A Garda and a taxi driver, who admitted forging taxi and hackney licence applications and accepting bribes, have been remanded in custody for sentencing next Monday. Both pleaded guilty to four charges of corruption and forgery. The 41-year-old Garda, Oliver O'Connor, of Castleknock Way, in Dublin, admitted forging licence applications, issuing PSV licences and certificates of roadworthiness for cars that weren't tested. O'Connor pleaded guilty to a further two charges of accepting bribes of £400 and £260.
68-year-old Pius Knowles, of Rathdown Square, in Dublin, also admitted having 14 licences in his home the day the Gardaí raided it. The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told that Knowles channelled the licence applications to O' Connor and that they split the £200 they were paid per application. Knowles pleaded guilty to two charges of forgery and also two charges of offering bribes to O'Connor. Judge Frank O'Donnell said public confidence in the people who run the state has been seriously undermined, and this type of activity highlighted that.