Ex-Aras garda on charges of harassing two women in city
A GARDA who has served at Aras an Uachtarain has appeared in court charged with harassing two women over an 18-month period.
Donal Maguire (38) was granted bail after he was arrested and charged with four counts of harassment at locations including two Dublin shopping centres.
Gda Maguire, whose duties on the force have included security at the President's official residence in the Phoenix Park, was remanded on bail for six weeks at Dublin District Court for the directions of the DPP to be made available.
The accused, a father of four with an address in north Dublin, is charged with harassing one of the women at Jervis Street Shopping Centre on February 7 and March 18. He is also charged with the same offence at Tesco, Clarehall Shopping Centre, on dates between September 2012 and 2013.
The last count of harassment is against a second woman, at North Great Clarence Street, Dublin 1, between February 1 and March 19. Detective Inspector Francis Sweeney told Judge Patricia McNamara he arrested the accused at Gda Maguire's mother's home in Bundoran, Co Donegal.
He was brought to Mountjoy garda station where he was later charged on one count and had nothing to say after caution.
Detective Inspector Anthony Howard said the accused was further charged with the remaining three counts and made no reply.
Judge McNamara initially said she was requiring a cash lodgment of €100, but defence solicitor Matthew Kenny said the accused was of limited means and not in a position to pay this.
The court was then told that the defendant was a serving member of the gardai but had been suspended from duties on three-quarter pay pending the outcome of the proceedings.
He was married with four children but no longer living in the family home and had spent time in a psychiatric hospital. Neither of the alleged victims was his estranged wife.
Bail was granted on the defendant's own bond of €200, with no cash lodgment but under "strict conditions", including a ban on entering Dublin except for court appearances, legal consultations and medical appointments. He is to reside with his mother in Bundoran and sign on three times a week at the local garda station.
Judge McNamara granted legal aid after hearing the defendant's weekly income was €150.
He was remanded on bail to appear in court again on May 8.