Man remanded over Monet damage


A 47-year-old man was remanded in custody this evening after he was charged with causing criminal damage to a valuable Claude Monet oil-painting at the National Gallery of Ireland last week.

Andrew Shannon, with an address at Willans Way, Ongar, Dublin was charged with criminal damage to the painting at the National Gallery of Ireland, in Dublin city-centre, on June 29th last.

Gardai arrested him after Monet’s Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat painting, was damaged on Friday.

The 1874 impressionist oil-painting had been exhibited at the gallery but has since been removed for examination.

Dublin District Court was told today that Mr Shannon was charged at 8.14pm on Saturday.

Det Conor O’Braonain of Pearse Street Garda station told the court that after caution Mr Shannon replied: “My solicitor has all the details.”

Yesterday evening, while in Garda custody, Mr Shannon complained that he was feeling ill and was brought to St James’s Hospital.

Judge Cormac Dunne had been told that Mr Shannon was taken into the care of a cardiologist at the hospital and could not be brought to court this morning.

The case was adjourned until a late sitting of the court and Mr Shannon was then brought before Judge Denis McLoughlin.

The presiding judge was told that there would be an objection to bail.

However, defence solicitor Aine Flynn said Mr Shannon was not making a bail application at this stage.

Mr Shannon, who did not address the court, was wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.

Ms Flynn asked the judge to grant free legal aid to him and explained that he was in receipt of a disability payment. The judge agreed after noting that there was no Garda objection.

He remanded Mr Shannon, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

A second charge was also brought against Mr Shannon for trespassing and attempted theft at a house on Merrion Square, in central Dublin, on February 24th. Gda Shane Noone said Mr Shannon made no comment when that charge was also put to him on Saturday

Judge McLoughlin agreed to a request from the defence solicitor to direct medical attention for Mr Shannon, which Ms Flynn said he has required since the time of his arrest.