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Former Sinn Fein member’s grandson gets five years after being caught with bullets and gun in taxi

Diarmaid Mac Dermott

Published 30/01/2013 | 13:22

A GRANDSON of former Sinn Fein member Christy Burke was jailed for five years today for carrying a pistol and ammunition on Dublin's northside last year.

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Ciaran Burke (20), of Ferrycarrig Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, pleaded guilty last September to the unlawful possession of a 9mm parabellum Glock semi-automatic pistol and 13 rounds of 9mm parabellum ammunition at the N32, Coolock, Dublin 13 on July 2nd, 2012.

Burke was granted bail by the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin in July last year but voluntarily re-entered custody two months later.

Detective Superintendent Tom Maguire, Special Detective Unit, said gardai got a tip-off and stopped a taxi on the N32 from the Malahide Road to the M50.

Ciaran Burke, who was a passenger in the car, was searched and the Glock pistol containing 13 rounds was found wrapped in a sock in his jacket pocket.

Burke's counsel Aileen Donnelly SC said that he was "an exceptional sportsman" who represented Dublin in boxing and GAA and who had also been captain of the local soccer club.

She said he has no previous convictions and comes from a good family and is the eldest of four children who lives at home with his parents.

Jailing Burke for five years, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding at the Special Criminal Court today, said that the appropriate sentence in the case was seven years but because of the early plea in the case the court sentenced him to five years.

Prosecuting counsel Garnet Orange BL said the DPP was entering a "nolle prosequi"(not proceeding with) another charge against Burke of IRA membership.

Christy Burke, who is now an Independent councillor, was in court with other family members for the sentence hearing.

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