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Thursday 7 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C
Leinster House

Thirteen people charged after arrests at Leinster House protests

Two men who were arrested appeared before court on public order charges and were granted bail.

THIRTEEN PEOPLE WHO were arrested in the streets around Leinster House yesterday have been charged, gardaí have confirmed.

Around 200 protesters held a demonstration outside Leinster House bearing signs and banners as the Dáil returned to session after the summer recess. 

Two men in their 40s who were arrested appeared before court on public order charges and were granted bail. 

Philip Keogh, 45, Griffith Park, Finglas, and Darryl McMahon, 48, of Charlestown Park, Finglas, appeared before Judge Alan Mitchell at Dublin District Court.

Both are accused of threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Molesworth Street.

Keogh has an additional charge for obstructing gardai during the incident, while McMahon has an extra charge for failing to comply with a Garda direction to leave the vicinity.

Garda Glen Quinn told Judge Mitchell they had no reply when charged at Kevin Street station today.

The garda objected to bail in Keogh’s case only.

“Following his arrest, he informed me he would not appear before the court on these charges because he does not recognise the charges,” said Garda Quinn.

Pleading for bail, defence solicitor Donal Quigley said it was not that Keogh did not recognise the charges but that he “doesn’t believe he should be charged” and did not admit them.

“It was a protest he was arrested at, and emotions in these matters can run quite high,” the solicitor said.

Following a query from the judge, the garda clarified that further charges were not likely.

The judge decided to grant bail, and the garda asked for conditions with the accused ordered to stay away from Molesworth Street and the houses of the Oireachtas.

However, Judge Mitchell said there was a Constitutional right of assembly and “that would be a step too far.”

He granted bail in Keogh’s bond of €300, with no cash lodgement required, but he must sign on at his local garda station once a week.

After noting he was employed, he also granted free legal aid to Keogh.

There were no bail objections in McMahon’s case, and his case was adjourned to the same date.

Judge Mitchell ordered disclosure of prosecution evidence to their solicitor and remanded them on bail to appear in court again on October 11 to indicate how they intend to plead.

Nine other men, ranging in age, and two women (40s and 30s) are due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin at a later date.

Additional reporting by Mairead Maguire 

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