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Thursday 14 December 2017

Former City Councillor Gary O’Flynn pleads guilty to three counts of soliciting murder

Former Cork City councillor Gary O'Flynn. Photo: Daragh McSweeney
Former Cork City councillor Gary O'Flynn. Photo: Daragh McSweeney

A FORMER city councillor has pleaded guilty to soliciting someone to kill a Detective Garda, a Revenue Commissioner and an accountant.

Gary O’Flynn (38), a son of former Fianna Fail backbench TD Noel O’Flynn, entered the plea before Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

O’Flynn, a qualified solicitor, indicated he was pleading guilty to three charges as the court was about to deliberate on a trial date.

He will now be sentenced in April after Judge Sean O'Donnabhain was told that substantial medical reports need to be compiled first for the benefit of the court.

O'Flynn was granted free legal aid last year after the court was told he was in “a destitute situation.”

The charges were brought contrary to Section 4 of the Offences Against the Persons Act (1861) and relate to dates between October 1 2012 and February 15 2013.

All three charges involve an address on the Mallow Road in Cork.

The three individuals named are Det Garda Mary Skehan, Revenue Commissioner official George Ross and accountant Patrick Sweeney.

The same named individual was solicited by Gary O'Flynn to murder the trio.

O’Flynn of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork was first charged before Cork District Court but the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) indicated that the matter had to be dealt with by judge and jury.

O'Flynn, who appeared in court wearing a grey suit and tie, remained silent except to confirm his guilty pleas. The court previously heard that Mr O’Flynn has no paid employment, no source of income and no assets.

The defendant previously confirmed that he had received €5,000 in settlement of a defamation action against a UK newspaper but that this money had since been totally exhausted on his legal fees.

Judge O'Donnabhain was told that O'Flynn remains under the constant care of a psychiatrist.

He has been receiving psycho-medical treatment for a variety of problems for some considerable period.

Gary O'Flynn took his father’s old seat on Cork City Council in 2003 when the dual-mandate ban came into force.

He ended his political career five years later with the city council seat going to his brother, Ken.

Gary O’Flynn was a qualified solicitor but had also operated a financial services company over recent years.

His father was first elected to the Dail in 1997 and served as a TD for 14 years.

Noel O’Flynn was famously outspoken as a backbench TD and criticised both Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen for their leadership of the party and country.

The former TD also criticised current party leader Michael Martin for allegedly failing to support his son Ken’s Seanad bid four years ago.

Noel O’Flynn agreed not defend his seat at the 2011 General Election at Mr Martin’s specific request amid concerns that, if the party vote was split, they would fail to elect a TD in Jack Lynch’s old constituency for the first time in FF history.

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