Former Co Kildare Mayor gets search warrant he signed for Newbridge apartment dismissed by Judge today

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Former Co Kildare Mayor gets search warrant he signed for Newbridge apartment dismissed by Judge today
18:15 Thursday 20th of April 2017

A Judge this evening in Naas is just after refusing former Mayor and current Peace Commissioner approval for a search warrant of a house in Newbridge, where cannabis is alleged to have been found.

Charges of obstruction came against a Polish national with an address at an apartment on Eyre St.

In court Detective Garda Séamus Doyle outlined how he was granted a search warrant from Micheál(Spike) Nolan, Newbridge based Peace Commissioner and former Fine Gael Cllr.

However, Defence Solicitor Matt Byrne objected to the search warrant being granted.

When the Peace Commissioner, Mr Nolan, came under questioning by the Judge David Waters, he outlined that he was aware of the apartment and that the Detective had outlined suspicions of people 'coming and going' there and that cannabis was suspected there.

Judge Waters asked the Peace Commissioner in order to sign a warrant, what is needed to fulfill satisfaction.

Mr Nolan outlined that he has the information exactly on what criteria needs to be filled, 'at home' and read it in 2012, when he became Peace Commissioner.

He told the court that he has sanctioned 10 to 12 search warrants within the past year.

Judge Waters concluded that Mr Nolan did not 'come close' to giving the court reasons for his satisfaction in signing for a search warrant.

The case was dismissed.

A Peace Commissioner is an honorary appointment made in Ireland by the Minister for Justice and Equality. The powers and duties of Peace Commissioners consist primarily of:

  • Taking statutory declarations
  • Witnessing signatures on documents of required by various authorities
  • Signing certificates and orders under various Acts

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