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Local mother accused of gun possession avoids homelessness after court decision

Feb 9, 2022 12:02 By Shannonside News
Local mother accused of gun possession avoids homelessness after court decision Local mother accused of gun possession avoids homelessness after court decision
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According to the accused, the apartment is the first accommodation she's been able to secure in the last 6 months.

A Longford woman who claimed her bail restrictions would result in her and her daughter becoming homeless, has been allowed to change her address

Caroline O'Donoghue formerly of Cluain Na Sibhe, Killashee and another woman pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shot gun outside of the town in 2019.

At a recent sitting of Longford Circuit Court, Ms O'Donoghue informed Judge Keenan Johnson that her rented accommodation in Killashee has been sold and she must vacate the premises immediately.

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According to the accused, a lack of rental properties in the county was resulting in her facing homelessness along with her 11 daughter.

On Addressing the court last week, Ms O'Donoghue claimed to have secured new accommodation at Cuirt an Oirr on the Athlone Road.

Gardaí highlighted concerns over anti-social behaviour, criminal activity and the sale and use of drugs at the complex in question.

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Judge Johnson postponed his decision for a week to allow Gardaí to further examine the situation.

At yesterday's sitting of Circuit Criminal Court in Tullamore, She was granted leave to move to the new apartment with several restrictions imposed.

Ms O'Donoghue must abide by a curfew from 10am to 8am, must sign on with Gardaí three times a week and not to associate with her co-accused.

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She'll return before the court to be sentenced over the firearms charge in October.

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