No bail for 18-year-old charged in connection with Garda shooting during Ballymun house search

An 18-year-old Dublin youth charged with firearms offences following a shooting incident in which a garda was injured has been refused bail.

A member of the Garda Emergency Response Unit received a gunshot wound to his forearm and a youth was also injured following an exchange of fire during a raid at a house on December 7 last at Barnwell Drive in Ballymun in north Dublin.

Shane Fay, 18, from Belclare Park, Ballymun, was refused bail when he appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court this afternoon.

He faces two charges under the Firearms Act for unlawful possession of a Davidson semi-automatic pistol and four rounds of ammunition at a house at Barnwell Drive on December 7 last.

Garda Stephen Enright told the district court that Mr Fay was arrested last Friday at 10.39am at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown. He was taken to Ballymun Garda station and detained under the Offences Against the State Act.

He was released from the provisions of his detention this afternoon at 12.50pm and charged two minutes later after which he made no reply.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said his client was seeking bail.

Gardaí at the scene of the incident last Thursday.

Garda Enright objected citing the seriousness of the incident.

He told the court that gardaí were conducting a planned search at the house on Barnwell Drive. It was alleged the accused had the semi-automatic pistol and four rounds of ammunition.

He agreed with Mr Fleming that Mr Fay had no other charges pending.

The defence solicitor said the accused’s parents were profoundly disabled and Mr Fay was involved in their care on a daily basis which was accepted by Garda Enright.

He also agreed that Mr Fay had siblings living in this jurisdiction and he was on social welfare.

Mr Fleming told the judge his client was prepared to abide by bail terms which could deal with the Garda’s concerns.

However, Judge Michael Walsh refused bail and remanded Mr Fay in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday for directions from the Director of Public Prosecution to be obtained.

Mr Fay, who was wearing a blue jacket, navy tracksuit bottoms and blue runners, did not address the court and has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Legal aid was granted.


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