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Thursday, September 18, 2008

O' Dea evidence delayed due to fire alarm

A court case at Limerick district court in which Minister for Defence Willie O' Dea was due to take the stand was disrupted and delayed today by a fire alarm.

O' Dea is among a number of witnesses due to give evidence in the case of Matt Larkin who is accused of giving a false statement to Gardai in relation to an incident at the Bank Bar last year.

35 year old Mr. Larkin of Altimira Court, Thomondgate told Gardai that he was punched "three or four times" by Willie O' Dea in an altercation at the public house on the 27th of September 2007.

Det Sgt McHugh told the court today that he took the statement from Mr Larkin with these allegations in October of 2007 however when McHugh re interviewed Larkin in January of this year putting it to him that the incident never happened, Larkin replied “That statement is true”.
The case is continuing this evening.

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