Seven people are charged with New Year's Day murder
Six men and one woman have appeared in court charged with the murder of a young man just hours into the new year.
Dale Creighton (20) suffered serious injuries when he was attacked at a footbridge at St Dominic's Road in Tallaght, Dublin, at around 4am on New Year's Day.
He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was put on life support, but he never regained consciousness and died the next day.
Seven individuals, Graham Palmer (24), with addresses at Homelawn Road; Aisling Burke (20), of Bolbrook Grove; her brother David Burke (25), of Village Square; Ross Callery (20), of Westpark; college student James Reid (23), of Homelawn Avenue, all in Tallaght, as well as Jason Beresford (20) and Gerard Stevens (24) appeared before Tallaght District Court this morning charged with murder.
Non-publication of several of the accused's current addresses was previously ordered because of fears for their safety.
Judge Denis McLoughlin remanded them in custody to appear before Dublin District Court on June 18 .
Gardai gave details of arresting the accused at addresses in Dundalk, Dublin, Kildare and Wexford in the early hours of Friday morning.
Officers said seven of the accused were charged with murder. Each was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and none made any reply to the charges after caution.
A state solicitor said that the DPP had directed trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court on the charges.
Another man, James O'Brien (21), Avonbeg Drive, Tallaght, has been charged with seriously assaulting Mr Creighton.
A judge refused bail for Mr O'Brien.