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Thursday, 14th November 2019

Man in court over Drogheda guns and ammunition seizure gets bail

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Drogheda Courthouse.

A 38-year-old man charged following the seizure by Gardaí on Monday of three handguns, magazines and ammunition has been released on bail.

Andrew O’Brien of Rathmullan Park, Drogheda who is an auxiliary fireman and an Irish Coast Guard volunteer, appeared before Drogheda District Court this morning accused under Section 27A of the Firearms Act, of possession of three semi-automatic pistols and 48 rounds of ammunition at the Irish Coast Guard Station, Horse Lane, Drogheda.

The court heard that O’Brien made no reply when the charges were put to him.

His solicitor, Patrick Goodwin told Judge Eireann McKiernan that O’Brien had never been in court before and was a "most unusual" person to be before the court.

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Despite Garda opposition to O’Brien’s bail application, Judge McKiernan granted bail with a security of €4,000 and several conditions, including that he surrender his passport and sign on daily at Drogheda Garda Station.

His next court appearance will also be in Drogheda District Court on January 17th 2020.

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