Former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall in court on 'possession of firearms with intent to falsely imprison' charge
A former Sinn Fein councillor and one-time political ally of the party's deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has appeared before the Special Criminal this evening charged with possession of firearms with intent to falsely imprison another man.
Jonathan Dowdall and his father Patrick have both appeared at a sitting in Special Criminal Court charged with firearms offences.
Jonathan Dowdall (38), with an address on the Navan Road in West Dublin, was charged with possession of a sawn-off shotgun and a .44 calibre magnum handgun on January 15th, 2015, with intent to falsely imprison a man named Alexander Hurley.
His father Patrick (59), with an address on the Navan Road, Dublin 7, was also charged with possession of a sawn-off shotgun and a .44 calibre magnum handgun.
Jonathan Dowdall was charged at Clontarf Garda Station earlier this evening. He was wearing a navy blue Nike sweater, and sat beside his father who was wearing a grey jumper.
Giving evidence, Detective Garda Colm Finnerty told the court Patrick Dowdall was charged at Swords Garda Station. When charged, Patrick Dowdall replied: "I didn't use any firearms on anybody. I've never had a firearm in my life."
Legal representatives for both Jonathan and Patrick Dowdall, who were represented separately, said they reserved their position in regards to the jurisidiction of the court in regards to the case.
The defendants were remanded in custody to Portlaoise Prison until Friday.
Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald said: “I have noted the arrest and charging of Jonathan Dowdall.
"He very publicly left Sinn Féin, supports and campaigns for a political rival in Dublin Central and has long severed all links with the party.”