Limerick man accused of assault at anti-water charges protest

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Some of protestors who attended last years protest. Joseph Shanahan (not in photo) is accused of assaulting a detective garda
AN ANTI-water charges protester faces the possibility of a six month prison sentence after he was charged with assaulting a detective during a protest at a Limerick city hotel.

AN ANTI-water charges protester faces the possibility of a six month prison sentence after he was charged with assaulting a detective during a protest at a Limerick city hotel.

Joseph Shanahan, aged 63, of St Michael’s Court, Watergate is accused of assaulting Detective Garda Pat Whelan who was on duty during the protest outside the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road on November 24, last.

The anti-water charges protest, which attracted a sizeable crowd, was organised to coincide with a visit by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny who was attending a private Fine Gael event at the hotel.

It is alleged that Mr Shanahan elbowed Det Garda Whelan in the ribs shortly before 10pm as he was escorting a member of the public through the crowd of demonstrators.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant, who appeared before the court having being summonsed, is represented by solicitor John Devane, who is currently unwell.

Making an application on behalf of Mr Devane, solicitor Sarah Ryan asked that the case be adjourned to September.

She requested the disclosure of all material relating to the case and asked that any CCTV footage of the alleged incident also be disclosed.

Anti Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville, who took part in the protest outside the Greenhills, has criticised the prosecution citing it as a waste of time.

“Surely there are more pressing issues than a peaceful protest six months ago,” said Cllr Prendiville who accompanied Mr Shanahan in court.