Man accused of falsely imprisoning Kevin Lunney fails in attempt to have charges dismissed

A Dublin man accused of falsely imprisoning and assaulting Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) director Kevin Lunney has failed in a bid to have the charges against him dismissed.

Alan O’Brien (39), with an address at Shelmalier Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, is charged with false imprisonment and assault causing serious harm to Mr Lunney at Drumbrade, Ballinagh, Co Cavan on September 17, 2019.

Mr O’Brien had applied to the non-jury court to dismiss the two charges.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey, presiding, sitting with Judge Martin Nolan and Judge Gerard Griffin, said having carefully considered all the evidence, the non-jury court was satisfied that there was a sufficient case to put Mr O’Brien on trial for the offences.

He was remanded in custody until January 11 2021, when his trial is expected to take place alongside his three other co-accused ; Luke O’Reilly (66), from Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan; Darren Redmond (25), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 and another man who cannot be named for legal reasons. They are also accused of the same offences.