Garda interviews challenge in counterfeit trial

The trial of four men accused of having equipment for printing counterfeit currency has heard legal argument on the admissibility of certain interviews held with one of the men during his detention at Tullamore garda station.

The trial of four men accused of having equipment for printing counterfeit currency has heard legal argument on the admissibility of certain interviews held with one of the men during his detention at Tullamore garda station.

The evidence was heard during the eighth day of the trial of Anthony Sloan (57), a native of Belfast with an address at Ard na Mara, Dundalk, Co Louth and his co-accused Liam Delaney (41), with addresses at Mountrath and Borris-in-Ossory, Kevin Flanagan (43), of Borris-in-Ossory and Andrew Poole (43), of Portlaoise.

The men have all pleaded not guilty to possession of equipment, including printers and cutting machines, to manufacture counterfeit currency in an underground bunker at Ballybrophy, Borris-in-Ossory on May 31, 2010.

The court heard this morning heard from a number of gardai involved in the arrest and the detention of Mr Flanagan and Mr Poole at Tullamore garda station, and heard evidence of the photographing and fingerprinting of the accused men as well as the procurement of a buccal swab from Mr Flanagan for DNA testing.

After a challenge by counsel for Mr Flanagan, Mr Fergal Kavanagh SC, the trial entered a voir dire - a trial within a trial - to determine the admissibility of certain interviews conducted between gardai and Mr Flanagan.

Evidence in the matter will continue to be heard today in front Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler.

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