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Thursday 21 September 2017

Three men in court on weapons charges after dawn warehouse raid

Declan Brady
Declan Brady

Three men have been charged by gardai investigating a huge weapons seizure at a warehouse in west Dublin.

James Walsh (33), Johnathon Harding (44) and Declan Brady (51) were brought before Dublin District Court charged in connection with the haul.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded them in custody until next Wednesday after no bail applications were made on their behalf.

They are charged with possession of five revolvers, ammunition and a silencer.

Raid

The find was made after officers from the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) raided a warehouse at Greenogue industrial estate, Rathcoole, in a dawn operation on Tuesday.

The three men had been detained at Clondalkin and Ronanstown Garda Stations before they were brought before Dublin District Court.

Their cases were dealt with individually.

Mr Walsh, of Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin; Mr Harding, of McNeill Court, Sallins, Co Kildare; and Mr Brady, from The Park, Wolston Abbey, Celbridge, also in Kildare, remained silent as evidence of their arrest, charge and caution was given to the court by detectives.

They are each charged with three offences under the Firearms Act - unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a silencer and having five handguns.

These are alleged to have been a Zastava M83-02 six-shot revolver, two special calibre Smith & Wesson model five-shot revolvers and two Rossi five-shot revolvers.

Detective Sergeant Emmet Casserly told the court Mr Brady said "no" in reply to each charge at Clondalkin Station at 1.14pm yesterday. Det Sgt Casserly said he was objecting to bail.

Defence solicitor Anarine McAllister said Mr Brady was "not applying for bail on this occasion".

Caution

Judge Halpin ordered all necessary relevant medical attention and treatment.

Judge Halpin asked if the DPP's directions were available.

Detective Superintendent Tony Howard said it was anticipated that there would be further charges.

Detective Sergeant Michael Cuffe then gave evidence of arresting, charging and cautioning Mr Walsh at 1.34pm at Ronanstown Garda Station. He made no reply after caution.

His barrister David Staunton handed a statement of Mr Walsh's financial means in to court and Judge Halpin deferred a decision on legal aid to a later date.

Detective Sergeant Paul Curran said he arrested Mr Harding at Clondalkin Station at 10.50am. He made no reply to the charges after caution.

He was granted legal aid following an application by his solicitor Brian Coveney.

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