Man charged with murder of grandfather Michael Gannon
A ROMANIAN national has been charged with the murder of Michael Gannon who was babysitting his two young grandchildren in Skerries on Thursday evening.
Dragos Nica (29) from 37 Mourne Park, Skerries was remanded in custody on a charge of murder and will be held in Cloverhill Prison.
He will next appear before a court on Thursday November 21.
Mr Nica's lawyer, Dorothy Walsh, made a number of requests including her client get psychiatric treatment and be placed under supervision.
Judge Clyne at the Central Criminal Court of Jystice granted those applications.
The 55-year-old grandfather was stabbed to death at his daughter Jade's house in Mourne View, in the picturesque seaside town.
Mr Nica was arrested by gardai at his house next door to the house where the murder occurred after the alarm was raised.
The heartbroken partner of Mr Gannon, Nicola Lee (42), previously said her partner of 14 years was a good man who loved his children and grandchildren deeply.
She said he had rang her an hour before he was attacked to say he would be home soon.
This is the second tragedy for the Gannon family after Daniel O’Haire – a nephew of Michael Gannon – died last year.
Mr O’Haire (31) had been confined to a wheelchair for almost a decade after he was stabbed in the neck in 2003.
“He was a good man, a good father, a good partner. You can't describe him. He always gave to me unconditional love always. He always said that to me. Always, no matter what.”
Nicola, who has a son from a previous relationship, said Michael was a professional roofer.
One Skerries resident said: “My mam rang me and said that the kids are after coming down. As far as I know he [Mr Gannon] told his grand-daughter to go and get help.
“The two kids don’t understand what’s going on – but I’m sure their mam will sit them down and explain everything.”
“It’s a shock for most people around here."