Sunday 18 March 2018

Three men on firearms charges after gardaí raid warehouse

Declan Brady
Declan Brady

Andrew Phelan

Three men have been remanded in custody after they were charged in connection with a major weapons seizure at a warehouse in west Dublin.

James Walsh (33), Johnathon Harding (44) and Declan Brady (51) were brought before Dublin District Court on firearms charges.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded them in custody until next Wednesday after no bail applications were made on their behalf.

They are charged with possession of five revolvers, ammunition and a silencer.

Officers from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) raided a warehouse at Greenogue Industrial estate, Rathcoole in a dawn operation on Tuesday.

Mr Walsh, of Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin; Mr Harding, of McNeill Court, Sallins, Co Kildare; and Mr Brady, from The Park, Wolston Abbey, Celbridge, also in Kildare, remained silent as evidence of their arrest, charge and caution was given at Dublin District Court.

Johnathon Harding
Johnathon Harding

They are each charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a silencer and having five handguns.

These are alleged to have been a Zastava M83-02 six-shot revolver, two special calibre Smith and Wesson model five-shot revolvers and two Rossi five-shot revolvers.

Detective Sergeant Emmet Casserly told the court Mr Brady said "no" in reply to each charge at Clondalkin station. Defence solicitor Anarine McAllister said Mr Brady was "not applying for bail on this occasion".

Detective Sergeant Michael Cuffe said Mr Walsh made "no reply" after caution.

James Walsh (in grey tracksuit top) Picture: Collins
James Walsh (in grey tracksuit top) Picture: Collins

His barrister David Staunton asked Judge Halpin to make a similar remand order in this case, as Mr Walsh was also not applying for bail.

Mr Harding was the last of the accused to come in to court. Detective Sergeant Paul Curran said he arrested Mr Harding at Clondalkin station at 10.50am and he made no reply.

There was consent to the accused being remanded in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on February 1.

Irish Independent

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