A leading Irish politician was arrested three times by Ireland's police force (gardaí) over the past weekend, a holiday weekend in Ireland. Under Irish law he cannot be named unless successfully prosecuted.
The politician, who is in his 30s and, according to the Irish Times, has “served at a national level,” was drunk and disorderly at the Indiependence Festival in Mitchelstown, County Cork on Sunday night and spat at an officer trying to arrest him.
He was taken to Fermoy police station where he allegedly assaulted an officer and was drunk and unruly.
The unnamed politician was released early Monday morning. Later that morning he had, allegedly, started to drink again and was arrested by police for drunk driving after police stopped him when his car was being driven dangerously.
He was charged with drunk driving and was again brought to Fermoy police station, where he was processed and released.
Incredibly, he was arrested again later that day after acting drunk and disorderly and accosting members of the gardaí. He was released once more on Tuesday morning and the police are expected to prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the alleged assault.
The politician has not been identified under Irish law, but speculation is rife as to who the person may be. The Irish Times has said that the politician is not from Cork. The Sunday World reported that he has served at both local and government level.
The music festival the politician was attending, Indiependence, is now in its 11th year and saw 10,000 music fans in attendance over three days. It was headlined by bands such as the Editors, Bell X1, The Kooks, Ash, and Walking on Cars. The police said that the the well-attended event pass off without any other major incidents.