'Your honour, I was raised by these people, I just want to go and pay my respects'
Two family members of Carrickmines victims denied bail to attend burial
TWO members of the Traveller community have been denied bail to attend the burial of five members of the Connors family who died in the Carrickmines tragedy.
However, one first cousin – who said he had been raised by the Connors – has been granted a 13-hour period of release from prison today to help carry the coffins.
Yesterday, High Court Judge Mr Justice Michael Moriarty prioritised the compassionate release applications which were opposed in each case by the State.
Judge Moriarty said it was difficult not to be moved by the “substantive grief” of the Traveller community.
However, after hearing evidence from gardai, he refused bail to a cousin of the deceased who is facing a murder charge.
One-day release on compassionate grounds was also refused to another cousin facing a number of assault charges.
Judge Moriarty granted bail on compassionate grounds to a third cousin who told Judge Moriarty the Connors were immediate family members to him.
“Your honour, I was raised by these people.” he said. “I just want to go and pay my respects, I’ll do anything just to go [to the burials] for the day.”