Three bailed over EPP protest

Three people have appeared in court charged in connection with anti-austerity protests outside the European People's Party congress.

They were arrested after protestors clashed with Gardaí outside the Convention Centre in Dublin last night.

The EPP conference got underway yesterday and the attendance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders was marked by anti-austerity protests.

Two political activists and a student were arrested after fracas broke out between Gardaí and a small number of protestors.

Shane O'Brien, of Rathbourne Avenue, Ashtown was the first to be brought before Dublin District Court. Jennifer Rieck, a German student who is staying at Charleston Road, Ranelagh faces the same charge and is further accused of giving a false name.

Stephen Bennett of Pearse Green, Sallynoggin is facing three charges, including the assault of a Garda.

During his short court appearance, the 42-year-old told Judge Patricia McNamara he was part of a "general protest against the fascists in Europe"

All three were granted bail and are due back in court later this month.

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