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criminal damage Campaign set up to raise €3k for Extinction Rebellion activists' bail in Iveagh House graffiti case

They were charged with criminal damage at Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney's department building, Iveagh House, at St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

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Paint was splattered on the front of the building and graffiti saying “no more empty promises” sprayed across the building’s entrance. Photo: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Paint was splattered on the front of the building and graffiti saying “no more empty promises” sprayed across the building’s entrance. Photo: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Paint was splattered on the front of the building and graffiti saying “no more empty promises” sprayed across the building’s entrance. Photo: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

A CAMPAIGN has been set up to raise bail money for two Extinction Rebellion activists who allegedly travelled from Cork to Dublin to live-stream a graffiti attack at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Orla Murphy (19), of Ballinacarrig, Whitechurch, Co Cork, and 21-year-old Oxford University biology student Zachery Lumley, from South Lodge, Ballinlough, Cork, were arrested on Friday afternoon.

They were charged with criminal damage at Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney's department building, Iveagh House, at St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.

Paint was splattered on the front of the building and graffiti saying "no more empty promises" was sprayed across the entrance.

Posters were also stuck to columns. Repairs have commenced but gardaí were told they could end up costing €10,000.

The activists appeared before Judge Paula Murphy at Dublin District Court on Saturday.

Following submissions from defence solicitor Niamh Kelly, Judge Murphy granted bail but added a number of conditions.

The accused were ordered to stay out of Dublin and away from all Government buildings, and to abide by Covid-19 restrictions.

Former film student Ms Murphy's bail was set in her own bond of €1,000 but she must lodge €500.

Mr Lumley needs an independent surety in the sum of €2,500 to be approved.

Following the court hearing, supporters set up an online fundraiser.

The GoFundMe 'Help bail out environmental activists Zac & Orla' campaign aims to get €3,000 to allow the activists to take up bail.


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