Two in court in connection with failed jewellery raid

Two men were charged in court today over a botched attempted armed robbery of a jewellery shop on Dawson Street, in Dublin city centre last Friday.

Two men were charged in court today over a botched attempted armed robbery of a jewellery shop on Dawson Street, in Dublin city centre last Friday.

Three males entered the Dawson Jewellers and were confronted by members of staff and the public.

Gardaí responded and arrested two men, one in his 20s and another in his 40s. Both men, who are from Dublin’s north inner city, were arrested and detained in Pearse St garda station under Sec 30 Offences Against the State Act.

This morning, Clive Kavanagh (aged 41) of Portland Row and Michael Martin (aged 25) of Oriel Street, were charged at Dublin District Court in connection with the incident.

Both faced charges of robbery of €100,000 worth of jewellery from Ken McDonagh, the shop owner, and possessing a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

Garda Eugene McCarthy of Pearse St station told Judge Ann Ryan that both defendants were charged yesterday and neither accused made a reply when cautioned.

Legal aid was granted after the court was told that Mr Kavanagh was in receipt of a disability allowance and Mr Martin was on social welfare.

The case has been put back until later this afternoon when the issue of bail is to be dealt with.

The third male, who is in his 30s, was injured when he was tackled by the shop owner Ken McDonagh. He required hospital treatment and was taken to St James' Hospital.

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