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Melissa Joyce outside court

Melissa Joyce outside court

Melissa Joyce outside court

THIS is the woman who allegedly brought an explosive device into the offices of a local authority and threatened to set the building on fire.

Melissa Joyce (23) is accused of bringing a lighter and a plastic bottle filled with petrol into the offices of Fingal County Council.

Fingal council staff were evacuated from the building as a precaution following the incident last Tuesday afternoon, which was attended by gardai and members of the Dublin Fire Brigade.

Joyce is also accused of seriously assaulting a member of the council's housing department during the incident.

She has been ordered to stay away from the offices of Fingal County Council in Blanchardstown for the duration of the trial.

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Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter for four weeks for DPP's directions on the charges.

The accused, of St Mary's Park in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with threatening and abusive behaviour and with seriously assaulting Liam Burke, an official in the council's housing department.

Joyce is also accused of threatening to damage the council offices and to bringing a lighter and a plastic bottle filled with petrol into the offices in a manner likely to endanger life or property.

The alleged incident took place at the offices of Fingal County Council, Grove Road in Blanchardstown on June 11.

Garda Colm Grogan said he had no objection to bail, subject to a number of conditions.

Judge McHugh remanded Joyce on bail in her own bond of €100. As part of her bail, Joyce must sign on twice a week at Finglas Garda Station.

The judge also ordered her to stay away from the offices of Fingal County Council and to have no contact with the alleged victim.

Garda Grogan said a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Judge McHugh adjourned the matter for four weeks for DPP's directions on the charges.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty was assigned on free legal aid.

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