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Mum lost her house after dealing drugs

a mother of one who was caught dealing cannabis from her home has been remanded on bail pending sentence next July.

Debbie O'Reilly (35), formerly of Maple Avenue, Ballybrack, subsequently became homeless when the county council became aware of the offence. She and her 15-year-old son are now living in sheltered accommodation.

The court heard that O'Reilly had been left devastated by what was described as "the tragic death" of her former partner and father of her child in July 2013.

She was also having difficulties in her then relationship with a man known to gardai. She is no longer associated with this man and has moved out of the Ballybrack area.

Garda Ivor Scully agreed with Ronan Kennedy BL, defending, that when gardai arrived to search O'Reilly's home, her family and friends were in the middle of "an intervention" with her as they had been concerned about her recent behaviour.

O'Reilly co-operated fully with gardai and took responsibility for the kilogramme of cannabis herb, worth €21,920 and eight grams of PVP (a synthetic drug similar to cocaine) worth €312.

The drugs were found in a shopping bag in her shed, behind a kicker board in the kitchen and her bedroom.

A total of €8,200 in cash, a digital weighing scales and an iPhone with evidence of drug dealing on it were also seized in the house.

O'Reilly pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis herb for sale or supply at her then home on August 4, 2013. She has no previous convictions.

Gda Scully told the prosecution that gardai searched the house in Maple Avenue following a tip off that cannabis was being sold from the house.

O'Reilly made immediate admissions at the scene when the drugs were discovered.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said O'Reilly is clearly a capable and intelligent young woman but for some reason started to abuse drugs before moving onto dealing.


"She made a decision to involve herself and the court cannot overlook that," the judge remarked but noted her progress in dealing with her addiction.

O'Reilly had been using PVP at the time of the offences.

The judge said the court had "grave concerns" about the position of O'Reilly's young son and adjourned the case to July next year.

Gda Scully said he was aware that following the garda raid O'Reilly was interviewed by the local county council for anti-social behaviour. She subsequently voluntarily handed back the keys of the house.