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Birthday arrest man charged over dangerous driving

a man arrested by the Garda Emergency Response Unit is to stand trial over a serious motoring incident in west Dublin in 2012.

Pascal Kelly (49), originally from Dublin, but who now has an address at Cormeen, Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, was arrested on Wednesday, which was also his birthday.

He was detained in Castlepollard, Co Westmeath, and taken to Pearse Street Garda Station in Dublin where 11 charges were put to him.

Mr Kelly is accused of seven counts of dangerous driving and has four charges for endangerment of life, in connection with a motoring incident on October 9, 2012 at the Naas Road, the M50, the N4 and the Lucan Road.

Det Gda Kevin Walsh of the Organised Crime Unit told Dublin District Court that the unemployed accused replied: "I have nothing to say to these charges."

Defence solicitor Jenny McGeever told Judge Michael Walsh that the bail application was being deferred.

She also said members of Mr Kelly's family had brought him some personal belongings.

In a request for free legal aid to be granted, Ms McGeever furnished the court with a statement of the accused's means.


However, Judge Walsh adjourned ruling on the issue, saying that a copy of the statement must be handed over to gardai to examine.

If they have any issue with it, they can bring it up at the next court hearing, he added.

Dressed in a black hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and runners, Mr Kelly was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.