Gangland World is one, Dangerous place, to be, Shot, while Signing, Bail Conditions?

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Two brothers have bail conditions changed after one was ‘shot at’ while signing on at garda station

 • Yesterday 16:15

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TWO brothers charged with violent disorder have had their bail conditions varied after one was “shot at” while signing on at a garda station.

Finglas man Glen Ward (29) and his younger sibling Eric O’Driscoll (21) are currently before the courts over the incident earlier this year during which a large group allegedly produced knives and pitchforks.

The pair appeared before Blanchardstown District Court previously charged with violent disorder on August 9 in Finglas and were granted bail.

A lawyer for the brothers asked for the bail conditions not to be read out in open court.

This morning, an application was brought on behalf of the pair to have their conditions varied.

The court was told that Eric O’Driscoll was “shot at” last week while on his way to sign on at a garda station.

His solicitor submitted that the people involved knew he was signing on and that there is an “imminent threat” to his client’s safety.

Mr O’Driscoll’s lawyer asked that the sign on condition be removed as part of the bail conditions.

A similar application was brought on behalf of his older brother Glen Ward.

The court was told that the were no garda objections and the application was granted.

Neither accused was present in court for the brief hearing and they were previously remanded on continuing bail to a date next year for DPP’s directions on the charges.

At an earlier court hearing, Garda Kieran Moloney said that gardaí received numerous reports of a group of men with knives and pitchforks at the junction of Cardiffsbridge Road and Deanstown Green.

There was “even mention of a firearm”, the garda alleged.

The court had heard that gardaí went to the scene, and the large gathering began to disperse.

Gda Moloney said officers viewed CCTV footage, and a number of men were arrested and charged.

In his objection to bail Gda Moloney said gardaí had “major concerns as to what’s happening” in the area.

Legal aid was previously granted to the brothers after a court heard they were unemployed.

So far, five men have appeared in court charged in relation to the incident.

All five men are on bail on the charges. As part of their bail conditions, they have been ordered not to associate with each other and not to loiter around Cardiffsbridge Road in Finglas.

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