Man granted bail after alleged racist abuse on Limerick local election canvassers

Aaron Daly appeared before the Limerick District Court.

A MAN was granted bail today (Monday) after he was charged in connection with an alleged racist verbal attack on canvassers for a Fianna Fáil local election candidate in Limerick City.

Aaron Daly (37), with an address at Blackthorn Drive, Caherdavin, Limerick City, appeared before Limerick District Court charged with two counts of using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, contrary to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public order) Act 1994.

With Garda consent, Judge Patricia Harney granted Mr Daly bail on a number of strict conditions.

Judge Harney said these conditions include that Mr Daly have no contact whatsoever, including via social media, with Fianna Fáil local election candidate in City North, Suzzie O’Deniyi, as well as members of her campaign team.

The judge added that, as part of his bail terms, Mr Daly must “not use any derogatory, insulting, abusive, or racist language to any person”.

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Mr Daly was ordered to stay out of the City Hall/Merchant’s Quay area of Limerick City; obey a nightly curfew; sign on at Henry Street Garda Station every Friday; be available to Gardaí on a 24/7 basis via a fully charged and in-credit mobile phone number; and he must notify Gardaí of any change in his address.

Judge Harney told Mr Daly that if he failed to answer the phone to Gardaí, it would be seen by the court as a breach of his bail terms and he would be remanded into custody.

Mr Daly’s solicitor, Andrew D’Arcy, of Andrew D’Arcy & Co Solicitors, said the accused “has a history of working, is not currently working, but he intends on returning to work”.

Mr D’Arcy was granted an application to receive full disclosure of evidence from the State.

Garda Eoin Kelly, Community Policing Unit, Mayorstone Garda Station, gave evidence of arresting and charging Mr Daly at the Garda station on May 19.

Garda Kelly told the court that Mr Daly “made no reply” to the two charges.

Prosecuting Sergeant, Aishling O’Neill, of Roxboro Road Garda Station, said that further charges may be brought against Mr Daly as part of the prosecution.

Judge Patricia Harney remanded Mr Daly on bail to appear before Limerick District Court, for a plea or a date for hearing, on September 6.