Man remanded on bail in €1m cannabis charge

A Clare man was brought before Cork District Court today to face charges of having over €1m worth of cannabis resin in Cork on Wednesday.

A Clare man was brought before Cork District Court today to face charges of having over €1m worth of cannabis resin in Cork on Wednesday.

Niall Guilfoyle of 6 Tullyglass Crescent, Shannon, County Clare, was brought before the court today afternoon and charged with being in possession of cannabis resin and having the illegal drugs for the purpose of selling or otherwise supplying to others on Wednesday.

Detective Garda Eileen Foster of the drugs squad in Cork arrested Guilfoyle at 5 p.m. on March 22 at the Glanmire by-pass and she testified yesterday that he was detained under Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act.

He was charged on two counts yesterday and when he was cautioned that he did not have to say anything but that whatever he might say would be taken down and given in evidence, he made no reply.

Eamon Moloney, solicitor, applied for free legal on behalf of Donal Daly solicitor. He said Guilfoyle was earning €400 per week with the DHL freight company.

Inspector John Quilter said, in relation to the application for free legal aid, that the amount of drugs allegedly involved had a street value of over €1m.

The judge granted free legal aid. There was no State objection the defendant being remanded on bail.

However, because of the seriousness of the case they wanted two independent sureties of €5,000 each to be approved by the court, and they wanted cash lodgments in those amounts.

Judge Uinsin MacGruairc remanded the accused in custody with consent to bail in his own bond of €500 and two independent sureties of €5,000.

Other conditions of bail require Guilfoyle to sign every day at Shannon Garda Station, surrender his passport and give an undertaking to remain within the jurisdiction.

“Are you making that promise?” Judge MacGruairc asked. Guilfoyle replied, “Yes.”

The defendant was then remanded in custody with consent to bail in those terms until Monday, March 27, at Cork District Court.

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