Sunday 22 April 2018

TD makes submission in case of men wanted over police car bomb

Clare Daly: Maghaberry visit
Clare Daly: Maghaberry visit

Ruaidhri Giblin

Clare Daly TD has submitted an affidavit regarding human rights concerns, in a case involving men wanted for an alleged attempt to murder a PSNI officer with a bomb under his car.

Kieran Maguire (29), of Kippure Park, Finglas south, and Seán Paul Farrell (32), of Stannaway Road, Kimmage, both Dublin, are wanted by the Northern Ireland authorities for alleged attempted murder and possession of explosives. Both men face life imprisonment on both counts if found guilty.

The High Court heard that Ms Daly, an Independent TD for Dublin North, has submitted an affidavit on Mr Farrell's behalf in relation to human rights concerns in the North's Maghaberry Prison.

Barrister James McCullough, for Mr Farrell, said "very serious matters" had been raised by Ms Daly, who is a member of the Dáil Justice Committee and has previously spoken publicly about Maghaberry.

Mr McCullough asked the High Court to "stay its hand" and not fix a date for the hearing of the extradition application because Ms Daly is to visit the prison again on July 10.

Counsel for the State, Tony McGillicuddy BL, said it was "peculiar" that Ms Daly had sworn an affidavit on behalf of somebody, who he claimed, had not sworn an affidavit himself.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly fixed July 25 and 26 next as the date for the hearing of the northern authorities' extradition request.

The judge also gave a deadline of July 17 for filing an additional affidavit after the visit of Ms Daly to the prison.

A European Arrest Warrant issued in March states that an improvised explosive device was found under the car of a serving PSNI officer in Co Derry on June 18, 2015.

The warrant states that the officer's wife, also a serving PSNI officer, awoke in the early hours of June 18 and looked out her bedroom window.

She saw a male in the driveway on the ground at the driver's door of her husband's car, according to the warrant.

Police confirmed the presence of a suspicious device underneath the car.

It was subsequently confirmed to be a bomb, according to the warrant.

Irish Independent

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