Sunday 24 September 2017

21-year-old man accused of killing journalist Eugene Moloney awaits book of evidence

Tom Tuite

A YOUNG trainee mechanic accused of killing journalist Eugene Moloney, who died after an incident in Dublin last month, was further remanded in custody today pending the preparation of a book of evidence.













Mr Moloney, a former reporter with the Irish Independent, lived at Portobello Place on Dublin's south side and was making his way home in the early hours of June 24 after a night out with friends.



The 55-year-old suffered a blow to the head on Camden Street; he received medical attention at the scene and was then rushed to St James' Hospital where he was pronounced dead.



Gary Burch (21), of Kennington Close Templeogue, south Dublin, had been charged last month with the manslaughter of Mr Moloney at Camden Street, on June 24.



Mr Burch made no reply and did not apply for bail when he was initially charged on June 26 last.



Dressed in a grey shirt and black trousers, he made his third appearance at Dublin District Court.



Defence solicitor Con Pendred told Judge Hugh O'Donnell that there was consent to Mr Burch being further remanded in custody pending the preparation of a book of evidence.



Mr Burch, who has not indicated how he will plead to the charge, did not address the court during his brief hearing today.



The 21-year-old, who had been doing a FAS training course in mechanics, will appear again on August 22 next.



Mr Moloney who was from Donegal, had started his career in journalism with the Irish News in Belfast. He later relocated to Dublin where he worked for Independent newspapers for more than 20 years.



In 1987, he began reporting for the Evening Herald. He subsequently moved to the Irish Independent and worked out of the paper's head office in Dublin, but had also reported extensively from the North at the height of the Troubles.



He had spent several years teaching English in Vietnam before returning to Ireland earlier this year and had been working as a freelance journalist.





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