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Two arrested after DFA building defaced in climate change protest

A man and a woman have been arrested after the Department of Foreign Affairs building in Dublin w...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

16.01 19 Mar 2021


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Two arrested after DFA buildin...

Two arrested after DFA building defaced in climate change protest

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

16.01 19 Mar 2021


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A man and a woman have been arrested after the Department of Foreign Affairs building in Dublin was defaced this afternoon in a climate change protest.

Paint was thrown on the building and slogans were spray painted on the walls, as part of a campaign on climate action by Extinction Rebellion.

Footage of the incident was live streamed on Facebook.

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Photos shows graffiti reading 'no more empty promises' at the entrance to the department's building on St Stephen's Green.

Pink paint was also splashed on some of the walls, windows and footpaths around the building.

Pink paint on the front of Iveagh House, the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, 19/03/2021 Covid-19 Pandemic (Coronavirus), Ireland. Day 359 since start of lockdown. Day 79 of return to Level 5 restrictions. Pictured today is graffiti reading "NO MORE EMPTY PROMISES" that has been left on the front of Iveagh House, the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, on Stephen's Green in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

Activists say not enough is being done to tackle the issue of climate change.

One activist said the DFA was being targeted as Ireland is on the UN Security Council, and the climate crisis is a global issue which countries need to come together to solve.

A clean-up operation got underway on Friday afternoon to remove the graffiti.

GardaĆ­, meanwhile, said they have arrested a man in his 20s and a woman in her late teens in relation to an act of criminal damage at St Stephen's Green.

They have since been charged, and are due to appear before a court in Dublin on Saturday.

Main image: Graffiti reading "NO MORE EMPTY PROMISES" that has been left on the front of Iveagh House, the headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, on Stephen's Green in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

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