Its all Happening in Granard. Unlike the Times of Collins and Kitty Kiernan; this is much Darker and Sinister. Child Porn, Revenue Debts, Greed and Bullying, all in Granard, Co Longford. Never a nice place, too much Inbreeding, one local Farmer said??

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Intimidation case man is charged with having child abuse material

18th September 2021


A man alleged to have been involved in a campaign of intimidation aimed at halting land sales has been charged with possessing and distributing child sex abuse material.

Farmer Seamus Kane (51) appeared in court on July 16, but the charges can only now be reported on after a judge lifted restrictions.

At Longford District Court yesterday, Judge Bernadette Owens rejected an application from Mr Kane’s solicitor for the restrictions to remain.

Mr Kane, of Ardnagullion, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, is charged with nine counts of knowingly distributing child sexual abuse material, contrary to Section 5 (1) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 on dates in September and October 2018.

He faces two further counts of knowingly possessing child sexual abuse material, contrary to Section 6 (1) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 in June 2020.

A garda told the court a video depicting two children was involved. It is unclear yet how Mr Kane will plead.

Gardaí have received directions from the DPP to proceed with the case in the district court if there is a guilty plea.

A summary conviction in that court carries a fine of up to €1,900 or up to a year in prison. A conviction following a trial on indictment in the circuit court would carry a jail term of up to 14 years.

In recent years, Mr Kane has featured prominently in High Court proceedings taken by a Revenue-appointed receiver over an alleged campaign of intimidation. Receiver Myles Kirby alleged the campaign was aimed at interfering in the sale of properties once controlled by Mr Kane’s brother, car dealer John Alex Kane (47).

The properties were being sold to satisfy a €4.9m judgment the Revenue obtained against John Alex Kane for non-payment of tax on car sales. The brothers deny the receiver’s claims, but Seamus Kane has twice been jailed for contempt for breaching court orders and undertakings not to interfere in the receiver’s work.

When Seamus Kane was charged in July, his solicitor, Brid Mimnagh, applied for reporting restrictions until such time as she could receive disclosure of the evidence.

The application was opposed by gardaí but granted by Judge Owens, who said she would revisit the issue after disclosure had been made.

The judge warned that the only basis for restricting publication of the accused’s identity would be in circumstances where not doing so could lead to the identification of alleged victims.

When the matter returned to the court yesterday, Ms Mimnagh said she had viewed the material at Granard garda station. She applied for reporting restrictions to continue, saying gardaí had put forward no evidence to show there was no connection between her client and the “two young people”.

The application was opposed by gardaí, who said the children were not identifiable.

“I can see no reason why there should be a restriction,” Judge Owens said.

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