Man, 29, held over death of pedestrian

A 29-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged in connection with a collision which claimed the life of a pedestrian in Swords, in Dublin, at the weekend.

Desmond Collopy, from Ballyfermot, Dublin, has been accused of dangerous driving and did not apply for bail when he was brought before a judge yesterday morning.

Eamon Cronin, a married 50-year-old who worked as a customer service agent, from Ridgewood, Swords, was struck by a car at about 3.10am on Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to removed to Connolly Hospital for a postmortem.

Garda forensic crash investigators examined the scene and an appeal was issued for witnesses to come forward.

On Saturday evening, Mr Collopy, from Landen Road, Ballyfermot, was arrested by Garda Ciaran McGeough. The 29-year-old was taken to Swords Garda station where he was held under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

On Sunday, a charge under Section 53.1 of the Road Traffic Act, for dangerous driving at the junction of Malahide Road and Main St Swords, was put to him.

He was brought to appear before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court yesterday where Gda McGeough said the accused “made no reply” when the charge was put to him.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe told Judge Walsh that his client was not making an application for bail at this point. There was consent to him being remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday when a bail application could be made.

Mr Collopy remained silent during his hearing and has not yet indicated how he will plead. Free legal aid was granted following a request my Mr Hanahoe.

It was reported that Mr Cronin and his wife, Jane, had been married for 19 years and had no children.

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