Monday 24 October 2016

Tanaiste egg-thrower is a 'flying column' protester

Donall O Ceallaigh
Donall O Ceallaigh
Donall O Ceallaigh (in red hat) at the ant-meter protest in Mount Argus Grove. Harold's Cross, Dublin.
Donall O Ceallaigh (in red hat) at the ant-meter protest in Mount Argus Grove. Harold's Cross, Dublin.
A paramilitary firing a gun on Saturday April 4, 2015

THIS is hardline republican anti-water charge protester Donall O Ceallaigh who was previously fined after throwing an egg at former Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's car.

O Ceallaigh (31), a member of Republican Sinn Fein, was arrested at Dublin's Mount Argus estate last Wednesday 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 and prevent water meters from being installed.

O Ceallaigh, who was wearing an Easter lily on his jacket, was spotted on Thursday filming meter installation workers with his phone, as workers also videoed the protesters.

He frequently shares Republican Sinn Fein posts on his Facebook page and on Saturday also shared a video of a paramilitary display at a cemetery in the north.

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"Following the reading of the Roll of Honour, a volunteer of the Continuity IRA fired a volley of shots at today's Easter Commemoration in Lurgan," he wrote, sharing the clip of a masked man firing a handgun.

He previously came before the courts over an incident where eggs were thrown at Mr Gilmore's car.

The then-Tanaiste 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.

Originally charged under the name Daniel Kelly, O Ceallaigh was granted bail at an early hearing in the case with a condition "to stay away from public events where Government ministers are in attendance".

During the proceedings 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".

Dublin District Court heard that Mr O Ceallaigh threw the egg in protest at proposed child benefit cuts. The judge rejected his claim that throwing eggs was an acceptable form of protest.

The court was told that no damage was caused to the BMW carrying Mr Gilmore, but that it cost €9 to clean the vehicle.

Mr O Ceallaigh was spared jail and fined €250.

There were seven arrests at the water protest at Mount Argus Grove last Wednesday.

All of those detained, including O Ceallaigh, were released without charge. He did not respond to attempts to contact him.


The meter installation work at the estate was targeted by the 'D.8 & D.12 Say No To Water Tax' group. Its Facebook page encourages a so-called 'Flying Column' of protesters to disrupt water workers around the city.

Yesterday the Herald revealed how Damien Farrell, an unsuccessful election candidate for republican party Eirigi, is one of the administrators of that Facebook page.

Mr Farrell (46) played down the role of hardline republicans in the protests saying that they also includes non-political community activists and ordinary residents opposed to the water meters. He insists that their protests are peaceful.


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