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Application to move drugs trial to Dublin refused
22 February 2012 --
AN APPLICATION to have the trial of a Moyross man accused in connection with the
possession of over €145,000 worth of drugs at Ballygrennan, Co Clare, has been
refused at Limerick Circuit Court, after the presiding judge was told that the
State was not properly notified of the request ahead of the proposed trial date.
Judge Carroll Moran set the date for the case of 41-year-old John McCarthy to go
ahead on May 8 next. However, following the announcement of the date, Shane
O’Callaghan, barrister, Madden and Finucane Solicitors, Belfast, informed the
court that it was his belief that papers were served on the State, and therefore
was lodging an application to have the trial moved to Dublin.
John O’Sullivan, prosecution for the State, said that this was “another red
herring thrown in by the defence to further delay the case”.
Mr O’Sullivan made references to legal arguments over disclosure and procedures,
and refuted the claim that the relevant papers had been served informing of the
He added that there were an “endless series of applications made by the
Mr O’Sullivan added that the application was “generated with ether” and that the
allegations of an article generated in the Daily Mail and the subsequent
investigation, “had no connection to the matters Mr McCarthy had before the
court,” adding that he would draft a suitable letter to the defence.
Mr O’Callaghan countered, stating no stone would be left unturned in the pursuit
of a defence for John McCarthy.
Judge Carroll Moran said that the case was to proceed on May 8, at Limerick
The accused, John McCarthy, is to face trial for the alleged
possession of over €145,000 worth of drugs.