Saturday 17 March 2018

Water protester held on IRA charges

Protester Donall O Ceallaigh (Photo: Courtpix)
Protester Donall O Ceallaigh (Photo: Courtpix)
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

A leading Dublin water charge protester has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with membership of the IRA.

Donal O Ceallaigh (32) who appeared in court on Friday with two other men also charged with IRA membership has been at the forefront of water protests in Dublin.

He was fined €250 for throwing an egg at then Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's car in Dublin in October 2012. Mr Gilmore was attending a children's rights referendum event in Ballyfermot, when O Ceallaigh was arrested after the Tanaiste's car was pelted.

O Ceallaigh, who was charged under his original name Daniel Kelly, was also told "to stay away from public events where Government ministers are in attendance".

O Ceallaigh, of Emmet Road, Inchicore, was also arrested during protests against the installation of water meters in Foxrock last year and was given 60 hours community service

He was arrested in south Dublin on Thursday. It was reported at the time that gardai from the Special Detective Unit also seized a "grey powder substance and a number of mobile phones".

On Friday, Jonathan Hawthorn (44) of Ballintyre Downs in Ballinteer; James Geraghty (60) of Dolphin House in Dolphin's Barn; and O Ceallaigh with an address on Beach Road, Sandymount were brought before the Special Court on IRA membership charges.

The three were remanded in custody pending a bail application on Tuesday.

Tens of thousands of water protesters again brought Dublin city centre to a standstill yesterday afternoon. The marchers formed up at Connolly and Heuston train stations marching to meet on the Quays before heading to a rally at Merrion Square behind the Dail and Government buildings.

The march took nearly an hour to make its way through the city centre to the mid- afternoon rally and passed off peacefully.

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