Belfast Telegraph

Actions are louder than words in bank protests

By Margaret Canning

We appear to be in a new era of colourful and daring corporate protestors whose antics are amusing to observe but probably not advisable to emulate.

They also bring a heavy price, something which 'Anglo Avenger' Joe McNamara will confront when he appears in court today on criminal damage charges.

The Achill Island developer drove a cement lorry daubed with 'toxic bank' and 'Anglo' against the gates of Leinster House, the seat of the Irish government.

He may have been inspired by the British bank protestor who bricked up a wall of a Barclays branch in Bournemouth.

Barclays was the unwitting victim of developer Cameron Hope, who explained he was protesting against general bank lending practices rather than policies specific to Barclays. He had also targeted NatWest.