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Charity: Paul Wade made a €250 donation to a hospice. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Charity: Paul Wade made a €250 donation to a hospice. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Charity: Paul Wade made a €250 donation to a hospice. Photo: Doug O'Connor

A PROMISING young football player who sold ecstasy tablets to an undercover garda has avoided a conviction after he made a donation to charity.

Paul Wade (19) was trying to make some money at the time, a court heard.

He was arrested following an undercover operation by the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU) in conjunction with the Finglas Drug Unit targeting low-level dealers in the Finglas area.

Judge David McHugh applied the Probation Act after Wade donated €250 to Blanchardstown Hospice.

Tablets

The defendant, of Cappagh Avenue in Finglas, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of ecstasy tablets for sale or supply.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said Wade sold six ecstasy tablets, valued at €30, to an undercover garda at Plunkett Avenue in Finglas on March 20 last year.

The court had heard that Wade has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Noelle Kenny previously said that Wade got involved in selling the tablets through a friend and he very much regretted his involvement.

Ms Kenny said Wade needed money at the time.

The court had heard that Wade is a promising young footballer and plays for his local club.

Ms Kenny had asked the judge to leave Wade without a conviction, saying he is a young man who is hoping to train as a carpenter and he is no longer involved in drugs.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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