Garda's son gets two years in jail for drug dealing
A judge has described drugs as a "scourge" on society as he sentenced a heroin-dealing son of a retired garda to jail for three years.
Judge Gerald Keyes said the drug dealing by Brian Greene (39) represented "a threat to society" and that he was at a high risk of re-offending.
"Drugs are a scourge on our society, they cause death and destruction to our young population," the judge said at Ennis Circuit Court.
Judge Keyes suspended the final year of the three-year sentence.
Mr Greene, a single man, lived at home with his two elderly parents and at his sentencing hearing his elderly mother, Kathleen Greene, said: "We love his very bones. He is our rock and very helpful around the house.
"He is really a great son. We are so proud of him".
Mrs Greene said that she accepted the verdict of the jury. "Sadly, I do," she said.
The retired garda's son was convicted by a jury in February of possession with intent to supply heroin worth €783 at the family home at Corrovorrin Avenue, Ennis, on September 13, 2011.
The offence was committed while Mr Greene was serving a five-year suspended sentence for heroin dealing imposed in July 2011 at Dublin Circuit Court.
However, Mr Greene escaped the activation of that suspended sentence in March when a judge decided not to activate it.
Mr Greene comes from a respectable Ennis family and is the youngest of three sons. His two older brothers are employed as an accountant and an aircraft engineer.
Mr Greene has been in custody since his conviction but escaped a jail term a decade ago when he was the driver of a car involved in a fatal road traffic accident that killed his passenger and girlfriend at the time, Deborah Hayes (31) from Moyross, on July 28, 2002.
Mr Greene pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Ms Hayes and received a three-year suspended jail term after Ms Hayes's sister said Mr Greene should not go to jail.
Mr Greene has been addicted to heroin and has made attempts to get off the drug, including travelling to Portugal accompanied by his mother, where he received an insertion of a pellet into his abdomen that prevented him getting a high when he took heroin.
The medical procedure cost €5,000, but the effects of the insertion of the pellet last only four to six months.