Rioter in 'Love Ulster' parade sentenced

A rioter in the "Love Ulster" parade who destroyed a car and threw a barrier at gardaí has being sentenced to nine months at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A rioter in the "Love Ulster" parade who destroyed a car and threw a barrier at gardaí has being sentenced to nine months at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Vincent McDermott (25) of Corduff Road, Blanchardstown pleaded guilty to two counts of violent disorder on O’Connell Street on February 25, 2006.

Judge Katherine Delahunt said he "participated in the riots in a sizeable way" and his "full involvement and destruction of an innocent person’s car and property" warranted a custodial sentence.

Detective Garda Desmond Rogers told prosecuting counsel, Mr Damien Colgan BL, that McDermott was "on the front line of the riots" and was photographed throwing a barrier at gardaí on O’Connell Street before helping to overturn a British registered car on Nassau Street causing €25,000 worth of damage.

McDermott told gardaí he had gone along to the march wearing a tricolour around his neck to take part in a sit down protest but when he tried to sit down he kept getting hit by missiles thrown by rioters.

He said he saw a large group of men wearing balaclavas and observed someone being beaten up because the crowd said he stole something.

Gda Rogers said McDermott denied he was a member of any political group but said he disagreed with the march "going past the GPO on the 90th anniversary of the 1916 rising".

McDermott told gardaí he "deeply regretted" his actions and said: "The whole thing has put the peace process back two months."

Gda Rogers said McDermott was extremely co-operative and agreed to come to the garda station to be interviewed. He had worked constantly since school and had being in trouble twice before for public order offences.

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