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Developer is charged over armed city standoff

THIS is the property developer charged in connection with a bizarre armed standoff with soldiers on Dublin's quays.

Padraig Hennessy (44), a widower from Kilkenny, was arrested following an incident in which he was allegedly involved in a confrontation with members of the armed forces and gardai outside the Four Courts.

A rifle was allegedly found in his jeep after the standoff in which the vehicle was parked in the middle of the road, blocking traffic.

He was released on bail after appearing in Dublin District Court on a firearms charge.

Hennessy, of The Commons, Gowran, Co Kilkenny, is charged with possession of a bolt action .22 calibre rifle without a licence at Inn's Quay on September 5. No other charges in relation to the incident have been brought to date.

Garda Darren Whelan told the court he arrested the accused at the Bridewell Station on Sunday and he was later charged by Sergeant Larry Brady at 5.36pm. He made no reply to the charge after being cautioned.

Garda Whelan said he was seeking a two-month remand for the directions of the DPP to be made available and had no objection to bail.

Judge Miriam Malone granted bail on condition that the accused stayed away from the Four Courts area, was of sober habits and continued to reside at his home address. No requirement to sign on at a garda station was requested. Bail was set in the defendant's own bond of €500, with no cash lodgement needed.

When asked about his financial situation, the accused told the judge he was not working and was collecting a widower's pension. Judge Malone granted him free legal aid and told his solicitor to explain the bail conditions to him.



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The incident happened at 4.10am on Sunday morning and the accused was initially detained at the Bridewell Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

The rifle is to undergo ballistic examination by officers at the Garda Technical Bureau. The area surrounding the Four Courts and Inns Quay is heavily surveyed by CCTV cameras and gardai are also hopeful that the footage will be of evidential value in the case.

A number of motorists are understood to have witnessed the incident and gardai are believed to have taken statements from them.


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