A son of Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has been accused of theft for failing to pay for a €417 meal at a Dublin restaurant.
Hurricane Ó Snodaigh, 24, and others allegedly ordered the food and drinks at a coffee bar in town without having the means to pay.
The case against him has been adjourned in Dublin District Court to allow the accused to decide how to proceed.
Lorcan Ó Snodaigh, with an address at Naas Road, Bluebell, Dublin, is charged under the Theft and Fraud Offenses Act with stealing goods and services without pay.
The court heard the incident reportedly took place on June 27 at the Jervis Street church.
Garda Sergeant Tony Flanagan told Judge Bryan Smyth that the chief prosecutor agreed that the case would go to circuit court pending jurisdictional consideration.
Outlining the prosecutor’s case, he said the accused and others allegedly ordered food and drinks worth €417. It was later revealed that Lorcan Ó Snodaigh did not have the means to pay, sources said.
Judge Smyth accepted jurisdiction to keep the case in the circuit court after hearing the outlines of the allegations. Sgt. Flanagan said a written summary of the evidence was available and could be presented to the defense.
The judge adjourned the case to a date in September when the defendant could consider a plea. Free legal aid was granted at the request of defense attorney Matthew De Courcy, who said Mr Ó Snodaigh was working but below the income threshold.
Mr Ó Snodaigh did not have to address the court during the brief hearing.
His father, Aengus O Snodaigh, a Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South-Central constituency, is party spokesman for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
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