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Dunne's six-year drug saga delayed yet again

THE six-year old case against a Dublin man found guilty of cocaine offences will not be finalised for several more months after it was adjourned yet again at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Eamonn Dunne (32) of Dunsoghly Drive, Ratoath Road, Finglas, was charged with crimes including the sale and supply of cocaine, ephedrine and ecstasy.

The charges relate to an incident at Cappagh Road in Finglas in June 2002.

Dunne was due to be sentenced last year, but the unavailability of a judge meant the case had to be put back. His case is now ongoing for six years.

It was listed for mention yesterday and was given a further mention date with no sentencing scheduled.

He will appear in court again on May 10.

His barrister previously told the court that the case had been "up and down" to the Supreme Court, which had refused his application to allow him to change his plea.

Dunne was originally arrested and charged in 2003, and the case has been before the courts since then.

He initially pleaded guilty to several charges but later indicated that he wished to change his plea to not guilty.

The court rejected this and Dunne appealed the decision to the High Court and the Supreme Court. His appeal was unsuccessful.

The charges were brought after an operation by the west Dublin Divisional Crime Task Force.

Dunne was charged by Det Garda Paul Keane and the case had been put back to establish the availability of a judge to sentence him.

The judge who originally dealt with the case would have to sentence him, but it was not known if he would be available.

Dunne made the headlines in recent years when he claimed in Swords District Court that he was the victim of garda and media collusion.

At that time, he was before the court for a minor public order offence. He said that false newspaper reports were putting him in danger.

Dunne said he wanted to see all garda PULSE system activity against him in the preceding year and asked the judge to direct the gardai to make this information available to him.

His lawyer said he was gravely concerned about garda collusion with journalists.

Judge Patrick Brady told Dunne at the time he could sue for defamation if that was what had happened. He advised him he could also sue for malicious prosecution and complain to the Garda Ombudsman Commission.

aphelan@herald.ie