Tuesday 21 November 2017

Former FF TD's son remanded on charges of soliciting someone to kill a garda, a Revenue Commissioner and an accountant

Gary O'Flynn (37), the son of former Cork Td Noel O'Flynn (FF), pictured at Cork District Court
Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited
Gary O'Flynn (37), the son of former Cork Td Noel O'Flynn (FF), pictured at Cork District Court Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A FORMER city councillor has been remanded for trial on charges of soliciting someone to kill a Detective Garda, a Revenue Commissioner and an accountant.

Gary O’Flynn (37), a son of former FF TD Noel O’Flynn, was served with the book of evidence in the case at Cork District Court.

He was remanded for trial to the Circuit Criminal Court on the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Judge Leo Malone was told by Inspector John Deasy that the DPP has directed that the matter be dealt with on indictment before a judge and jury.

The charges are brought contrary to Section 4 of the Offences Against the Persons Act (1861) and relate to dates between October 1 2012 and February 15 2013.

All the charges involve an address on the Mallow Road in Cork.

The three individuals named in the charges are Det Garda Mary Skehan, Revenue Commissioner official George Ross and accountant Patrick Sweeney.

O’Flynn of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork denies all three charges.

The District Court has already been told that a portion of O’Flynn’s legal costs will be funded by the proceeds of a defamation action he settled against a UK newspaper.

Defence solicitor, Joe Cuddigan, objected to his client being returned to Cork Circuit Criminal Court on Friday (November 29) as it is the concluding day of the sessions.

"It is preposterous," he said.

He argued that it would make more sense to return his client directly to the February sessions of the Circuit Court where the matter will inevitably be adjourned to on Friday.

However, Judge Malone said he had to adhere to the DPP's specific directions and returned O'Flynn to the Circuit Criminal Court on Friday.

Judge Malone remanded O'Flynn on his existing High Court bail terms and conditions which include a personal bond of Euro 10,000 and an independent surety of Euro 30,000.

A qualified solicitor, Gary O'Flynn took his father’s old seat on Cork City Council in 2003 when the dual-mandate ban came into force.

He ended his political career five years later with the City Council seat going to his brother, Ken.

Mr O’Flynn’s father was first elected to the Dail in 1997 and served as a TD for 14 years.

He was famously outspoken as a backbench TD and criticised both Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen for their leadership of the party and country.

The former TD also criticised current party leader Michael Martin for allegedly failing to support his son Ken’s Seanad bid two years ago.

Noel O’Flynn agreed not defend his seat at the 2011 General Election at Mr Martin’s specific request amid concerns that, if the party vote was split, they would fail to elect a TD in Jack Lynch’s old constituency for the first time in FF history.

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Irish Independent

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