Threat to kill accused is barred from Munster

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

Bridget Ryan, 55, of Fairhill, Rathkeale and three men have been sent forward for trial accused of threatening to kill gardai
A RATHKEALE man who is one of four people accused of threatening to kill gardai has been barred from almost all of Munster while on bail as a result of an “ongoing dispute” between two West Limerick families, a court has heard.

A RATHKEALE man who is one of four people accused of threatening to kill gardai has been barred from almost all of Munster while on bail as a result of an “ongoing dispute” between two West Limerick families, a court has heard.

Michael Ryan, 22, of 7 Fairgreen, Fairhill, Rathkeale has been prohibited from entering Limerick, Clare, Cork, Tipperary and Kerry while on bail on charges of violent disorder and threatening to kill two gardai at Fairhill, Rathkeale on June 7.

His mother Bridget Ryan, 55, and brother Roger Ryan, 25, also of 7 Fairgreen, Fairhill and 21-year-old Robert O’Donoghue of 8 St Jude’s, Garryowen have also been charged with violent disorder and threatening to kill two gardai on June 7.

All four have been sent forward for trial at Limerick Circuit Court after being served with books of evidence at Newcastle West court this Tuesday.

State solicitor Aidan Judge said that one of the conditions of Michael Ryan’s current bail is that he stay out of Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, Kerry and Cork as there is “an ongoing dispute between the Ryans and the Hartys”, and gardai believe that he needs “to stay outside the confines of Munster”.

Solicitor Julianne Kiely, defending, said that Michael Ryan is currently appealing this bail condition to the High Court, and applied to have it removed from his bail terms between now and his trial. The court heard that Michael Ryan is currently residing at a halting site at Headford Road, Galway.

Judge Mary Larkin refused Ms Kiely’s application to amend Michael Ryan’s bail and further remanded him until his trial, with the condition that he stay out of the five named counties except for court appearances. He must also give gardai 48 hours’ notice if he has to travel to Limerick to meet with his solicitor.

Ms Kiely also made an application for legal aid on behalf of Bridget Ryan, but this was refused by Judge Larkin as no full statement of means for the accused had been filed. Mr Judge told the court on a previous date that the State would be objecting to Bridget Ryan receiving legal aid until a “comprehensive statement of means” had been produced.

Speaking this Tuesday Judge Larkin said that she “cannot make a decision” on legal aid without the statement of means, and said that Bridget Ryan would have to make a fresh application before the circuit court. Roger Ryan, who has already been granted legal aid, was further remanded in custody until his trial date.

Robert O’Donoghue, meanwhile, was called into the witness box to give a sworn undertaking that he would abide by the terms of his bail between now and the trial, following an allegation by Mr Judge that he had breached his current nightly curfew on five occasions.

However as none of the relevant gardai were present in court to give evidence to this effect, the State did not lodge a formal objection to O’Donoghue receiving bail. As part of this bail he must continue to observe a nightly curfew and stay out of Rathkeale and Newcastle West.

All four defendants were also warned to give the State 14 days’ notice if they intend to produce alibi witnesses.