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Garda is accused of harassing woman


 Donal Maguire. Photo: Damien Eagers

Donal Maguire. Photo: Damien Eagers

Donal Maguire. Photo: Damien Eagers

A GARDA serving at Aras an Uachtarain has pleaded not guilty to two counts of harassing a woman.

Donal Maguire, (38), who has been posted to security duties at the President's official residence in the Phoenix Park, is facing jury trial on the charges.

He had the case against him adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court until March 6, for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Gda Maguire, with an address in north Dublin, has at least 10 years' service in the force.

This includes being stationed at Cabra with duties at the Aras. None of the circumstances of the alleged offences have yet been disclosed to the courts.

The incidents are alleged to have happened on dates unknown between February 18 and March 11, 2012 and between August 1, 2012 and February 4, 2013.

A State Solicitor told the court the DPP was directing summary disposal of the case on a guilty plea only.

However, Defence Solicitor Matthew Kenny said his client was pleading not guilty.

The accused will instead be sent for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, when a book of evidence is ready.