A former head of finance at the country's largest hospice is to face trial on a charge of deception arising out of an alleged loss making sale of a property by the hospice.

Denis Maguire, 64, the former head of finance at Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross in Dublin and a co-defendant, 56-year-old Michael Egan, a businessman from Knockanillaun, Ballina, Co Mayo, are charged with dishonestly inducing Our Lady's Hospice to sell a property at a loss.

The offence is alleged to have occurred in March 2015 and is contrary to section 6 of the 2001 Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act.

Judge Paula Murphy noted the Director of Public Prosecutions directed "trial on indictment" when they appeared at Dublin District Court today.

Detective Garda Marcus Reidy, attached to Sundrive Road Station, served them with books of evidence.

It is reported that there was no objection to bail.

Mr Maguire, with an address at Ballybrack Road, Glencullen, Dublin, had to give an undertaking in court during an application for a one-week relaxation of his bail terms to allow him to take a holiday in the last week of May.

The judge was told gardaí had been notified and had consented.

The court heard his additional bail conditions required him to sign on regularly at Stepaside Garda Station and not apply for other travel documentation.

Mr Egan was warned he must sign on three days a week at Ballina Garda Station.

Furthermore, he has to notify gardaí in the event of an address change, have no contact with prosecution witnesses, surrender his passport, not leave the jurisdiction and remain contactable by mobile phone.

The judge also told him to keep the phone "switched on and charged at all times".

Judge Murphy told them they were being sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where the case will be listed on 2 June.

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