Wednesday 21 March 2018

Mechanic (21) charged with manslaughter of journalist Eugene Moloney

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

A YOUNG trainee mechanic has appeared in court charged with the killing of journalist Eugene Moloney.

Gary Burch (21) of Kennington Close, Templeogue in south Dublin, was charged with the manslaughter of the former Irish Independent journalist at Camden Street, Dublin, in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Mr Burch made no reply when formally charged at Kevin Street garda station yesterday.

He was later brought before Judge Victor Blake at Dublin District Court where he was remanded in custody to appear in court again on July 2.

Mr Moloney (55) was walking home to Portobello after a night out with friends when he was involved in an incident on Camden Street. He suffered a blow to the head and, despite receiving medical treatment at the scene, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at St James's Hospital.

Sergeant Sean McAvinchy told Judge Blake he arrested the accused at 12.49pm yesterday at Kevin Street station following directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

He said he was present when the charge was read to Mr Burch and added: "In reply to charge after caution, Gary Burch made no reply."


Mr Burch, who is studying a FAS course on mechanics, was dressed in a striped, grey hooded top, navy tracksuit bottoms and white runners. He made no comment during the brief court hearing.

He was represented in court by barrister Michael Bowman. No application for bail or legal aid was made.

Meanwhile, a second man who was arrested for questioning in relation to the death of Mr Moloney was released from custody on Monday night.

Mr Moloney was born in England and raised in Belfast but regarded Fahan in Co Donegal, where his mother's family came from, as his home.

He started his journalism career with the 'Irish News' in Belfast where he reported on the Troubles, before moving to Dublin where he spent almost two decades writing for the Irish Independent.

He spent several years teaching English in Vietnam before returning to Ireland earlier this year and had been working as a freelance journalist.

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