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US worried Irish would protect GAA legend's son

Aaron Rogan

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

Luke Hanahoe, listed on court documents as Lucas Hanahoe
Luke Hanahoe, listed on court documents as Lucas Hanahoe

The New York officials prosecuting the son of Dublin GAA legend Tony Hanahoe for rape were worried that if he was granted bail the Irish authorities would have protected him from facing trial.

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On Monday, Luke Hanahoe (28) from Ballsbridge, Dublin was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of 'criminal sex act'. Hanahoe originally faced up to 25 years after being charged with the felony rape.

The Brooklyn District Attorney said that even with the seriousness of that charge, if he was allowed to return to Ireland he would not have been sent back for trial.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Nasar told a New York court last September that "Ireland does not send back defendants that are Irish nationals."

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Ms Nasar said that the US Department of Justice showed her 15 to 20 cases of Irish nationals facing trial who were not sent back to the United States for various reasons.

Hanahoe was described to the court as the son of "famous Irish football star" Tony Hanahoe and part of a "well-known, well-established family in Dublin".

He was working as a barman in Brooklyn but has been in Riker's Island prison since last July when he was charged with attacking a woman in the suburb of Brooklyn.

The court was told Mr Hanahoe was "black-out" drunk and cannot remember the incident.

Tony Hanahoe (69) won three All Irelands with Dublin in the 1970s, two as captain.

Irish Independent

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