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Four accused of armed burglary released on bail

Four of the seven men accused of carrying out an aggravated burglary at the home of a young family last November are out on bail, a court has heard.

The seven men, all with addresses in Dublin, made their fourth court appearance in Cashel yesterday in relation to the aggravated burglary at the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran and their three young daughters at Burnchurch, Killenaule, Co Tipperary, in the early hours of November 21.



The court was told by gardai on a previous occasion that the family were "terrorised" by a gang of seven who were armed when they broke into the family's home.

One of the gang threatened to shoot the children, the court heard last month, and they escaped with some money and jewellery and took the Corcorans' family car.

The accused men were arrested later that morning at locations in counties Laois and Kildare.

Judge Terence Finn heard that Patrick Joyce (21) of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9; Donal O'Hara (21) of Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, and Michael McDonagh (22) from Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17, had all been granted bail in the High Court since their last appearance in Cashel in December, and had taken up that bail.

John Joyce (19) of Lentisk Lawn, The Donaghies, Donaghmede, Dublin was previously granted bail in Cashel court and has also taken it up.

Thomas Flynn (19) of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 17 has been granted bail by the High Court but hasn't taken it up and is still in custody, the court heard yesterday, while Dean Byrne (21) of Cabra Park, Dublin 7 and Patrick Gately (26) of Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17 have had bail applications refused and are also in custody.

During yesterday's court appearance, Judge Finn adjourned the cases of the men who are on bail until February 19, when the DPP's instructions will be sought.



He adjourned the cases of the men who are still in custody until January 23.

One of the accused, John Joyce, had one of his bail conditions changed, allowing him to sign on at his local garda station twice a day rather than three times.

This was after the court heard he had two young children, aged 18 months and a few months.

Thomas Flynn applied to be transferred to a prison in Dublin but Judge Finn said such an application would have to be made to the Prison Service as this was not a function of his.