Redmond remanded on bail pending trial date

A new date for the trial of Mr George Redmond on a corruption charge will be set next month at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A new date for the trial of Mr George Redmond on a corruption charge will be set next month at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Joseph Matthews, who recently rejected a defence application to halt the trial on the grounds of adverse media publicity, has remanded Mr Redmond on continuing bail pending the decision on a trial date.

Mr Redmond (aged 81) has pleaded not guilty to receiving Ir£10,000 on a date between June 1, 1985 and June 1, 1986 as an inducement or reward for doing or forebearing to do anything in respect of a compulsory purchase order by Dublin City Council on 167 acres of land situated at Bussardstown and Coolmine.

Mr Brendan Grehan SC (with Mr Aongus Buttanshsaw BL), for Mr Redmond, told Judge Matthews in the six-day hearing on the application that there had been no diminution in publicity surrounding the former Assistant Dublin City and County Manager in recent years.

The defence argued that there would be an "unavoidable risk of unfairness" because a jury would be privy to and influenced by information which would not be admissible in Mr Redmond’s criminal trial and that Judge Matthews, as the trial judge, would be unable to effectively direct a jury to leave that information from their minds.

Mr Patrick J McCarthy SC (with Mr Patrick McGrath BL), for the prosecution, accepted that there had been very significant adverse publicity surrounding Mr Redomond but argued that a jury could be directed on the matter.

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