National Library employee charged with stealing rare books

National Library of Ireland
National Library of Ireland

A NATIONAL Library of Ireland employee is to face trial on more than 200 counts of stealing rare antique books.

John Nulty (37) with an address at Portersgate Close, Clonsilla, Dublin was served with a book of evidence yesterday by a Garda detective from National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

He appeared at Dublin District Court having been initially charged in October.

The DPP had directed that he face trial on indictment. When the case resumed yesterday at the district court, Judge Cormac Dunne told the defendant that he was being returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on February 12th.

The accused, who has not yet entered a plea, has been allowed free legal aid. Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher was granted an order that legal aid would also cover senior counsel representation for his client.

Mr Nulty faces 216 counts of stealing books from the National Library of Ireland in Dublin on various dates from 2004 until 2013. He has not yet entered a plea to the charges which are contrary to the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The books involved in the case include: “Some Poems of Roger Casement” published in 1918; Memoirs of Charles Macklin (1806) and Early Irish History and Mythology.

Mr Nulty, who was remanded on bail in his own bond of €300, must notify the prosecution within 14 days if he intends to use an alibi in his defence.