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Northern Ireland man for trial over fatal Donegal crash

Shiva Devine died in the crash
Shiva Devine died in the crash
Conall McAleer died in the crash

By Gerry O'Laughlin

A Co Fermanagh man has appeared in court in the Republic, charged with dangerous driving resulting in the deaths of two young people from Northern Ireland and serious bodily harm to a third.

Joseph Gilroy (21), from Lisnaskea, is charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of Shiva Devine and Conall McAleer in a road crash at East End, Bundoran, Co Donegal, and causing serious bodily harm to Rachel Elliott on August 19 last year.

Shiva Devine, a mother-of-one from Belleek, Co Fermanagh, who was in her early 20s, died along with Conall McAleer of Ederney, Co Fermanagh, who was also in his early 20s, when the car in which they were travelling hit a wall in the early hours of last August 19 in the seaside town.

The defendant, who was accompanied in court by a member of his family, was dressed in a grey jumper and grey trousers.

The third alleged victim of the defendant's driving, Rachel Elliott, from Co Fermanagh, was also in court.

Sergeant Oliver Devenney told Donegal Town District court that evidence of arrest charge and caution was by schedules.

The sergeant told the court that the state was seeking directions from the DPP with a view to proceeding with the indictment.

The sergeant asked for the case to be put back to Ballyshannon District Court on June 21 for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Tom MacSharry said a sum of €500 was in court for bail.

Judge Kevin KIlrane remanded the defendant on bail on condition that he did not interfere with any of the families or witnesses who were involved in the case.

When Judge Kilrane asked whether there was any need for the defendant to have to surrender his passport, the sergeant said that the defendant had come from across the border by arrangement.

The case was adjourned to Ballyshannon District Court on June 21.

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