Published Thursday, 06 December 2012
There was a heavy police presence as disorder broke out in Carrickfergus. (© UTV)
Laura Nicholl, 20, from Unity Street was among three people arrested during trouble in the Co Antrim town on Wednesday night.
The order banning the woman from going within 500m of any further flag protests was imposed as part of bail conditions granted.
Violence erupted after demonstrations against the decision to only fly the Union flag at Belfast City Council on designated days.
Alliance Party offices were attacked as part of the wider disturbances.
Nicholl faces three charges of riotous behaviour at North Road, Carrickfergus, assaulting a female police officer and resisting arrest.
As she appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court a PSNI constable said she could connect her with the alleged offences.
Bail was opposed due to concerns about potential re-offending. The officer claimed Nicholl had suggested during interview that she intended to attend another protest tonight in the Rathcoole area.
But defence solicitor Sarah McKeown argued that her client had been only joking.
"She indicated she was not going to be anywhere near Rathcoole," the lawyer told the court.
"I believe she sarcastically said 'Oh yes I will be at that.'"
Ms McKeown added that Nicholl was only on the fringes of what was going on.
"It was accepted by police that she was by no means one of the main movers," she stressed.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted bail on condition that the accused abides by a curfew and stays away from further demonstrations.
Nicholl is due to appear again before the court in six weeks time.