Man charged with having gun, drugs and silencer

A 29-year-old man charged with the suspicious possession of a semi-automatic pistol and possession of cannabis was remanded in custody after appearing before a special sitting of Limerick District Court on Saturday.

Kieran Doyle of Daar River Walk, Newcastle West, was arrested and detained at Henry Street Garda Station following the seizure of a loaded 'Baikal' gun, a silencer and a quantity of cannabis worth an estimated €12,000 by gardaí in a raid on a premises at Ballinamudagh, Coolcappagh, Ardagh, on Thursday last, March 7.

Mr Doyle made no reply when he was charged in connection with the seizure, Garda Aled Harkin told Judge Mary Larkin at the special Limerick District Court sitting on Saturday.

Opposing bail, the Gda said it would be alleged the loaded gun and the silencer were uncovered by divisional drugs unit members during a search of a shed that was carried out on foot of intelligence. He said the firearm was wrapped in cling film and a white cloth. The Gda said that roughly 500kg of cannabis was found in vacuum-packed plastic in a van parked at the property.

Gda opposed bail given what they said was the serious nature of the charges, and concerns the defendant would pose a flight risk. A solicitor for Mr Doyle applied for bail saying his client would abide by any conditions required. The Judge said she had to have regard for the law, refusing bail and remanding the defendant in custody. A 61-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman arrested during Thursday's operation were released without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.