Some Fucking Plasterer, Plastered in Alleged Cash? Well the Courts, will Decide, Dignam Destiny?

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Part-time plasterer charged with having nearly €100k of crime proceeds • 6h ago

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A part-time plasterer has appeared in court charged with possessing nearly €100,000 in crime proceeds.

Edward Dignam (44), of Rathvilly Drive in Finglas, was arrested as part of a garda operation over the weekend.

The accused appeared before Blanchardstown district court this morning and was later released on bail.

He is charged with simple possession of cannabis, and possessing €94,400 of criminal proceeds at his home on Saturday, December 17.

The court heard he made no reply when the charges were put to him.

There was no garda objections to bail but gardai applied for conditions to be attached.

These include that Mr Dignam sign on three times a week at Finglas garda station, provide his phone number and passport to gardai, and reside at his home address.

An application for legal aid was also made by his solicitor Patrick McGarry.

He submitted that his client is a part-time plasterer earning around €400 a week and a father-of-two.

The prosecuting garda said Mr Dignam informed him that he earned up to €700 a week and stated that the accused was in possession of a large sum of money when arrested.

Judge David McHugh said the matter may go forward to a higher court which bolsters Mr Dignam’s success rate of being granted full legal aid.

The court was told there were no directions from the DPP at this stage and the accused will appear before the court again in April.

In a statement over the weekend gardai said they seized €94,400 in cash following a search operation in Finglas, Dublin 11 on Saturday evening.

The money was found during a search at a house by gardaí in Finglas attached to the Divisional Drugs Unit with assistance from a number of uniform units.

The cash was discovered in separate bundles throughout the property.

In addition to the cash, a small quantity of cannabis herb was also seized.

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