Warrant issued for soccer star's brother over court no-show
A judge has ordered gardai to arrest a brother of Irish football star Wes Hoolahan after he failed to appear in court yesterday to answer driving charges.
Darren Hoolahan (28) was released on bail on February 14 after he appeared before Dublin District Court on two charges under the Road Traffic Act.
He had been arrested for driving without insurance or a licence at Ossory Road, North Strand, on February 11.
The younger brother of the Norwich City star was remanded on bail to appear before Dublin District Court yesterday.
Mr Hoolahan, of Portland Row, Dublin 1, has not yet indicated how he will plead to the charges which could result in a fine and a six-month sentence if he is convicted.
However, when the case was called, his solicitor Yvonne Bambury told Judge Grainne O'Neill that she had not seen him.
Judge O'Neill agreed to a garda request to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.
During his previous hearing, gardai tried to have his bail revoked over unrelated matters in a case due to resume at Tallaght District Court next month.
Judge Timothy Lucey, then presiding, had noted garda evidence of breaches of a curfew condition and that the accused had not complied with a requirement to sign on at a garda station on 10 occasions.
However, resisting the application to rescind that bail bond, defence solicitor Ms Bambury asked the judge to note that her client had signed on at the garda station on 23 other dates.
Judge Lucey had noted that the breach of curfew and the signing-on order had been admitted; however, he said the accused's bail would not be revoked.
The judge warned that if Mr Hoolahan did not comply with his bail terms, "gardai will very quickly have you arrested" and by breaching the terms "you are just causing trouble for yourself".
Mr Hoolahan spoke briefly during that hearing, saying "yes" to confirm his signature on his bail bond.