Four family members will stand trial on €250,000 money laundering charges


MARRIED couple and husband’s parents charged with money laundering offenses involving sums in excess of €250,000 have been sent to trial.

atrick McDonald (32), his wife Martina McDonald (30), his father Michael McDonald (51) and his mother Margaret McDonald (51) have been arrested following a three-year investigation by detectives .

They appeared in Blanchardstown District Court for money laundering offences.

It is alleged that they operated bank accounts in An Post and Allied Irish Bank which were used to conceal the proceeds of crime.

Garda detective Gary Farrell said the amounts relate to around €220,000 in bank accounts and around €110,000 which was seized from a safe deposit box.

A state attorney said the book of evidence has been served on the defendant, who is going to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Defense barrister Conor Ruane said Patrick and Martina McDonald, of Allendale Grove in Clonsilla, were on the verge of becoming homeless and that Mr McDonald had a job opportunity in the UK.

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Michael McDonald, The Mall, Ongar Square, Ongar, Dublin 15, Money Laundering

Michael McDonald, The Mall, Ongar Square, Ongar, Dublin 15, Money Laundering

He asked the judge to change Martina McDonald’s weekly registration requirements so that she could travel to the UK with her husband.

Gda Farrell objected, citing the seriousness of the charges.

Judge David McHugh refused to change the bond.

As part of their bail conditions, Michael and Margaret McDonald must login once a week.

The accused has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

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