Sunday 25 February 2018

Woman on Aras obscene calls charge


a DUBLIN woman has been charged with making indecent phone calls to Aras an Uachtarain and Dail Eireann.

Anne Fennell (57) is facing trial on 22 separate counts of making either obscene or nuisance calls to the President's residence, Leinster House, Government offices, and other locations in Dublin and Co Tipperary.

She had the case against her adjourned at Dublin District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Ms Fennell, with an address at Monastery Gate Green, Clondalkin was remanded on continuing bail on condition she has no contact with any member of the Oireachtas or with Aras an Uachtarain.

She is charged with nine counts of sending a telephone message that was "grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character" at Aras an Uachtarain.

Ms Fennell is charged with single counts of the same offence at Dail Eireann; Bishops Square, Redmond's Hill, Dublin 2 and Philipsburgh Avenue, Marino.

She is further charged with 10 counts of sending a false message by telephone for the purpose of "causing annoyance, inconvenience, or needless anxiety" to named alleged victims.

The offences are alleged to have happened on dates between March 2013 and November 2014.

State Solicitor Tom Conlon asked Judge Michael Walsh to adjourn the case for six weeks.

Under bail conditions, she must also sign on twice weekly at Clondalkin Garda Station and provide gardai with a mobile phone number. Bail was set in her own bond of €500.

She was granted free legal aid after her solicitor Amanda Connolly said Fennell was not working.

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