Driver in court over fatal crash

A driver today appeared before Dublin District Court in connection with a bus crash at Wellington Quay which killed five people.

A driver today appeared before Dublin District Court in connection with a bus crash at Wellington Quay which killed five people.

Kenneth Henvey, 46, from Whitethorn Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin was charged with dangerous driving causing the death of five people,

At Dublin District Court Judge James McDonnell granted Henvey bail of €5,000 with no cash or surety required.

Henvey will appear again in Dublin District Court on 5 October at 10.30am.

Detective Sergeant John Doyle told the court Henvey made no reply when the charges were read out to him.

Judge McDonnell said he wanted an explanation for why some of the national media had broadcast the charges against Henvey before he appeared in court. He said there were three interested parties in the case.

:: Henvey, who had a constitutional right to a presumption of innocence.

:: The injured people and their families, who had a right to expect proceedings to be conducted in a fashion which would not heighten their sense of loss.

:: The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Judge McDonnell acknowledged the constitutional right of the media to report on court proceedings. But he requested the DPP to consider what steps were necessary to ensure the integrity of the continuing prosecution, before Henvey appeared again on October 5.

The crash at Wellington Quay on February 21 this year was the worst accident in the state company’s history.

Five people were killed and 17 were injured when an out-of-service bus mounted the kerb and collided with a group of people queuing for a bus to Lucan.

Dublin Bus, which described the accident as a dark day, commissioned an independent report into the crash. It has not yet been published at the request of the DPP.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Transport Minister Seamus Brennan personally attended the scene of the crash. The dead included a 33-year-old Ukrainian man whose body was later flown back to his home country for burial.

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