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AN UNEMPLOYED man has been charged with having an imitation firearm in an incident at a north Dublin church at the weekend.

Hugh McWeeney (42) was arrested when gardai found a replica gun on the grounds of the church in Drumcondra.

They had been investigating a report that a number of men were acting suspiciously at the back of a nearby house.

A co-accused man, Brendan Joyce (43), is charged with driving a stolen car.

Judge William Hamill remanded both men in custody with consent to bail at Dublin District Court.

Mr McWeeney, of Roseglen Road, Kilbarrack, is charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent that it be used in the course of a theft.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Corpus Christi Church, Griffith Avenue, on Friday, December 5.

Mr Joyce, with an address at the Granby Centre, Granby Row, Dublin 1 is charged with unauthorised use of a vehicle at Valentia Road, Whitehall, on the same date.

Caution

Garda John McCarthy said he arrested Mr McWeeney in the grounds of the church at 10.05pm on December 5 and brought him to Ballymun Garda Station.

He was charged at 8.50pm the next day and made no reply after caution.

Garda McCarthy said there was no objection to bail, subject to conditions.

Judge Hamill set bail in Mr McWeeney's own bond of €500, on condition that he signs on daily at Raheny Garda Station and stays out of the Dublin 9 and Whitehall area.

He must also stay away from a witness and surrender his passport.

Legal aid was granted after his solicitor Philip Hannon said the accused was not working.

Mr McWeeney, wearing a blue, brown, yellow and grey striped jumper, grey tracksuit bottoms and white runners, did not address the court.

Garda Emily Carr said she arrested Mr Joyce at Valentia Road at 9.55pm on December 5. He also made no reply to his charge after caution. A file was being prepared for the DPP and possible further charges being considered, she said.

She alleged Mr Joyce was seen getting out of a stolen vehicle and closing the door, and was found with the keys on him when stopped.

Judge Hamill set bail in Mr Joyce's bond of €500, with an independent surety of €500.

Conditions are that he signs on twice daily at Store Street Garda Station, surrenders his passport, observes a curfew and stays out of the Dublin 9 area.

Asked about his income, Mr Joyce, wearing a dark jacket, black trousers and grey and white runners, told the judge: "I'm on disability."

The accused are due to appear in Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday.

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