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Dublin parliament 'toxic truck' accused in court

A man has appeared in court in Dublin charged with criminal damage after a concrete mixer truck was driven up to the gates of the Irish parliament.

Joe McNamara, 41, of Achill Island, County Mayo, was released on bail.

He was arrested on Wednesday after the truck was driven to the gates of Leinster House.

The words "Anglo Toxic Bank" were written on the mixer while a billboard on the back said "all politicians should be sacked".

It was the second time the truck was used in such a protest, having blocked the entrance to a branch of Anglo Irish Bank in Galway last April.

Mr McNamara was remanded on bail until 25 November on the condition that he did not come to the unlawful attention of police during that time.

The bail conditions did not include an application by Irish police for him to be ordered to stay away from Anglo Irish Bank's Dublin headquarters.

Anglo Irish Bank has become synonymous with the banking crash in the Irish Republic, requiring a government bail-out estimated at up to 34bn euros.

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