Drugs-charge GAA coach gets legal aid
A GAA club coach suspected of dealing cannabis and who allegedly had €30,000 in cash hidden in a snooker table in his home has received free legal aid.
David Gill (38) was allegedly caught “red-handed” with more than €600,000 worth of cannabis after drugs detectives stopped a van in Dublin last August.
Gill appeared before Blanchardstown district court on bail after he lodged €5,000 cash with an independent surety of €20,000, of which €10,000 was cash.
Gardai said DPP's directions remain outstanding on the charges and Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter for six weeks.
Gill, of Top of the Hill, Leopardstown Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16, is charged with two counts of possession of cannabis as well as having the drug for sale or supply.
The alleged incidents took place at Dale Road in Stillorgan and on Clonsilla Road in Blanchardstown on August 22.
Defence lawyer Edel Gilligan said the matter was before the court for a legal aid application.
Garda Tim Casey objected to free legal aid, alleging that €30,500 was found in a snooker table in Gill's home.
Ms Gilligan said Gill, a married father of three, is unemployed and his wife is also not working.
The court had heard the couple are paying a mortgage of more than €1,100 each month.
Ms Gilligan said the €30,500 cash was seized by gardai, and she expected the State would be making an application in relation to the money.
She also said there was no evidence Gill had any further means.
Judge McHugh granted free legal aid.