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Two Extinction Rebellion activists arrested over graffiti attack at Iveagh House

Two arrests have been made in relation to a live-streamed graffiti attack at the Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday.

Orla Murphy (19) and 21-year-old Zachery Lumley, both from Cork, were arrested and charged with criminal damage at Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green where the Department of Foreign Affairs is housed.

The graffiti, which was sprayed across the building’s entrance, read “no more empty promises” in red paint with posters accompanying the graffiti on the wall of the building.

The non-violent direct action, as described by Extinction Rebellion, may cost up to €10,000 according to gardaí.

Ms Murphy had her bail set at €1,000 and she must lodge €500, as well as signing into her local garda station on a daily basis, remain contactable by phone at all times, stay out of Dublin and reside at her home address.

She was also warned to stay away from government buildings and abide by Covid-19 restrictions.

Mr Murphy refused to obey these terms and as a result, was remanded in custody with consent to bail. Mr Lumley received similar conditions as well as having an independent surety in the sum of €2,500 approved.

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