THE historic state visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland was cited as the reason why several local court cases could not proceed as scheduled this week.
When a number of cases were called at Limerick District Court, the presiding judge was told that members of An Garda Siochana were not available to give evidence due to what were described as “logistical problems” associated with the State visit of her Majesty to Dublin, Kildare, Tipperary, and Cork.
In most of the cases, an adjournment was granted by the court but a small number of cases - mostly relating to minor offences - were struck out.
In addition, a number of cases at Limerick Children’s Court could not proceed on Tuesday afternoon as there were difficulties transporting prisoners from Dublin to Limerick to traffic restrictions in the capital.
Several cases listed for next Tuesday afternoon have already been adjourned due to expected difficulties associated with the upcoming visit of US President, Barack Obama to Dublin and Moneygall.
It is understood that a number of cases which have been listed for Kilmallock Court this Friday will also not proceed due to the unavailability of the prosecuting gardai, who have been deployed elsewhere as part of what is the country’s biggest ever security operation.
The Limerick Leader understands that in excess of 300 gardai – including several senior officers - from the Limerick garda division will have played some role in policing either the visit of Queen Elizabeth II or President Obama to Ireland.
Sittings of Limerick Circuit Court were unaffected by the Queen’s visit.