Garland granted bail at High Court

Friday 13 February 2009 19.40
Sean Garland - To sign on at garda station every day
Sean Garland - To sign on at garda station every day

Former Workers' Party President Sean Garland, who is wanted in the US over an alleged counterfeiting operation, has been granted bail of €100,000 ahead of his extradition hearing.

Mr Garland, who previously skipped bail in Northern Ireland, was told his family home was at risk if he tried to abscond again.

Judge John McMenamin ordered the 74-year-old to surrender the title deeds to his house in Brownstown, Ratoath, Co Meath, where he has lived with his wife and daughter for 20 years.

The veteran republican, who is being treated for cancer, a heart condition and diabetes, was also told to hand in his passport, carry a mobile phone at all times and sign-on every day at his local garda station.

He also agreed to surrender to gardaí if his extradition to the US is required.

'If Mr Garland absconds he will put the title deeds of his family home in grave peril,' said Judge McMenamin.

The bail was subject to three independent sureties of €25,000 as well as €25,000 from Mr Garland.

There is no date yet set for the extradition hearings, but it will be mentioned in the High Court next Wednesday.