Tuesday 12 December 2017

O'Flynn to appear before court over alleged murder plot

Gary O'Flynn at Cork District Court
Gary O'Flynn at Cork District Court
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

FORMER city councillor Gary O'Flynn (37) will appear before the District Court today in connection with a conspiracy to murder probe.

The former Cork City Council member, the son of former Fianna Fail TD Noel O'Flynn, was arrested at his home last Thursday after an investigation by a special undercover detective unit from Dublin.

His arrest followed a three-month probe into allegations that threats to kill had been made against three named individuals in the Cork area.

These include a detective garda, a tax official and an accountant.

Mr O'Flynn has since been questioned at Gurranabraher garda station. Last Saturday, Cork District Court extended his detention period by a further 72 hours following an application by gardai.

The Irish Independent understands that gardai will today bring Mr O'Flynn before the District Court in relation to the matter.

Ironically, Mr O'Flynn of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, White-church, Co Cork, had been due to appear before the District Court on Wednesday for sentencing in relation to another unrelated matter.

Threatening

Last December, Mr O'Flynn was convicted of possession of a flick-knife, intoxication, as well as threatening and abusive behaviour.

The convictions related to events in a Cork city nightclub on February 25/26, 2011.

Mr O'Flynn had contested all three charges.

Judge Olann Kelleher refused to deal with sentencing in the matter on January 11 last until he had a psychiatric report available on Mr O'Flynn. Judge Kelleher said it would be "unfair" to sentence the man without such a report being available.

The court was told that Mr O'Flynn was already attending a psychiatrist.

A qualified solicitor, he had taken his father's old seat on Cork City Council in 2003. He ended his political career five years later with the 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 famously criticised both Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen while a backbench TD.

The former TD also criticised party leader Micheal Martin for allegedly failing to support his son Ken's Seanad bid.

Noel O'Flynn agreed to 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.

Irish Independent

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