Man detained in Lordship Credit Union raid

Man detained in Lordship Credit Union raid

Dundalk District Court

A 33-year-old man accused of being involved in a robbery at the Lordship Credit Union – in which Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot, appeared in Dundalk District Court today (Thursday).

Sgt Noel Mohan testified this afternoon to the arrest of Brendan Treanor of Emer Terrace, Castletown Road, Dundalk at 9:43 a.m.

He added that the accused did not respond when the two charges were brought to him after a warning at Dundalk Garda station at 10:30 am.

Mr Treanor is accused of stealing € 7,000 in cash and matching checks from Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan on January 25, 2013, and of conspiring with others between September 11, 2012 and January 23, 2013 to enter in residential premises as an intruder with the intention of stealing the keys of household motor vehicles.

Inspector Darren Kirwan informed the court that there would be Garda’s objection to bail and added that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered the accused to be “returned for arraignment.”

However, the defense lawyer said his client would not apply for bail today: “We are looking to perfect a bond.”

He added that they intended to apply for bail at the next court date.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan has returned the 33-year-old from custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear again in Dundalk District Court next Wednesday.

The defense requested legal aid, but Inspector Kirwan said she would oppose the request because gardaí believes the accused may be a manager of a company and he alleged that social media posts showed that the accused owned property worth 100,000 €.

Justice McKiernan said a plea bargain is expected to be delivered to court at the next date.

An Armagh is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the robbery and capital murder of Detective Gda Adrian Donohoe, from Kilnaleck, County Cavan.

Aaron Brady (28) of New Road, Crossmaglen, was sentenced to life in prison in October 2020 for the capital murder of Kilnaleck native Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe during a raid on a credit union there is over seven years old.

Brady, who was convicted in August 2020, was also sentenced to 14 years for armed robbery.

He has since appealed his conviction.

Meanwhile, it is understood that another man was also arrested today in connection with the same theft. Asked for a response, a garda spokesperson said:

“An Garda Síochána is aware of an arrest by the National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom as of today following a European arrest warrant from the Irish authorities.

“An Garda Síochána cannot comment on cases brought before the courts of another jurisdiction.”

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