Saturday 1 October 2016

'Major pest' water protester and two others arrested at hospital in IRA probe

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

Published 16/09/2016 | 06:56

Donal O Ceallaigh
Donal O Ceallaigh

A hardline Republican water protester was arrested at a hospital by heavily-armed detectives investigating the activities of the IRA.

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Donall O’Ceallaigh (32) was one of three men who were arrested at St James’ Hospital in a planned surveillance operation on Tuesday by members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU).

Sources have revealed that armed gardai seized a grey powder substance and a number of mobile phones in the planned operation and the three men were arrested.

It had still not been determined last night what the suspicious powder is. The men were being questioned last night at different Dublin garda stations about membership of an illegal organisation.

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The other two arrested men are from the capital’s south inner city and Ballinteer on Dublin’s southside.

Gardai confirmed that three men aged in their 60’s, mid-40’s and early 30’s were in custody at Irishtown and Kevin Street Garda stations.

Donal O’Cellaigh is considered a “major pest” by gardai and who have been investigating if he has links to the Continuity IRA.

With an address at Emmet Road, Inchicore, he was previously fined after throwing an egg at former Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore’s car.

Then Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was attending an event to promote the children’s rights referendum when his car was attacked by protesters on October 5, 2012, in Ballyfermot.

During the proceedings for that incident, his solicitor asked the judge to change the name of the accused on the charge sheets to its Irish version, Donall O’Ceallaigh, to which the judge replied “an mhaith”.

No damage was caused to the car and O’Ceallaigh was fined €250 in the District Court.

On his social media account, O’Ceallaigh has a number of posts relating to Republican campaigns and events.

In one image posted earlier this year he posed beside the headstone of a former IRA chief of staff while wearing a green military uniform.

The grave belongs to Sean O’Bradaigh, who was also a former Sinn Fein TD as well a president of Republican Sinn Fein.

Another image he shared shows support for Continuity IRA prisoners who are currently imprisoned in Maghaberry Prison in Northern Ireland.

In posts last year when he

attended a number of water meter installation protests O’Ceallaigh shared pictures of his charge sheets that he received for public order related offences.

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