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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Golfgate dinner court case adjourned until October

The golfgate dinner court case has been adjourned until October 28th. The court case is in relation to the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner which took place last August while Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions were in place.

At the time of the event, no more than 50 people were allowed to attend indoor events, however, this event had approximatley 80 people in attendance.

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Those who attended the event, which took place at the Station House Hotel in Clifden, included Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe, EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and then Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary as well as many politicians, businesses people and individuals in the media.

The current case is against two prominent politicians and two hoteliers over their alleged role in organising the event.

Independent TD Noel Grealish and former Fianna Fáil senator Donie Cassidy were summoned before Clifden District Court along with Station House Hotel owner John Sweeney and his son James, who is the general manager of the hotel.

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All four faced a similar summons that on the 19th of August 2020, they organised an event that contravened a penal provision of a regulation made under Section 31A (1) of the Health Act 1947 as amended to prevent, limit, minimise or slow the spread of Covid-19.

The offence is punishable by a fine of up to €2,500 and/or a six-month prison sentence.

Acting on behalf of Mr Cassidy and Mr Grealish’s solicitor, JJ Mannion requested a disclosure order for statements in relation to his clients.

Barrister John Berry stated that there was no difficulty with the disclosure orders and suggested an adjournment to the September sitting.

Judge Marie Keane was informed by Solicitor JJ Mannion that the September sitting is usually very busy and that the case should be adjourned until October.

Judge Marie Keane adjourned the matter to October 28th for mention only and to fix a hearing date.

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