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Gardai have charged a man over the death of journalist Eugene Moloney in Dublin

Gardai have charged a man over the death of journalist Eugene Moloney in Dublin

Gardai have charged a man over the death of journalist Eugene Moloney in Dublin

A trainee mechanic has been charged with the manslaughter of journalist Eugene Moloney.

Gary Burch, 21, of Kennington Close in Templeogue, south Dublin, was charged with killing the popular reporter at the weekend.

Mr Moloney, who worked for The Irish News, Irish Independent and more recently the Irish Daily Mail, died on Sunday after being attacked while walking home from a night out in Dublin city centre.

He was punched once on the head as he walked past a group on Camden Street outside Devitt's pub.

Mr Moloney, who was raised in Northern Ireland, was only a short distance from his home in the Portobello area of the south inner city when he was attacked.

Dublin District Court was told Burch made no reply when the charge was put to him at Kevin Street Garda Station.

Judge Victor Blake remanded him in custody until Monday July 2 when he will appear in court again.

Mr Moloney, 55, was found with serious injuries on the corner of Camden Street and Pleasants Street at about 4.30am on Sunday morning.

He was treated at the scene and taken to St James's Hospital where he later died.

A second man arrested in connection with Mr Moloney's death was released without charge on Monday night and a file is being prepared for the director of public prosecutions.

PA