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Sunday 17 December 2017

Water charge protester held in IRA probe

Protester Donall O Ceallaigh (Courtpix)
Protester Donall O Ceallaigh (Courtpix)

Robin Schiller and Ken Foy

A hardline Republican water protester is in garda custody after he was arrested at a hospital by detectives investigating the activities of the IRA.

Donall O Ceallaigh (32) was one of three men who were arrested at St James's Hospital in a planned surveillance operation on Tuesday by members of the Special Detective Unit.

O Ceallaigh, with an address at Emmet Road, Inchicore, was previously fined after throwing an egg at former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore's car.

Sources have revealed that armed gardaí seized a grey powder substance and a number of mobile phones in the planned operation and three men were arrested.

It had still not been determined last night what the powder substance is.

They were all still being questioned last night at different Dublin garda stations about membership of an illegal organisation.

The other two arrested men are from the capital's south inner city and Ballinteer on Dublin's southside.

Gardaí last night confirmed that three men aged in their 60s, mid-40s and early 30s were in custody at Irishtown and Kevin Street garda stations.

Irish Independent

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