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Sunday 4 December 2016

Protester arrested over damage to installer van

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Donal O Ceallaigh
Donal O Ceallaigh
Donal O Ceallaigh FB post

Hardline Republican anti-water-charge protester Donall O Ceallaigh was arrested in the Harold's Cross area of Dublin this week.

O Ceallaigh (31) was brought to Sundrive Road Garda Station in Crumlin on Wednesday where he was questioned about alleged criminal damage to an Irish Water van.

Before his arrest for alleged public order offences at 11am, O Ceallaigh had posted videos of Irish Water workers in Harold's Cross Park on his Facebook page.

After his release, he revealed on his Facebook page that he had been questioned for eight hours because he "apparantly damaged (his) wing mirror", before posting a photo of a charge sheet which was issued to him by gardai.

O Ceallaigh with an address at Emmet Road, Inchicore, was previously fined after throwing an egg at former Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's car.

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Also known as Daniel Kelly, a member of Republican Sinn Fein, he was also arrested at Dublin's Mount Argus estate earlier this month as demonstrators protested against Irish Water contractors installing meters.

Despite the arrest, he returned to Harold's Cross the following day to once again try to prevent water meters from being installed.

The location of his arrest on Wednesday was within walking distance of where he had been previously arrested.

Then-Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was attending an event to promote the children's rights referendum when his car was attacked by protesters on October 5, 2012, at the Blackditch Road, in Ballyfermot, west Dublin.

During the proceedings for that incident, his solicitor asked the judge to change the name of the accused on the charge sheets to its Irish version, Donall O Ceallaigh, to which the judge replied "an mhaith".

No damage was caused to the car and O Ceallaigh was fined €250 in the District Court.

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