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Friday 9 December 2016

Protester accused of scaling roof of GPO

Gardai went to the roof of the building where they allegedly saw the defendant opening a banner and attempting to climb to the top of the building

A protester is alleged to have scaled the roof of Dublin's GPO in a bid to unfurl a banner on top of the landmark building.

Judge John O'Neill asked for an outline of what was alleged to have happened.

A garda sergeant told the court that the prosecution's case would be that Robert O'Reilly scaled scaffolding that had been erected on the Henry Street side of the GPO.

Gardai went to the roof of the building where they allegedly saw the defendant opening a banner and attempting to climb to the top of the building.

The told the court that it was "a protest".

Mr O'Reilly (28) appeared before Dublin District Court on a trespass charge following the alleged incident.

Judge O'Neill remand- ed him on continuing bail.

Fear

Mr O'Reilly, of Dargle Crescent, Bray, Co Wicklow, is charged with trespassing in a building in a manner likely to cause fear.

The offence is alleged to have happened at the GPO on O'Connell Street on July 22.

It was the defendant's first time in court on the charge, and a solicitor made an application on his behalf for free legal aid.

Judge O'Neill granted legal aid and adjourned the case to a date next month for the accused to indicate how he intends to plead to the charge.

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