County Limerick man jailed for breaching exclusion order

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

A NEWCASTLE West man who breached an order barring him from a council estate twice in two days has been sentenced to six months in prison, despite him pleading with a judge to let him emigrate.

A NEWCASTLE West man who breached an order barring him from a council estate twice in two days has been sentenced to six months in prison, despite him pleading with a judge to let him emigrate.

John Ryan, 32, was jailed after he admitted to breaking the order prohibiting him from entering the Sharwood estate twice last week.

Meanwhile another man, 23-year-old Dan McCarthy, has been barred from entering his home estate of Castleview for a period of three years after he was accused of being involved in “extreme acts of violence” and anti-social behaviour there.

The council originally sought to have a barring order placed on Dan McCarthy last December, but agreed to adjourn the matter for one year provided he be of good behaviour. However, the court heard that since then Dan McCarthy has been convicted of drugs and public order offences on the estate.

John Ryan, Dermot Ryan and Tom McCarthy were all barred from Sharwood and Castleview last December, which was the first time the local authority had ever exercised its powers to prohibit people from entering its estates.

Speaking in court in Newcastle West this Tuesday, Insp Eamon O’Neill told the court that last Friday, June 1 gardai received “numerous complaints” that John Ryan was at his father’s home at 17 Sharwood, in breach of the exclusion order.

Ryan was arrested and brought before a sitting of Kilmallock Court later that day, where he was granted bail after promising to stay out of Sharwood and stay sober.

However Insp O’Neill said that the following day Ryan was once again found to be in Sharwood, and was re-arrested.

On April 26 Ryan was fined €100 for breaching the barring order after he was found drunk at his father’s home in Sharwood. On that occasion, he escaped being sent to prison because he told Judge Mary O’Halloran that he wished to emigrate.

Solicitor Jane O’Flynn, defending, said that Ryan’s actions were “totally drink related” and were linked to his attendance at a family communion and confirmation.

She said that Ryan’s alcohol and drugs addiction was “a serious matter”, and that it is “taking time for him to understand that he can’t go home to his father”.

For a full version of this report, see this weekend’s Limerick Leader, print edition.