Bail for man charged with charity cycle road death

A man charged in connection with the road death of a Ring of Kerry charity cyclist has secured bail.

Three weeks ago, gardaí objected to bail being granted to Shane Fitzgerald, who was arrested on the runway at Cork Airport and charged with dangerous driving causing the death in July 2012 of Paudie O’Leary.

Detective Sergeant Fergal Foley, at the time arrested Mr Fitzgerald, aged 21, of Upper Knockeen, Knockduff, Meelin, Newmarket, Co Cork, at the airport on March 3 and charged him with the single count that, on July 1, 2012, at Scrahanfadda, Gneeveguilla, Co Kerry, he drove dangerously thereby causing the death of Mr O’Leary.

Det Sgt Foley had said that the State was opposed to bail being granted to the accused, whom he described as a flight risk.

An independent surety in the sum of €20,000 was approved by Cork District Court yesterday. It was then a matter for evidence of this surety being presented at Cork Prison for the accused to be released.

Following refusal of bail at Tralee District Court, bail was granted at the High Court in Dublin subject to the approval of a surety at Cork District Court, the lodgement of €5,000 in cash, and the presentation of bank details showing that the surety had €15,000 available.

Inspector Eileen Foster sought assurance from the surety that the bank account balance would not be reduced below €15,000 until the conclusion of the case.

Mr O’Leary had been on an early morning training cycle for the 180km Ring of Kerry charity cycle, which had been due to take place the following week.

Married with a young family, he was a native of Gneeveguilla.

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