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Ex Councillor and father charged with 'possession of firearms'

Jonathan Dowdall
Jonathan Dowdall

A former Sinn Fein Councillor and his father appearing at an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court this evening have been charged with firearms offences and intent to commit false imprisonment.

Jonathan Dowdall (37) and Patrick Dowdall (59) were arrested this evening by members of the Special Detective Unit.

Mr Jonathan Dowdall, with an address at Navan Road, Dublin 7 and Mr Patrick Dowdall, with the same address, were both charged with possession of what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun and a .44 calibre magnum revolver at their home address on January 15, 2015.

Both men were also charged with the intent to commit the offence of false imprisonment of one Alexander Hurley, on the same date.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit, told State Solicitor Michael O’Donovan that he arrested Jonathan Dowdall on Tuesday afternoon in Clontarf, Dublin 3.

He said he explained to Mr Dowdall the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him.

Mr Dowdall made no reply, the court heard.

The detective sergeant detained Mr Dowdall at Clontarf garda station and told him that he would be taken before the next sitting of the Special Criminal Court 1, where he would be charged with the offences.

Mr Derek Cooney BL, for Jonathan Dowdall, said that there was no application for bail at this juncture.

Detective Garda Colm Finnerty, of the Special Detective Unit, told State Solicitor Michael O’Donovan that he arrested Patrick Dowdall on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm outside Swords garda station, Co Dublin.

He said that he explained to Mr Dowdall the reason for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him.

Mr Patrick Dowdall said at the time of arrest: "I didn't use any firearms on anybody, I never used a firearm in my life."

The detective garda detained Mr Dowdall at Swords station and told him he would be taken before the next sitting of the Special Criminal Court 1, where he would be charged with the offences.

Ms Annemarie Lawlor BL, for Patrick Dowdall, told the court that the DPP had no objection to the granting of legal aid.

The barrister also asked for a transcript of today's hearing before Friday and that if legal aid was granted, that today would be marked as a trial date.

Ms Lawlor then told the court that both men were on prescribed medication and asked that the warrant reflect this.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding with Judge Flann Brennan and Judge Ann Ryan, remanded both men in custody to Portlaoise Prison until Friday morning, May 27, when bail applications are expected to be made.

An order was made that both accused be charged and tried before Special Criminal Court 1.

Alison O'Riordan