Sunday 30 April 2017

Politician is arrested twice in 24 hours

The politician, who is not from Cork, is a keen music fan and is understood to have attended the festival with friends.
The politician, who is not from Cork, is a keen music fan and is understood to have attended the festival with friends.
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A politician was arrested twice by gardaí in the space of 24 hours after attending a popular Cork music festival.

The man was arrested by gardaí after he had apparently attended the Indiependence music festival in Mitchelstown.

The politician, who is not from Cork, is a keen music fan and is understood to have attended the festival with friends.

He has served at both local and national levels of government. However, officers became concerned about the man's apparently erratic behaviour in the vicinity of the popular three-day music event.

After approaching him, one officer was verbally abused by the man. He then refused to calm down or leave the area as directed by other officers.

After several warnings, he was finally detained and taken to a nearby garda station.

It is understood the man vehemently protested about being detained and was argumentative with officers.

During one angry confrontation, it is alleged that one garda was assaulted. The officer was not injured. The man was released without charge several hours later.

However, just over 90 minutes later he was detained by other officers outside Mitchelstown for suspected drink driving. He was brought back to a garda station for a second time.

It remains unclear what action, if any, will result from the two detentions.

Irish Independent

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