Saturday 10 December 2016

Journalist is ordered by judge to leave the court

Paddy Clancy

Published 03/09/2016 | 02:30

'Ms O'Doherty was ordered out of Ballyshannon District Court by Judge Kevin Kilrane' Stock photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing
'Ms O'Doherty was ordered out of Ballyshannon District Court by Judge Kevin Kilrane' Stock photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

Journalist Gemma O'Doherty was ordered out of a court when she offered to give evidence in a case involving three members of one family.

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Ms O'Doherty was ordered out of Ballyshannon District Court by Judge Kevin Kilrane.

Ms O'Doherty stepped from the back of the court as Joe McNulty was asking the judge to make a letter from a deceased garda, Michael Lawless, available for his defence and that of his father Thomas McNulty and Mother Florence McNulty, a former Bundoran town councillor.

Ms O'Doherty said: "I think as an Irish citizen I have a right to give evidence in relation to this letter."

The judge said it was the first time the letter was mentioned, after a series of adjournments for discovery. He said discovery was closed and ordered Ms O'Doherty out of court.

Thomas McNulty (58) of Main Street, Bundoran and his son Joe (34) of Doran Close, Bundoran are accused of threatening behaviour to provoke a breach of the peace in Bundoran on February 10, 2014.

Thomas's wife Florence McNulty (57) is accused of assaulting Garda Helen Munnelly in Bundoran on February 10, 2014.

Joe was ordered to be taken into custody yesterday after saying there was "no justice". Later, he agreed to withdraw the comment after being warned about facing seven days in jail for contempt.

The family's defence solicitor James Corbett told the court he was withdrawing from representation. Florence McNulty told the court: "We are getting legal advice from Gemma O'Doherty."

Judge Kilrane adjourned to September 30 and requested gardaí to attempt to find the letter. He said the case will be heard by another judge.

Irish Independent

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