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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Ex-councillor 'made 40 vile, abusive calls in space of six hours'

Ex-councillor Killian Forde
Ex-councillor Killian Forde

A former city councillor who made 40 threatening phone calls of "vile personal abuse" to a colleague over a six-hour period has paid €400 to charity in Tallaght District Court.

Killian Forde had previously paid €300.

The former Labour councillor made the phone calls to Paddy Banks, who was a board member of the Integration Centre at the time.

The court had heard that Forde told Mr Banks that he "would be got" and "would be a dish best served cold".

Forde was a Dublin City Councillor with Sinn Fein from 2004 to 2010 before switching to Labour.

He resigned his seat in 2011, when he was made chief executive of the Integration Centre.

Mr Banks had described the calls as "vile personal abuse".

The court had heard that on October 7, 2014, Forde made a number of threatening and intimidating calls to one man.

The court was also told that the calls were "drunken gibberish".

Forde had been director of the Integration Centre at the time of the incident.

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A colleague had been made redundant by Mr Banks and was later reinstated.

The calls took place between 12.25am and 6am and Forde said he had been intoxicated.

Forde (46), with addresses at Cardonagh Park, Donaghmede, and Sutton Park, Sutton, had admitted to making a hoax telephone call at an address at Homelawn Drive, Tallaght, on October 7, 2014, contrary to Section 13(1) of the Post Office (Amendment) Act, 1951.

Giving his victim impact statement in December, Mr Banks told Judge Patricia McNamara: "It was said to me I would be got and I would pay for what I did. He did not appear to me to be intoxicated.

"I will not accept an apology from Mr Forde. I would regard it as an empty formula. I have been deeply offended as to how I have been treated."

When his case was called yesterday, Forde handed over €100 in cash and a cheque for €300 from his solicitor's client account.

Judge McNamara said the cheque would have to be cleared before concluding the case.

Forde told Judge McNamara: "I paid the €300 in cash to my solicitor. I don't see why it is up to me."

Judge McNamara adjourned the case for three weeks for the cheque to clear and to finalise the case.

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