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Monday 20 November 2017

Man held gun, drugs and ammo for dealer

A "vulnerable" man stored a pistol, ammunition and €30,000 worth of drugs at his home for a "sinister figure".

Liam Quirke, of Cleggan Avenue in Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty before Judge Martin Nolan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a firearm, 13 rounds of ammunition, 3.47kg of cannabis resin and 50g of cocaine at his house on November 28, 2008.

Garda Robert Smith told Kerida Naidoo BL, prosecuting, that he obtained a warrant to search Quirke's home.

He found a 9mm Pietro Beretta handgun in a plastic bag on an armchair and 13 rounds of ammunition. He also found 11 bars of cannabis resin in a plastic bag on the couch.

Gda Smith said Quirke told him that he met a man who was supplying him with "blow" and became involved in storing the items as he "was afraid of the man".

"I only found out recently who he is and if I tell I am dead," said Quirke.

"He seems to be a man who is a loner and incapable of withstanding pressure from those who seek to use him," said Judge Nolan.

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