Ex-Sinn Féin candidate's son charged with gun offences

A son of a former Sinn Féin candidate in a Dáil by-election has appeared in court in connection with an incident in which shots were allegedly fired at a garda patrol car in a city housing estate.

A son of a former Sinn Féin candidate in a Dáil by-election has appeared in court in connection with an incident in which shots were allegedly fired at a garda patrol car in a city housing estate.

Shane Shapland (aged 21) with an address at 141, Pineview Gardens, Moyross, is charged with possession of a double barrelled sawn-off shotgun at Ballygrennan Close, Moyross, on May 18, 2004.

Mr Shapland, who was appearing before Limerick District Court this afternoon, is also charged with discharging a firearm at a garda patrol car occupied by three uniformed gardaí on the same date, creating a substantial risk of death or injury.

The accused man is a son of Jenny Shapland, who ran unsuccessfully for Sinn Féin in the Limerick East by-election in 1998, following the death of the late Labour TD, Jim Kemmy.

Gardaí told the court today that it was the State's case that Shane Shapland should be sent forward for trial in the near future and that the case file was nearing completion.

Solicitor for the accused, Mr John Devane, told Limerick District Court that his client was appearing in court by arrangement and that it was a serious matter which involved an alleged shooting at gardaí.

Gardaí said they would not oppose bail subject to certain conditions being met and added that the completion of the book of evidence was in its latter stages at the office of the DPP.

Judge Tom O'Donnell remanded the accused man in custody with consent to bail on his own bond of €250 to appear again before Limerick District Court on April 28.

The judge also ordered that he should sign on twice weekly at Henry Street garda station and must hand in his passport or other relevant travel documents.

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