Two unemployed men in their forties have appeared in court following a boat chase on the River Liffey this morning.
Emergency services were alerted to an incident on the river at 6am after a boat was taken from its mooring near the East Link toll bridge. Following a pursuit on the River Liffey, the boat was brought to a halt and was escorted to quayside. Two men were arrested and brought to Irishtown Garda Station for questioning. One of the men was naked when arrested on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.
This afternoon 44 year old Brian Stacey of Derry Drive in Crumlin and 40 year old Ronan Stephens of Captain’s Road in Crumlin appeared before the Dublin District Court charged with maritime, theft and public order offences.
The Judge was told the men face a number of charges including the theft of a pleasure craft worth €11,000 at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club and being under the influence of alcohol while operating a boat.
They are also charged with trespassing, failing to stop for gardai, navigating a boat without due attention, the endangerment of RNLI personnel at the Shipping Lane on the River Liffey and breaching the peace.
Judge Michael Walsh heard Brian Stacey was arrested at 8.25am at Poolbeg Boat and Yacht Club in Dublin 4 while Ronan Stephens was arrested at 8.05am on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin 2. Neither men gave any reply when they were cautioned at Irishtown Garda Station.
The men were released on bail on strict conditions including that they don’t partake in any boating activities on the River Liffey without the prior written consent of the harbour master and gardai. The court heard one of the accused, Mr Stacey, is a member of Poolbeg Boat and Yacht Club.
Both men were granted legal aid as they aren’t working. They are due back in court in two weeks.