Man (28) in court on criminal damage charge
A 28-YEAR-OLD unemployed man has been charged with criminal damage following an egg attack on Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's ministerial BMW car.
Mr Gilmore was attending an event to promote the children's rights referendum when his car was allegedly attacked by protesters at about 11am at the Blackditch Road, in Ballyfermot, in west Dublin.
Seventy children were in the Base, a childcare centre, for Unicef's launch of their support for the children's rights referendum.
Mr Gilmore was with Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald and had been due to launch the charity's campaign for the poll, which is to be held on November 10. Following his arrest, Daniel Kelly was brought before Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court.
Mr Kelly, of Harold's Cross Road, Dublin 6, was accused of criminal damage to the ministerial car, and also faces a breach of the peace charge.
Mr Kelly did not address the court during the brief hearing, in which Judge McNamara was told that less than €200 worth of damage was believed to have been caused to the car.
The DPP has directed that the case should be dealt with in the District Court.
However, Judge McNamara deferred ruling on the issue of jurisdiction in relation to the criminal damage charge.
She said that would be determined when the exact value of the damage was known.
Defence solicitor Maura Kiely said Mr Kelly was agreeable to obeying a bail condition "to stay away from public events where government ministers are in attendance".
Legal aid was granted to Mr Kelly, who is on social welfare, and he was remanded on bail to appear again on October 26.