Flower painting: the story of the Irish Times
An Airbrush paintbrush, a spray paint gun and a light bulb are among the items stolen from the home of an Irish Times reporter who has been in hiding for nearly a year.
The article, published on Monday, is titled “Caught in the crossfire: how a photographer and a gardener are fighting against a government crackdown on the press”.
In it, journalist and photographer Brian Kelly is interviewed by gardener and anti-fracking activist Dave McCollig.
In the interview, he said he has been working with gardener Gerry Ryan, who was involved in an anti-nuclear protest in the 1960s and 1970s.
Ryan, a former Labour councillor, had a dispute with Kelly over a piece of paper in the house.
In 2011, Kelly was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage.
Kelly has repeatedly told the Irish Examiner that he is innocent.
He said he had been arrested on June 5, 2016 at his home in Sligo and is currently being held in Dublin.
He has not been charged with a crime, but is currently on bail and is due to appear in court again on August 12.
His lawyer, Michael O’Connor, said Kelly was being persecuted by gardai and that there was a “real threat” of his life.
“He is being targeted, he has no access to any form of media and he is being subjected to the criminal justice system,” he said.
“His freedom of expression is being denied and his freedom of movement is being curtailed.”
Kelly’s story is told in the Irish newspaper, the Irish Independent.