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The National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, Kildare Street

The National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, Kildare Street

The National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, Kildare Street

AN INTRUDER at Dublin's National Museum was "delusional" when he told staff he was looking for Enda Kenny and thought he was in the Dail, a court heard.

Peter Bradshaw (50) put employees in fear when he followed a worker in through an open door, then ignored her when confronted.

Judge Michael Walsh gave him a three-month suspended sentence and banned him from returning to the museum.

Bradshaw, of Glin Drive in Coolock, admitted to trespassing in a manner likely to cause fear at the National Museum, Kildare Street on November 21.

Dublin District Court heard officers were called to the museum at 8.10pm and were met by staff who said the defendant had entered the museum and was across the road in a cafe.

When approached and asked why he was there, he said he was looking for Enda Kenny and thought he was in the Dail.

It was explained to gardai that staff had been walking in through a back door and Bradshaw "simply walked in past them into the museum".

Challenged

He was challenged by a member of staff but ignored her. She was worried because of his demeanour and called gardai.

On the day, the defendant was experiencing a psychiatric episode after his medication had changed, his solicitor Tony Collier said. He was now stable and "doing well".

"It's obvious something was amiss with Mr Bradshaw," Mr Collier said.

Judge Walsh said he was concerned by the location of the offence. Mr Collier said he did not want to minimise what happened, but the defendant did not interfere with staff.

"His motivation, what he expressed at the time, was delusional," Mr Collier said. "He was being treated for hallucinations."

"I am not at all impressed in relation to where the offence was committed," said Judge Walsh, banning him from the National Museum.

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