Court grants Southill man’s application for return of liquor seized by gardai

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

A MAN previously convicted in connection with the operation of a shebeen in Southill has been successful in an application for the return of an unspecified quantity of alcohol which was seized by gardai two years ago.

A MAN previously convicted in connection with the operation of a shebeen in Southill has been successful in an application for the return of an unspecified quantity of alcohol which was seized by gardai two years ago.

Francis Kelly, 36, of Lilac Court, Keyes Park, made the application under the Police Property Act in relation to “an assortment of drink” seized on June 5, 2010.

Three respondents - including Jessica Kelly and Declan Hayes - were originally part of the application but taking the witness box at Limerick District Court, Mr Kelly said the property was his alone.

“I bought the drink, I brought it home and the guards took it. It’s my property,” Mr Kelly told Judge Eugene O’Kelly.

Sgt Donal Cronin said there was no objection from the state to the application.

At the time of the seizure in June 2010, Mr Kelly rejected that he was running a shebeen from his mother’s house at Keyes Park, insisting that his friends would pool their money so he could buy alcohol from the supermarket.

The Keyes Park property had been raided on numerous occasions over the previous two years and thousands of euro worth of alcohol had been seized by gardai. In one raid in April 2008, gardai had found several beer taps, a fridge stocked with alcohol, games machines, a dartboard, a pool table and toilets marked ladies and gents.

Some of the alcohol seized had been returned after Mr Kelly made a successful application to the High Court in 2010.

In October of 2009, Mr Kelly was convicted after being prosecuted for Limerick City Council for a breach of planning laws relating to the running of a shebeen.