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Saturday 16 December 2017

Rapper faces charges over Queen visit demo

A RAPPER who recently told the nation that her "spirit knows no colour, race or creed" was arrested at a riot during the queen's visit to Ireland.

'Temper-Mental MissEllayneous' -- or Elayne Harrington (24) -- had to be restrained and as she struggled with gardai after a demonstration turned nasty on the evening of May 17 last year.

The hip hop artist's 'unique talents' were central to this week's much discussed 'Ireland's Rappers' show as she described Beethoven as an inspiration.

Ms Harrington, of Sycamore Road in Finglas, was arrested and spent a night in custody before being charged with two public order offences at a special late night sitting of Cloverhill District Court.

She was one of 20 people charged with offences arising from violence in Dublin during the first day of Queen Elizabeth's historic visit.

After her court appearance she was released on bail. It is understood that the charges were subsequently withdrawn but then re-entered. Harrington is due before Dublin District Court in April.

She did not want to comment on her arrest when the Herald requested an interview. Her promoter Frank Murray said that Harrington did not want to speak about the riots.

However we understand that she was reciting poetry and playing a bodhran at the protest before events turned violent and a riot broke out. The rapper was not involved in violent activity.

Harrington played a leading role in Monday night's Reality Bites documentary which followed some of the most prominent people in Ireland's rap scene.

According to a promotional article for the programme on the RTE website, the rapper known as MissEllayneous "is one of Ireland's most outspoken rappers with a unique style of performance which has made her one of the country's most exciting and provocative solo performers in any musical style."

According to Monday night's show, Harrington uses her rapping ability to preach a strong sociological message.

"My spirit knows no gender, or colour, or race or creed -- it doesn't know or care," she preached.

She has also performed for the Occupy Dame Street protest at the Central Bank.

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