Thursday 29 September 2016

Social Democrats Senator arrested in Dublin for allegedly breaching crime scene

John Brennan

Published 11/03/2016 | 09:50

James Heffernan
James Heffernan

A Social Democrats Senator was arrested last night in Dublin City Centre.

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Former Labour man, James Heffernan (36) from Limerick was arrested in Temple Bar last night when he failed to comply with orders from Gardai.

Mr Heffernan had allegedly been drinking when he breached a crime scene and failed to comply with a Garda order to leave the scene.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that “arrested a man in his 30’s for public order offences in Temple Bar on Thursday, March, 10.”

The incident occurred just after 8:15pm last night and Mr Heffernan was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station, before being released later without charge.

A spokesperson for the Social Democrats told Independent.ie, “there was a crime scene in Temple Bar, he’d been out with some friends and he stumbled through the middle of it.”

“[Gardai] thought at the time the incident that had occurred that led to the crime scene was potentially a murder scene, so they reacted very heavily to James stumbling through it.

“He was charged on the scene with refusing to comply with a direction from a member of An Garda Siochana, he was brought to Pearse Street Garda station and later released without charge and he apologises for any confusion caused,” the spokesperson added

Mr Heffernan ran unsuccessfully in the general election in Limerick county securing over 3,000 first preferences in the constituency.

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