Man charged with gun threat to garda released on bail

A car salesman under arrest by detectives probing a threat to gardai with a firearm as they broke up a row outside a rural pub has been put on bail of €25,000.

John Moran appeared at Donegal District Court today charged with possession of a gun and ammunition at Gleneely, near Carndonagh on Monday.

He was accused of illegally having a chambered cylinder revolver and three rounds of .22 ammunition.

The court heard that there was an altercation between locals and a number of people from Northern Ireland in the Orchard Bar, Gleneely.

52 year old John Moran, who owns his own business, said that although he lives in Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland, he has a family holiday home at Carndonagh where many relatives live.

He rejected a prosecution claim that he should be remanded in custody pending his trial.

Det Inspector Kevin English told the court that he objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges and the likelihood additional charges would be made.

In addition Moran lived outside the jurisdiction.

The charge before the court could carry a 14-year term.

Moran, who said he did not admit what happened earlier in the week, told the judge the episode stemmed back to a year ago when he gave evidence for the prosecution in a Donegal court.

Judge Kevin Kilrane fixed bail at €15,000 cash to be put up by Moran and an independent surety of €10,000 and remanded the case to Buncrana District Court tomorrow