Feud case adjourned for “further investigations”

Members of two families have been ordered not to engage in feuding after they appeared before Mullingar District Court yesterday (Thursday ).

Inspector Kieran Keyes asked for strict bail conditions for six male members of the Myers and Joyce families who have been charged arising out of an incident in the middle of Mullingar last weekend.

At his request, they were ordered not to engage in feuding or unlawful behaviour with members of the opposing family. They were also warned not gather in groups of more than two.

Prosecuting garda Gareth O’Brien also objected to legal aid in the case of Edward Myers (46 ), 48 Grange Crescent and requested that he provide a statement of means. Judge Eamon O’Brien then deferred the issue of legal aid until the six men and one woman appear before Mullingar District Court again on October 7.

Inspector Keyes requested the adjournment to October so that “further investigations” can be carried out.

Those before the court were John Joyce (43 ), 13 Fairgreen, Mullingar; Patrick Joyce (29 ), 157 Raithin, Ashe Road; Johnny (44 ) and John Myers (22 ), 1 Grange Crescent; and Edward Myers (46 ), 48 Grange Crescent . All are charged with threatening, abusive behaviour under the Public Order Act.

Patrick Myers (26 ), 50 Farran, Ashe Road is charged with criminally damaging the rear wall of a house belonging to Kathleen McDonagh, 22 Grange Meadows on the same day.

Margaret Joyce, the only woman due before the court, was not present when her case was called in the morning.

The 45-year-old, who has an address at 227 Greenpark Meadows in Mullingar, is charged in connection with a feud-related incident on July 17, where she is alleged to have behaved in a threatening, abusive way at Ardleigh Crescent.

She is also charged under the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act with possession of a can of pepper spray “made for causing injury to a person”.

The Myers and Joyce families have been involved in a Traveller mediation programme since June of this year.

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