Tuesday 20 February 2018

Protester in court over blocking Hanafin's state car at Dail rally

Tom Tuite

A MAN who blocked a minister's state car outside the Dail in protest at the IMF bailout appeared in court yesterday.

Raymond Walker (42), who is originally from Derry but lives at Sherrard Street Lower in north inner-city Dublin, was arrested during protests on November 21 while standing in front of a car carrying Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin on Merrion Street, Dublin.

He was charged under the Public Order Act with obstructing Garda Jennifer Keys, interfering with the passage of a vehicle and engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

During his court appearance yesterday, Mr Walker's solicitor Patrick McGonagle told Judge Patrick McMahon: "We are taking a date for hearing on that."

He also requested that the prosecution furnish copies of CCTV evidence.

The judge remanded Mr Walker on bail to appear again at the District Court on February 2 next.

Mr Walker, who if convicted could face a 12-month sentence, is subject to a bail condition that he must stay away from Government Buildings.

Irish Independent

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