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Saturday 16 December 2017

Woman in court after gun find in car

Deirdre Moran at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday. Photo: Collins
Deirdre Moran at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday. Photo: Collins

Conor Gallagher

A businesswoman is on trial accused of transporting a gun for an organised crime gang.

Deirdre Moran (25), who manages a clothes shop, allegedly picked up the gun in west Dublin and was stopped by gardai a short time later.

The trial at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard gardai had "very specific" information about the collection and that it related to a former partner of Ms Moran.

Ms Moran, of Glengar, Larkhill Road, Sligo, has pleaded not guilty to possession of a Smith & Wesson .22 long rifle revolver on the M4 on September 1, 2009.

Surveillance

A surveillance operation was set up in west Dublin near the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, the court was told.

After receiving information that Ms Moran had the gun, gardai pulled her over on the M4, the court was told.

The court heard that the information related to a former partner of Ms Moran, whom gardai "were very interested in".

A silver gun was found in a sock underneath the front passenger seat, the court was told.

Ms Moran was stopped around 10 minutes after gardai got confirmation that she was leaving the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre with the gun, the court was told.

Defence said it would be calling an expert witness who will say it is impossible to drive from the shopping centre to the bypass in 10 minutes, that it would take up to half an hour and that she would have had to pass through 17 traffic lights.

The trial continues before Judge Patricia Ryan and a jury of six men and six women.

Irish Independent

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