Man charged over Grafton Street, Dublin protest riot ‘only there to document event’
Caoilte Cahill was one of 13 people who were charged over Saturday’s riot that saw three gardai injured
One of the men charged over the Grafton Street, Dublin riot at the weekend has insisted he did nothing illegal – and was only there to document the event.
Filmmaker Caoilte Cahill, originally from Shankill in south Dublin but with an address on the North Circular Road in the city centre, was one of 13 people who were charged over Saturday’s riot that saw three gardai injured.
Caoilte, 25 and his father Fergus, 59, are facing three public order charges.
Asked about the incident by the Irish Daily Star after he appeared in court along with dentist dad Fergus, Mr Cahill said: “I am a filmmaker that was there to document. Thank you.”
Fergus Cahill, of Aubrey Park in Shankill, south Dublin, is a well-regarded dentist in the area. Mr Cahill owns the Shankill Dental Clinic at that address.
He and his son Caoilte are both charged under sections six, eight and 19 of the public order act: threatening or abusive language: failure to comply with a garda’s directions and obstruction or assault of a peace officer.
The maximum penalty for all the offences is 12 months in prison.
The Cahills and 11 other people – including twins – appeared in Dublin District Court on Saturday evening after the riot, in which 23 people were arrested.
They were all released on bail of €200, to appear before Cloverhill District Court in west Dublin on March 5 at 10am.
The court proceedings will be by video link. The conditions of the bail were that they abide by all aspects of the Health Act in relation to Covid-19 restrictions.
They must also not take part in unlawful assemblies and be of good behaviour.
Those who were charged with offences under the Act included:
- Craig Byrne, 23, 205 Crumlin Road, Dublin 12;, relating to Sections 6, 8, and 19 at O’Connell Street Lower;
- James Moore, 19, 40 Fairways Park, Finglas, Dublin, relating to Sections 6 – threatening or abusive language – and 8, failure to comply with a Garda direction.
- Jason Sheridan, 27, of Pearse House, Pearse Street, Dublin 2, threatening or abusive language at Grafton Street;
- Kevin and Stephen Fitzgerald, twin brothers aged 26 of Newbury Grove, Clonshaugh, County Dublin, relating to threatening or abusive language.
- Joseph Reynolds, 9/10 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2; relating to incident in Dawson Street;
- Fergus Cahill, 59, of Aubury Park, Shankill, County Dublin, in relation to Sections 6, 8 and 19, and his son Caoilte Cahill, 25, of North Circular Road, Dublin 7;
- Darragh Tril, ,19, from Mellowes Park Finglas, is charged with two public order offences
- John Darby, 29, of Deerpark Lodge, Tallaght, is charged with three public order offences. He told the court he had committed no crime and should not be there.
- Sean Browne, 21, of Mellows Park, Finglas, Dublin, is charged with one count of threatening or abusive language.
- John Lloyd, 19, of Farnham Drive, Finglas, Dublin 9; is charged with the same offence.
- Joanne Kavanagh, 24, of Dolphin Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, is charged with that offence, as well as obstruction
A total of 23 people were arrested in the city centre – seven people were charged with offences and released on station bail and three juveniles were released for consideration of inclusion in the Juvenile Diversion Programme, gardai said.
One officer sustained a broken ankle during the events at the weekend.
It’s understood that officer’s injuries are so serious he will have to have pins inserted into his leg and foot.