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Friday 17 November 2017

Further charges likely for NAMA rooftop protesters

SEVEN people arrested after an anti-NAMA rooftop protest at Anglo Irish Bank could face further charges, gardai have said.

The six men and one woman appeared in Dublin District Court accused of public order offences. Judge Ann Ryan remanded them on continuing bail and adjourned the case for three weeks.

Daithi Mac an Mhaistir (34) of Ascall Cros an Deisceart, Inchicore, John McCusher (33)of Amcomri Street, Belfast, and Padraig O Meiscill (25) of Brooklands Grange, Dunmurray, Belfast, are charged with using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.

Eoin O Se (31) of St Luke's Crescent, Milltown, Daithi O Riain (24) of Knockriana, Chapelizod and Ursula Shannon (26) of Inglewood Crescent, Clonsilla and Robert Fox of Hillcrest Park, Glasnevin are charged with criminal trespass.

The seven were arrested after around 80 people from the Republican group eirigi took part in a demonstration outside the St Stephen's Green headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank to protest against NAMA on May 15.

One of the investigating gardai asked Judge Ryan to adjourn the case, saying there may be further charges. Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny asked the judge to excuse O Meiscill and McCusher on the next date as they lived in Belfast.

Mr Kenny said the accused had not objected at the time bail was granted when they were brought before a special sitting of the court in the Bridewell.

Judge Ryan asked if this condition was causing "any grief to anyone in particular", noting that two of the accused lived outside the jurisdiction.

Mr Kenny said he was making the request "based on the fundamental right of freedom of movement".

The court sergeant said she would have to contact the individual prosecuting gardai. Judge Ryan refused to remove the condition.

aphelan@herald.ie

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