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Five appear in court charged over throwing paint at Department of Justice

The incident occurred in March, with the five saying they were protesting the ‘whitewashing’ of the GardaGate scandal.

Gardaí and protesters outside the Department of Justice
Gardaí and protesters outside the Department of Justice
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

FIVE PEOPLE APPEARED in court yesterday charged over throwing paint at the Department of Justice.

They were charged in connection with an incident that occurred on 31 March, when they were protesting against what they believed was the ‘whitewashing’ of the GardaGate scandal.

White paint was daubed on the sign, windows and pillars at Minister for Justice Alan Shatter’s department, with the paint also landing on members of An Garda Siochána.

Around 20 people had gathered outside the department for the protest.

The five – one woman and four men – were arrested that day. In court, three faced charges of criminal damage, while one man and the woman were charged with a public order offence.

They are due to appear to appear before the court again in June.

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