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Teenager charged in connection with Dublin riots released on bail

Gardai have already brought dozens of people before the courts on various charges related to the riot.

LAST UPDATE | 15 May

A 19-YEAR-OLD trainee electrician accused of criminal damage and arson of a Luas tram and rioting during a large-scale public order incident on Dublin’s O’Connell Street has been released on bail.

Evan Moore was charged with the three offences during the chaotic scenes on 23 November and appeared before Monika Leech at Dublin District Court today.

He is the latest person accused of committing serious criminal acts during a series of incidents that broke out in reaction to the stabbing of three children at Parnell Square.

Detective Garda Aisling Gralton told Judge Leech that she arrested the teenager at 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday in relation to offences allegedly committed on 23 November.

She said she brought him to Store Street station, where he “made no reply to each charge after caution and was handed true copies of each charge”.

The offences are under the Criminal Damage and Public Order Acts.

Dressed in a cream jumper, runners and grey jeans, Moore, of Grangemore Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13, did not address the court and has yet to indicate a plea.

Judge Leech noted there was no objection to bail with conditions she agreed to impose.

Moore, represented by solicitor Paddy McGarry, did not object.

Judge Leech noted that gardaí must obtain directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions, and she ordered the teenager to appear again on 30 July.

She set his bond at €200 and warned him that the bail terms stated he must be contactable 24/7, sign on every Saturday at Raheny Garda station and “be of good behaviour and not come to adverse Garda attention”.

Legal aid was granted after McGarry informed the court his client was an apprentice electrician earning €400 a week.

Gardai have already brought dozens of people before the courts on criminal damage, burglary, public order, weapons, thefts and various other charges connected to the riots.

Other proceedings stemming from the disturbances involved allegations of arson of a Garda car and a Luas tram and damage to a Dublin Fire Brigade tender.

Those cases have heard that it was “One of the most serious and largest scenes of public disorder that has ever occurred in the history of the State”.

The unrest in the city erupted after a girl, aged five, was severely wounded in a stabbing at Parnell Square on that afternoon. 

Two other children and a crèche worker were also injured.

Riad Bouchaker, 50, who has no fixed abode, was charged on 21 December with the attempted murders of two girls and a boy, as well as assault and production of the 36-centimetre knife. He remains in custody on remand pending trial.