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Woman accused of making obscene phone calls to Aras an Uachtarain and the Dail

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Anne Fennell
Anne Fennell

A 57-YEAR-OLD Dublin woman has been sent forward for trial accused of making a litany of obscene phone calls to Aras an Uachtarain and the Dail.

Anne Fennell of Monastery Gate Green, Clondalkin appeared at Dublin District Court where she was served with a book of evidence.

Judge Michael Walsh made an order sending her forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where she will face her next hearing on June 26th.

She has been warned that she cannot contact members of the Oireachtas, or Aras an Uachtarain.

She faces 22 charges under the Post Office Act for making grossly offensive phone calls or persistently sending telephone messages that were false and for the purpose of causing annoyance, over a 20-month period.

Judge Walsh heard the DPP has directed that Ms Fennell must face trial on indictment. This means her case will be dealt with at the higher level, in the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.

Earlier, six garda detectives based in Dublin and Co. Tipperary stations told the court Ms Fennell made no reply when she was charged.

Judge Walsh has imposed bail conditions stating she must sign on twice a week at her local station and provide gardai with a contact telephone number. He ordered her not to contact any member of the Oireacthas or Aras an Uachtarain. 

Ms Fennell is alleged to have made an indecent, grossly offensive and obscene call to Dail Eireann, on November 18 2014, and a nuisance call to a named person there on the following day.

The 57-year-old is also accused of making nine obscene calls to Aras an Uachtarain on dates in April, October and November last year.

It is alleged that three of the calls were made to the President's official residence on April 8, last year, and two on the previous day.

The woman is also accused of making calls with false messages to cause annoyance to the Department of Finance, and EU Commission offices in Dublin.

Other charges involve allegations of nuisance phone messages to four named people at locations in Nenagh and Templemore in Co. Tipperary.

The remaining counts relate to phone calls allegedly to named people or locations in Dublin: at Bishop Square in the city-centre, Philipsburg Avenue in Marino, and an An Post office at Oak Road in D12.

The incidents are alleged to have occurred between March 2013 and November the following year.