29 May 2022

Watch: Viral video of Leitrim man speaking outside Russian Embassy

A video going viral and being circulated on social media and messaging apps shows Leitrim businessman Dessie Wisley handing out posters, pictures and calling for the Russian Ambassador to leave Ireland.

The Leitrim lorry was reversed through the gates of the Russian Embassy in south Dublin today.

No injuries were reported. The driver was arrested at the scene after he exited the vehicle and handed out photos of what he said were Russian atrocities in Ukraine.

Ballinamore businessman Dessie Wisley from Wisley Ecclesiastical Supplies told those present, “I want the Ambassador and his colleagues to leave this country, leave this free country. It’s about time we stood up.”

“I’ve done my bit lads. It’s about time the rest of Ireland done their bit,” he said as he was led away by gardaí.

Gardai said they are investigating the incident which occurred at 1.30pm today on Orwell Road this afternoon.

One male was arrested and taken to Rathfarnham Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. Investigations are ongoing.

The Embassy, which is located on Orwell Road in Dublin 6 has been the scene of daily protests since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ten days ago.

Red paint has repeatedly been thrown at the entrance by protesters. An online campaign is gaining signatures to expel the Russian Ambassador from Dublin.


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