Saturday 23 March 2019

Man quizzed after car rammed into British embassy gates

Gardai at British embassy after the incident on Saturday night
Gardai at British embassy after the incident on Saturday night

A man was being quizzed last night in relation to criminal damage after he rammed a car into the gates of the British embassy in Dublin and reportedly shouted anti-British slurs.

The 32-year-old was arrested on Saturday night after he crashed the vehicle into the gates on Merrion Road, Ballsbridge.

He caused minor damage to the gates, which are usually manned by a garda.

"The male is currently being detained at Donnybrook Garda Station under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended for criminal damage," gardai said in a statement.

Labour councillor Dermot Lacey said that if the reports of anti-British insults being shouted were accurate, this is the sort of behaviour that is not representative of anyone in the community.


"Those sorts of sentiments may have been tolerated by some in the 1970s, but you don't hear it any more," he said.

"And you wouldn't want to hear people with stupid views like that.

"People don't want to hear it because most people have moved on.

"We have gone beyond the politics of hate as a nation, and it would be very worrying if someone did shout anti-British slogans.

"But I doubt it would be representative of most Irish people, just as people like Tommy Robinson, the jailed English Defence League leader, isn't representative of most British people."

An eyewitness took to Twitter on Saturday night to share her concern at the incident.

She told how there were "flashing lights, armed garda support and lots of marked and unmarked garda cars pulled up outside the British embassy in Dublin".

The incident took place as a major security operation is under way in Cork, ahead of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla's trip to the city.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle - the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - will visit Ireland next month. Prince Charles and Camilla will arrive on Leeside on Thursday.

The couple will also be spending some time in Kerry.

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