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Extinction Rebellion activist accused of Dept of Agriculture graffiti attack has case dismissed

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Extinction Rebellion activist Orla Murphy

Extinction Rebellion activist Orla Murphy

Extinction Rebellion activist Orla Murphy

AN environmental activist accused of carrying out a graffiti attack on the Department of Agriculture has had her case dismissed.

Orla Murphy (20) had denied causing criminal damage in a protest by the Extinction Rebellion group last year.

Judge John Hughes dismissed the case at Dublin District Court after the prosecution was unable to proceed today.

Ms Murphy, with an address at Ballinacarrig, Whitechurch, Co. Cork pleaded not guilty to damaging the department offices at Kildare Street on December 4, 2020.

She had been accused of spray painting a slogan onto a window.

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Extinction Rebellion's Ceara Carney dressed blindfolded in a gown as Lady Justice with Louis Heath in a suit to represent the state and activist Orla Murphy on the steps of the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin this morning.

Extinction Rebellion's Ceara Carney dressed blindfolded in a gown as Lady Justice with Louis Heath in a suit to represent the state and activist Orla Murphy on the steps of the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin this morning.

Extinction Rebellion's Ceara Carney dressed blindfolded in a gown as Lady Justice with Louis Heath in a suit to represent the state and activist Orla Murphy on the steps of the Criminal Court of Justice in Dublin this morning.

Today, the court heard the prosecution was not in a position to proceed.

Judge Hughes noted that the case had been listed in court a number of times and a hearing date had been set down in January.

Ms Murphy’s lawyer said his client had travelled from Cork to be in court for the hearing. The incident was a considerable amount of time ago and Ms Murphy had spent some time in custody.

The judge dismissed the charge.

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