A SENIOR transport consultant who offered advice to the Government on a major infrastructure project was yesterday charged with operating brothels and living off the earnings of prostitutes.
Thomas Lyons (54) was charged with seven counts under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act, and one count of making a false statement to gardai.
He is a senior consultant with Atkins Ireland, which has been involved in advising Fingal County Council and designing support services for the Metro West light rail project in Dublin.
Zelandia Silva (43) was also charged with seven counts under the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act yesterday
Mr Lyons and Ms Silva, who is from Brazil, were each charged with three counts of operating brothels at apartments in Limerick City between August 2010 and June 2011.
They were both also charged with three counts of living off the earnings of prostitution from the apartments they owned or rented at Riverpoint, Bishops Quay, Bridgewater House, Harvey's Quay in Limerick City, and at Grove Island Road, Corbally in Limerick.
The pair were also charged with one count of organising prostitution at Brown Thomas, O'Connell Street, Limerick City, on February 2, 2011.
Mr Lyons is also charged with making a false statement to gardai regarding a burglary at an apartment at Riverpoint, Limerick, in August 2010.
Both were arrested by gardai yesterday, after presenting themselves at Henry Street garda station, Limerick.
According to Atkins Ireland's website, Mr Lyons is the company's contact point for the Metro West light rail project, and is their 'Head of Transportation Dublin'.
The Metro West project is among a number of ambitious projects that were deferred by the Government last November for at least five years as part of budgetary cutbacks.
Detective Garda Vincent Brick, Henry Street garda station, Limerick, said Mr Lyons had been "the subject of a two-and-a-half-year garda surveillance investigation", and "has assets outside of the country".
Mr Lyons, with an address at The Warrens, Malahide, Co Dublin, and Ms Silva, with an address at The Matthews, O'Callaghan Strand, Limerick, were each granted bail on €500 personal bonds and are due to appear back in court on September 5.