Clondalkin man granted bail in drugs case

A 28-year-old man arrested last Friday during a raid on a house in Clondalkin has been remanded in custody with consent to bail at the Dublin District Court sitting in Cloverhill.

A 28-year-old man arrested last Friday during a raid on a house in Clondalkin has been remanded in custody with consent to bail at the Dublin District Court sitting in Cloverhill.

Keith Ennis of Oakway, Clondalkin, was found in possession of a quantity of cocaine valued at approximately €2,000, and a Glock semi automatic 9mm pistol.

Garda Eric Kelly of the drugs unit of Pearse Street told Judge Anne Watkin that a file has been sent to the DPP in relation to it.

In a follow up operation, gardaí raided a premises in Walkinstown where more firearms were found, along with a drugs processing plant.

Garda Kelly was about to talk further on this when Judge Watkin intervened asking him: “Is Mr Ennis charged in relation to that?”. Garda Kelly replied: “No”.

Judge Watkin told the court that she could only deal with the matters before it, and not any other matter, saying: “Mr Ennis is not charged with anything else, and I am not concerned with anything else.”

Mr Ennis’s barrister Tom Flanagan told the judge, that he (Mr Ennis) sold a business around this time last year, has not been working since (but intended to open a trucking business in January), is paying a mortgage since August 2006, that his partner is three months pregnant, and has a son from a previous relationship.

Judge Watkin said: “These are very serious charges, but I have no option to grant bail in this case”

Judge Watkin, in allowing bail, set certain conditions. She said that he must sign on twice daily at Clondalkin Garda Station between the hours of 9am and 10am, and 6pm and 7pm.

He must also observe a curfew from 10pm until 8am, reside at the place where he was arrested in Oakway, Clondalkin, that he surrender his passport to gardaí and not seek any replacement documents from the state, that he lodge €10,000 as his own bail, and an independent surety of €10,000 bail is lodged, of which half will secure his freedom.

Gardaí require 48 hours notice to verify the legitimacy of any funds presented.

The matter will come back before the court on the November 15.

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