Court Date Over Cement Truck Crash

The 41-year-old man arrested after allegedly driving a concrete mixer truck into the gates of Leinster House yesterday is to appear in court today.

Gardaí said the man, named as Joe McNamara from Achill Island, Co Mayo, is facing charges of criminal damage. He is in custody until his appearance before the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street at 10.30am this morning.

Mr McNamara was arrested after the bizarre incident that saw a cement truck allegedly attempt to ram the gates of Leinster House.

The incident occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning, when the truck emblazoned with the words 'Toxic Bank Anglo' sped towards the front gates to the home of the Oireachtas.

The driver then escaped through a hatch on the roof before being arrested at about 7.15am. It is said the driver then locked his cabin and climbed on to the roof of the truck. He then attempted to open makeshift doors on the back of the truck to reveal a protest banner.

The slogans 'Toxic Bank Anglo', '€1,000,000 on golf balls' and '€500K for golf' were displayed on the side of the truck and its registration plate showed the word 'bankrupt'.

Minor damage was caused to the paintwork of the Leinster House's gates.

A Gardaí spokesman said that as well as the damage to the front gates, brake lines and electric cables had been cut during attempts to reverse the truck from the gates by recovery crews.

It is believed that in April of this year, a similar stunt was attempted when a cement mixer truck, with similar wording on it, was abandoned outside a branch of the bank on Forster Street, Galway. The cabin was locked and the engine left running.

The incident is believed to be related to yesterday's European Day of Action that took place throughout 14 European countries.


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