Charge withdrawn against man who identified himself to the police in Irish

The charge against a man who gave his details to police in Irish has been withdrawn, at Londonderry Magistrates Court.


Dermot Douglas, of Cardiffs Bridge Road, Finglas, was charged with an offence under terrorism legislation after providing his name and address to police in Irish.

The 49-year-old was charged with failing to answer a question to the best of his knowledge on March 6.

Before Lonodnderry Magistrates Court a representative for the PPS made an application to withdraw the charge.

District Judge Peter King told Mr Douglas he was free to go.

A large number of supporters had gathered outside the court and had put up posters across Bishop’s Gate emblazoned: Irish is not a crime.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Douglas said the decision to charge him was a “huge waste of money. He described it as a ‘farce’ and ‘disgraceful’.

He said if he had given his details to the police in any other language he wouldn’t have been arrested.