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Monday 23 April 2018

Loyal partner who stood by McGeever loses cancer battle

The partner of a former millionaire property developer who is to stand trial on charges of wasting garda time has died after a long battle with cancer.

Siobhan O'Callaghan, who was the devoted partner of Kevin McGeever (68), passed away on Monday night at to Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross, in south Dublin.

Ms O'Callaghan's funeral Mass takes place tomorrow morning at the Church of Our Lady of Victories, Ballymun Road, north Dublin.

STATEMENTS

She had been battling terminal cancer for well over a year.

Paying tribute today Mr McGeever said: "My beautiful darling Siobhan is dead.

"I wasn't expecting this ... I wasn't expecting her to pass so quickly."

He said that she died shortly before 9.30pm, five minutes before he arrived at the hospice.

"Siobhan was the love of my life. We were life partners and we were engaged for 11 years but life kept getting in the way and we were never married. My heart is broken," he said.

A hearing in September heard McGeever was being financed on a day-to-day basis by Ms O'Callaghan, who had reported him missing last year.

McGeever, from Craughwell, Co Galway, last appeared before Loughrea District Court last month.

He faces two charges under the 1976 Criminal Law Act.

McGeever is accused of knowingly making false reports and statements between January 29 and February 28, tending to show he had information on allegations of false imprisonment, assault and threats of harm.

The charges follow a garda investigation that began after the developer was found in a dishevelled state wandering on a roadway in Co Leitrim.

McGeever had been reported missing in May of last year and had not been seen until a woman out walking came upon him on January 29 last.

Superintendent Enda Walshe told Judge Geoffrey Browne that the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to a trial in the circuit court.

Judge Browne returned him for trial at the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court.

APPLICATION

Statement solicitor John Nash told the court that he was standing in for his colleague, Tom Brabazon, in the case and asked that Mr Brabazon be assigned for the purpose of legal aid.

Judge Browne said there was no statement of Mr McGeever's means in court and he had made it clear, at a previous court hearing, that a statement of means was required before he could consider an application for legal aid.

Mr Nash asked if he could raise the matter at a future date, but the judge told him that he had now finished with the matter and that any such application would have to be made to the circuit court.

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