Special court to help tackle G8 protesters
A SPECIAL court is being set up to deal with protesters who are arrested and charged with offences arising from demonstrations linked to the G8 summit in the North next week.
The court will sit day and night, if required, at the Cloverhill prison complex in west Dublin during the economic summit and suspects, who are remanded in custody, can then be moved through a tunnel from the courthouse to the adjoining jail.
An estimated 500 troops are being placed on standby and will be located at barracks in Dublin, Finner in Donegal and Dundalk to allow them to react quickly if they are needed to supplement the 900 gardai on duty in the border region as part of a security operation, codenamed Shield.
It is expected that a number of demonstrations will be held in Dublin and some of the protest groups are then likely to head to the Border.
Gardai and the PSNI are responsible for security at the summit in the Lough Erne resort centre at Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.