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Wexford man who tried to chase down a plane at Dublin Airport bailed

The young man ‘mooned’ journalists and photographers as he left court today.

Patrick Kehoe leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
Patrick Kehoe leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
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A WEXFORD MAN, who was stopped running onto the tarmac at Terminal 1 after missing his flight, has been granted bail.

Patrick Kehoe, 23, from Raheenaskeagh, Oulart, Co Wexford, dashed past news photographers and then dropped his trousers and mooned at them after he was let out on bail by Dublin District Court.

Gardaí were alerted earlier this morning following a breach of security at about 7am on at Dublin Airport.

Ryanair staff and airport police stopped the man at the apron while he allegedly chased and tried to flag down a flight bound for Amsterdam.

The passenger was late for his flight but got through the boarding gate and a door leading to the tarmac, close to the Ryanair plane.

He was restrained and held until gardai arrived and brought him to Ballymun station.

He was charged with criminal damage and later brought to appear before Judge Bernadette Owens at Dublin District Court.

Patrick Kehoe is accused of criminal damage to a magnetic door lock at Gate 106 at Dublin Airport.

Dressed in a grey padded jacket, grey tracksuit bottoms and runners, the unemployed man grinned awkwardly as he stood before the judge who asked him if he had a solicitor, to which he replied, “No”. He had the same answers when the judge asked him if he was working and if he had the name of a solicitor.

“I don’t know any of them, do you want to choose me one?” he then said.

The judge said she could and she assigned solicitor Peter Connolly to act for the accused.

Garda David Cahill told the court he arrested Kehoe at Dublin Airport at 7.50am and brought him to Ballymun station.

“He made no reply to the charge after caution,” Garda Cahill said.

Garda Cahill said he did not have directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) yet and he sought a six-week adjournment.

There were no objections to bail but Garda Cahill sought a bail condition banning the accused from Dublin Airport unless he had “legitimate business” there.

However, this was successfully resisted by Connolly who objected to this condition.

Garda Cahill said it was possible that there would be “further charges”.

Kehoe has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Judge Bernadette Owens did not ban him from the airport but imposed the statutory bail terms, to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. He was released on his own bond of €200 and ordered to appear again on 8 November next for the DPP’s directions to be conveyed.

Legal aid was granted after Connolly furnished the court with a statement of his client’s means.

Kehoe, with his luggage in tow, left the court with a woman shortly after the hearing.

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