State queries legal aid application in Limerick violent disorder case

Gerard Fitzgibbon

Reporter:

Gerard Fitzgibbon

Bridget Ryan, of Fairgreen, Rathkeale. Picture: Press 22
THE STATE has demanded to see a “comprehensive statement of means” from a Rathkeale mother-of-seventeen who is charged in connection with a violent incident in the town on June 7.

THE STATE has demanded to see a “comprehensive statement of means” from a Rathkeale mother-of-seventeen who is charged in connection with a violent incident in the town on June 7.

Bridge Ryan, 55, of 7 Fairgreen, Fairhill, Rathkeale is currently on remand on a charge of violent disorder in relation to the incident in Fairhill, in which the lives of two gardai were allegedly threatened.

Two of Ryan’s sons – 25-year-old Roger and 22-year-old Michael are also facing violent disorder charges over the same incident, along with 21-year-old Robert O’Donoghue, of Pennywell, Garryowen.

Bridget Ryan, who received bail on June 18, made an application for legal aid at a sitting of Newcastle West court last Friday.

However State solicitor Aidan Judge asked that Ryan present a “comprehensive statement of means” before any legal aid application is granted.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy, acting for the accused, asked if two of her existing bail conditions could be amended.

On June 18, Ryan was granted bail with the requirements that she not interfere with any witnesses in the case; that she sign on at Newcastle West garda station three times a week; that she reside at her home and be of sober habits; that she observe a nightly curfew of 10pm to 9am, and that she surrender her passport.

Mr McCarthy sought to have Ryan’s morning curfew lifted at 8am, as she is a carer for her granddaughter and “brings her to preschool” every morning. Mr McCarthy added that as Ryan does not have a passport, this condition should also be changed.

Both applications were granted by Judge Mary Larkin, on consent by the State.

Judge Larkin said that she would reserve her position on the legal aid application until the State had examined Ryan’s statement of means.

She adjourned the case until June 27 for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.