Man (38) charged with home burglary of RTE reporter John Kilraine
A 38-year-old man has appeared in court charged with an aggravated burglary at the home of RTE journalist John Kilraine.
The alleged incident happened in the Christchurch, area of Dublin, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Michael Royal with an address at Benmadigan Road, Drimnagh, was arrested by Kevin Street gardai following the alleged incident.
Royal faced one charge of aggravated burglary contrary to the Theft Act when he appeared at Dublin District Court.
He was also charged with the unauthorised taking of Mr Kilraine’s BMW car.
In addition, Royal was charged with two counts of dangerous driving on the morning of December 2 last.
One count of dangerous driving related to an incident at Francis Street in Dublin and the other at nearby Dean Swift Square.
He was then granted bail and is expected to appear again at the Criminal Courts of Justice on January 13 next.
Conviction on the offence of aggravated burglary can carry a maximum term of life imprisonment.
The journalist joined the RTE staff in 2003 and has been a news reporter for more than 20 years.
He had previously worked with the Sunday Independent, the Irish Press, TV3 and 98fm.
He was named as RTE’s Dublin correspondent in November 2011.
Mr Kilraine (54) was born in London but has lived in Dublin most of his life.
He graduated in English and history from Trinity College Dublin and has a post- graduate degree in journalism from Dublin City University (DCU).
Mr Kilraine extensively covered the Mahon Tribunal throughout 2006 and most recently in his position as Dublin correspondent he covered the Garth Brooks Croke Park debacle in the city.