Father and son charged over Tallaght riot

Gardai at the scene in Avonbeg Gardens last year
Gardai at the scene in Avonbeg Gardens last year

A FATHER and son have appeared in court charged in connection with a riot in Tallaght last year.

Dad-of-three Karl Holmes died after he was discovered on the street in an unconscious state, following a dispute involving a number of males in Avonbeg Gardens.

Michael O’Shaughnessy and Graham O’Shaughnessy have been ordered by Tallaght District Court to stay away from members of the Holmes family, as part of their bail conditions.

Michael is alleged to have produced a samurai sword during the incident in Avonbeg Gardens on September 3 last.

Neither men have been charged in connection with the death of Mr Holmes (44).

Michael O’Shaughnessy (62) of Avonbeg Gardens, is charged with engaging in violent disorder with Graham O’Shaughnessy, producing a samurai sword during the incident and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour at Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, on September 3, 2015.

Graham (29) with the same address in Avonbeg Gardens, is charged with engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour and engaging in violent disorder with Michael
O’Shaughnessy at Avonbeg Gardens on the above date.

The court heard that the DPP had directed summary disposal only on a plea of guilty.

They said they had no objection to bail with conditions, that the defendants stay away from the Holmes family, that they sign on weekly at Tallaght Garda Station and that they each provide a mobile phone number that they can be contactable by the gardai at all times.

The O’Shaughnessys’ lawyer, George Burns Bl, said that his instructing solicitor would be requiring disclosure.

Making an order for disclosure, Judge Bridget Reilly released the O’Shaughnessys on bail subject to the above conditions and remanded them to a date in March for mention.