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Gay bar graffiti attack accused awaits DPP directions

Eoin Berkeley
Eoin Berkeley

A MAN accused of damaging one of Dublin’s best known gay bars with homophobic graffiti has been remanded on continuing bail pending directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Eoin Berkeley, 23, appeared again at Dublin District Court on Tuesday having already been charged in May. He is accused of criminal damage to the facade and panels at the George Bar in the city-centre in the early hours of May 20 last. 

Derogatory language and a swastika daubed in chalk had to be removed from the pub’s facade. The court has heard that there was a possibility of further charges.

Defence counsel Ian Woodland told Judge Michael Walsh he understands that the DPP needed more time to give directions. A court garda sergeant confirmed that and the defence consented to the case being adjourned until a date in September. Mr Berkeley was remanded on continuing bail.

At his first hearing on May 22 last he was warned he risked having his bail revoked if he broke conditions imposed by the court which compel him to stay away from the bar on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street.

The 23-year-old, from Hampton Wood Way, Finglas, Dublin 11, who is on a disability benefit, has not yet indicated how he will plead.

A summary of the prosecution evidence was handed over in court to his solicitor at the first hearing. The court was also told that CCTV evidence would also be disclosed.

There was no objection to bail provided he obeyed six conditions: stay out of the Dublin 2 area, specifically remain away from The George, sign on daily at his local Garda station, reside at his current address, notify gardai of any change of address, and “be sober habits and be of good behaviour”.

He had replied “yeah” at the previous hearing when a judge warned that “if there is any breach, bail can be revoked by the court”.

Free legal aid was also granted after the defence explained to the court that Mr Berkeley is in receipt of a €193 a week disability benefit. His access to funds was limited, his solicitor had said.