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Dad-of-three Eugene Farrell

Dad-of-three Eugene Farrell

Dad-of-three Eugene Farrell

A father-of-three arrested for transporting four shotguns and a revolver in a car in west Dublin has been further remanded in custody pending the possibility of more serious charges.

Security man Eugene Farrell (40) was refused bail last week after he was charged over the weapons seizure on St Patrick's Day. Mr Farrell, of Moorefield Avenue, Clondalkin, Dublin, is accused of three counts of possession of stolen property, but the court heard more serious charges are likely to be brought.

He faced his second hearing when he appeared via video-link before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court yesterday.

Judge Blake noted directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions were required.

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Garda Sergeant Stephen Nalty told Judge Blake that it was a recent matter and there will be a "comprehensive file".

Further more serious charges were contemplated, he added.

Judge Blake remanded Mr Farrell in continuing custody to appear again on April 9.

The accused spoke briefly to greet Judge Blake and to say thanks when his case was adjourned.

At his first hearing on March 20, he was denied bail following objections by Garda Michael Brislane who alleged the three shotguns were stolen in house burglaries.

He said they included a Harrington taken in Maynooth, Co Kildare, on October 4, 2018; a Beretta in Swords, Co Dublin, on September 19, 2018; and a Mossberg shotgun taken at Dunboyne, Co Meath, on September 6, 2019.

During a bail hearing, Garda Brislane alleged he was on patrol in the Ardmore Estate in Tallaght at 9.45pm on March 17 when he noticed a grey Peugeot 407 acting suspiciously.

After it was pursued he saw two men running from the vehicle, he said. Garda Brislane ran to the door and arrested the accused, the driver. He said a gearbag in the boot contained four shotguns and a revolver.

Defence solicitor Matthew Kenny had said his client's son was in prison and faced threats of assault over a drug debt. His client had made an error out of misplaced loyalty to his son and thought he was transporting drugs not guns.