Monday 19 August 2019

Obstruction of minister's car court case is dismissed

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Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A protester who was accused of wilfully obstructing a minister's car and assaulting a Garda inspector during a political demonstration has had the case against her dismissed.

Regina Ward (49) had allegedly prevented the free passage of then-minister James Reilly's car after Tánaiste Joan Burton opened a social welfare office in Balbriggan in 2016.

A court heard Ms Ward was hit by Mr Reilly's car and ended up on the bonnet.

Judge Kathryn Hutton dismissed the case after hearing the prosecution had only disclosed some of the video footage available of the incident to the defence.


Ms Ward's lawyer argued the prosecution had been a "heavy-handed", political one.

Ms Ward, from Clonuske Drive, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to obstructing the free passage of a person and vehicle, assaulting Garda Inspector Neil Curran and threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

The offences were alleged to have happened at Mill Street, Balbriggan, on January 6, 2016.

Dismissing the case, Judge Hutton said the prosecution could appeal her decision.

Irish Independent

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