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Man accused of egg attack on Gilmore's car

A PROTESTER accused of throwing eggs at Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's ministerial BMW caused no damage but the car had to be cleaned at a cost of ¤9, a court heard.

Donall O Ceallaigh (28), of Harold's Cross Road, Dublin 6, is charged with criminal damage to a 5-Series BMW, property of An Garda Siochana's transport section, and breach of the peace.

Dublin District Court heard yesterday that on October 5, the Tanaiste was attending an event to promote the Children's 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 The Base, a childcare centre, for Unicef's launch of their support for a Yes vote.

Mr Gilmore was with Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald and had been due to attend but he abandoned the event after the alleged incident.


A demonstration was staged following reports that the Government planned to cut children's allowance payments in the Budget.

Later that day O Ceallaigh was charged.

He was remanded on bail with a condition "to stay away from public events where Government ministers are in attendance".

In an outline of the allegations, Judge Victor Blake was told that "eggs were thrown at the car". Judge Blake accepted jurisdiction, meaning the case will stay in the District Court and not be sent to the Circuit Court which has wider powers.

O Ceallaigh was ordered to appear again next week.

A district court conviction for criminal damage can carry a prison term not exceeding 12 months, as well as a fine.

The breach of the peace offence can result in a fine and or a sentence of up to three months in jail.