Sunday 17 December 2017

Court grants bail to ex-councillor charged over murder plot

Ralph Riegel and Dearbhail McDonald

THE son of a former Fianna Fail TD charged with soliciting someone to murder a garda, a Revenue official and an accountant, has received High Court bail.

Last week ex-councillor Gary O'Flynn (37), the son of former Cork TD Noel O'Flynn (FF), was charged with three counts of soliciting someone to commit murder. The State had previously objected to bail and Mr O'Flynn was remanded in custody. But High Court bail was granted on consent yesterday evening at Cloverhill courthouse in Dublin.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr O'Flynn, of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork, must sign on daily at Mayfield garda station in Cork, live at his home address and observe a curfew.

Following legal submissions by Grainne O'Neil, for the DPP, and Ronan Munro, for Mr O'Flynn, bail was fixed with consent to the defendant's own bond of €10,000 as well as an independent surety of €30,000. Also, €15,000 must be lodged as part of the conditions.

Mr O'Flynn is expected to be released from custody once this sum is lodged and his surety is approved.

Earlier this month, charges against Mr O'Flynn were brought before Cork District Court and relate to dates between October 1, 2012 and February 15, 2013.

The charges all involve an address on the Mallow Road in Cork city. The three individuals named in the charges are Det Garda Mary Skehan, Revenue Commissioner official George Ross and accountant Patrick Sweeney.

Mr O'Flynn replied "not guilty" when each of the three charges were put to him at Gurranabraher garda station.

Gardai alleged the defendant was caught "red handed" following an investigation which involved an undercover officer, surveillance tapes, CCTV camera footage, the handing over of money and computer file data.

The court was told the accused also allegedly tried to access Land Registry data to identify the address of the garda in one of the charges.

The investigation arose from a separate probe involving the accused.

Irish Independent

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