Recently elected Derry Councillor Gary Donnelly has had a court-imposed curfew altered to enable him to attend local authority meetings.
Judge Barney McElholm moved the curfew from 10pm to 12am, but refused to do away with it altogether during yesterday’s sitting of the Magistrate’s Court.
Donnelly (43) from Iniscarn Road is facing a charge of damaging the City Walls on February 1st this year.
His solicitor Paddy MacDermott outlined how Donnelly needed to attend possibly lengthy council meetings, beginning tonight.
A PSNI Constable, however opposed the change to bail conditions on grounds including that Donnelly is alleged to have been directly involved with the alleged incident and gave an interview to BBC Radio Foyle recently during which he said he was not against graffiti, and when asked about it being a criminal offence said that it was a tool for the working class who had no other way of getting their message out, and had a history back to the pyramids.
Mr MacDermott said that Banksy was a very famous graffiti artist whose works are worth thousands and are exhibited in New York. He said there were “different views” on graffiti, to which Mr McElholm replied: “Would you suggest there is some artistic merit to ‘End Internment Now’, how many years after internment?”
He added: “I was going to say he shot himself in the foot but perhaps not.”