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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Man charged over attack on iconic gay pub in city is banned from D2 area

Eoin Berkeley
Eoin Berkeley
The George

This is the man who has been charged with criminal damage after an attack on popular gay bar The George at the weekend, in which homophobic slogans were daubed on the facade.

Eoin Berkeley (23), from Hampton Wood Way in Finglas, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday after being arrested near the city centre.

Mr Berkeley has been ordered to stay sober and to stay away from the Dublin 2 area, specifically The George.

Damage

He was charged with criminal damage to the facade and panels on the front of the iconic gay bar in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Homophobic remarks and swastikas were daubed in chalk on the building and have since being cleaned off.

Evidence was given to Judge Deirdre Gearty that CCTV would form part of the prosecution.

Mr Berkeley was granted bail under the strict condition that he stay away from the Dublin 2 area, specifically The George pub.

He must also sign on daily at Ballymun Garda Station between 7am and 7pm, be resident at the address supplied to the court, and be of sober habits and good behaviour.

His solicitor applied for free legal aid to be granted and said that his client is in receipt of €193 a week disability benefit.

His client's access to funds was limited and it was not believed that gardai would be objecting, the solicitor added.

The judge granted legal aid and directed that the video evidence was to be handed over to the defence.

She remanded Mr Berkeley on bail to appear again on July 4.

Breach

Directions need to be obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions and there is a possibility of further charges, the judge noted.

She ordered him to obey the bail terms and he replied "yeah", before the judge warned him that "if there is any breach, bail can be revoked by the court".

Mr Berkeley sat quietly in court wearing a green top and blue tracksuit bottoms.

He was released on his own bond of €150.

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