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The grave of Eamon de Valera, next to the round tower at Glasnevin Cemetery. Julien Behal PA Archive/PA Images
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Man charged with grave vandalism told to 'stay away from Glasnevin and de Valera family'

John Moore told Gardaí “I had a hammer” after his arrest at Glasnevin Cemetery.

A MAN IN his 50s appeared in court in Dublin today, charged with vandalising and damaging the headstone of Eamon de Valera at Glasnevin Cemetery yesterday.

John Moore, of Cherrymount Crescent, Clontarf, Dublin 3, was arrested at 3.15pm yesterday afternoon in relation to the vandalism, and taken to Mountjoy Garda Station.

Gardaí told Court no.1 at the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning that Moore told them “I had a hammer”, when he was charged with the crime under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

No objections were made to the granting of bail, but conditions were recommended and imposed by the judge.

These included “staying away from Glasnevin Cemetery”, “having no contact with the de Valera family”, and not possessing “any assets belonging to the family”.

Moore, who had no legal representation, agreed to these terms and also pledged to sign on three times a week at Clontarf Garda Station.

He is scheduled to appear in court again on 30 March 2017.

Read: Man arrested after Eamon de Valera’s grave vandalised in Glasnevin Cemetery

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