Two men granted bail by High Court in Tom Niland case

Two men charged with the aggravated burglary at the home of Tom Niland have had their bail set at €11,500, the Irish Times reports.

The 73 year old farmer remains on life support after sustaining serious injuries during the incident at his home in Doonflynn, Skreen, Co. Sligo on the 18th of January.

Gardaí charged John Clarke, 33, of Carrowkelly, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Francis Harmon, 54, Nephin Court, Killala Road, Ballina and John Irving, 28, of Shanwar, Foxford, Co Mayo, with aggravated burglary in connection with the incident.

All three were remanded in custody on March 10th and two weeks later, at Sligo District Court, Mr Irving and Mr Clarke were refused bail by Judge Alan Mitchell.

A new bail application was brought to the High Court before Mr Justice David Keane last week where the State objected due to the seriousness of the case and flight risk fears.

He set bail in bonds of €1,500, with €500 to be lodged in each case and also they needed independent sureties in the sum of €10,000.

The two men appeared via a video link to Castlerea Prison but did not address the court.

Mr Justice Keane ordered them to provide gardaí with mobile phone numbers and remain contactable 24/7, sign on daily at a Garda station, obey 8 pm to 8 am curfews, surrender passports and travel documents and not apply for new ones.