Monday 24 October 2016

Young man is ordered to stay out of Temple Bar

Eoin Berkeley is charged with damaging Central Bank pillars
Eoin Berkeley is charged with damaging Central Bank pillars

A young man has been charged with damaging the pillars of the Central Bank in Dublin.

Eoin Berkeley (22) was granted bail on condition that he stays away from Temple Bar, where the building is located.

The accused is charged with one count of criminal damage in an incident earlier this month.

He allegedly damaged the marble plinth and granite pillars of the Central Bank building at Central Bank Plaza, Temple Bar, on April 12.

Evidence of his arrest, charge and caution were handed in to Dublin District Court by certificate by a garda sergeant.

The court heard there were some objections to bail.

The sergeant told Judge Michael Walsh that the defend- ant had been given bail on another charge in the same court on March 18.

One of the conditions of his bail was that he stays out of the Dublin 2 area.

The latest alleged offence was in breach of that condition, the sergeant said.


The prosecution also maintained that Mr Berkeley had failed to comply with a condition to sign on three times a week at Finglas Garda Station.

The Director of Public Prosecutions was directing summary disposal of the criminal damage charge, the garda sergeant said.

This means the case can be dealt with at district court level.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier said the accused - with an address at Hamptonwood Way, Finglas - had found himself out of the family home and was anxious to be granted bail.

He had the support of his mother, though the relationship was "strained" at the moment, Mr Collier said.

He said the charge before the court was of a "relatively minor nature" and there was an "anti-authoritarian-type profile" to it.

Judge Walsh granted bail in the defendant's own bond of €300, of which €100 in cash was to be lodged.

He must sign on daily at Mountjoy Garda Station and live at an address provided at North Circular Road.

Free legal aid was granted after the court heard the defendant was not working and there was no garda objection.

He has not yet indicated how he intends to plead. He was remanded on bail.

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