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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dwyer had get-together with pals

A CHILDHOOD friend of Graham Dwyer told the jury in his trial that a get-together was organised at the accused's family home in 2011.

Colm Costello was among several witnesses who gave evidence about where Mr Dwyer or his vehicles were on various dates in 2011 and 2012.

Mr Costello told the court he was also originally from Mr Dwyer's native Bandon, Co Cork. "I believe we went to nursery together, I've known him a long time," he said.

He told Sean Guerin SC, prosecuting that the pair went in different directions after school. "Graham went to Dublin to study in Bolton Street and I went to UCC," he said.

"I moved to Dublin 1995, four years after him, and we've been in touch regularly since then."

He agreed that emails showed a get-together was organised at Mr Dwyer's family home in Foxrock on July 2, 2011.

About six of them went to the house, before going to the local pub and then back to the house, the court heard.

Under cross examination, Mr Costello was asked by Remy Farrell SC, defending, if anything unusual happened.

"No nothing unusual at all," he replied. "I hadn't seen some of the people for a long time. We were planning a 20th anniversary."

Another witness, Sinead Norman told the court that she advertised on "handymatters.ie" or "handyman.ie", for the services of an architect to do "work for cheap or free".

Ms Norman, from Corrandulla in Galway, said Mr Dwyer replied and they met four times to discuss a planning application for a building.

She contacted Mr Dwyer through his 087 mobile number and on email.

"The planning application was made in due course and refused, but you were satisfied with the work and recommended him to a friend, Claire Fox," said prosecuting barrister Anne Marie Lawlor.

Ms Norman was shown a series of photographs with the note "Fox house", dated July 4, 2012. She agreed Mr Dwyer also called her on that date.

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