Thomas Rooney

(Pictured: Thomas Rooney. Photo: Collins)

A “coward” who used his care worker partner to transport hundreds of thousands of Euro in cash for an international criminal organisation has been jailed for six years by the Special Criminal Court.

Thomas Rooney (52) of Betaghstown, Bettystown, Co Meath was today described by Mr Justice Tony Hunt at the three-judge, non-jury court as a “mid-to-high level member of a serious international criminal organisation”. He said Rooney was trusted by the gang to transport large sums of cash, including a Nike sports bag that contained €289,770.

In May of last year, Rooney’s then partner Catherine Dawson ….read more

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'No reason' why ban on naming Kevin Lunney attacker should remain, State tells court

Court of Appeal

It would be in “everyone’s interests” if an order preserving the anonymity of the man known as YZ – who was jailed for 30 years for kidnapping and torturing Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney – was lifted “sooner rather than later”, the State told the Court of Appeal today.

“YZ” inflicted most of Mr Lunney’s serious injuries, including knife wounds to his face and torso, after he was abducted from his home in Co Fermanagh on September 17, 2019, but had his identity anonymised because he had been due to face charges in a separate court when ….read more

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'My family has abandoned me,' abuse survivor tells court

Central Criminal Court

A “monster” who “preyed” on his little sister, sexually abusing and raping her up to six times per week when they were young, has been jailed for nine years.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the abuse was accompanied by violence and threats; with the victim’s brother telling her that if she disclosed the abuse, their family would be broken up and destroyed.

In her victim impact statement, the woman said that when she eventually told her parents what had happened to her as a child, they believed her but did not offer any support. Her father was mostly worried about people ….read more

Douglas Glynn

Tracker device planted in foiled Kinahan Cartel plot to murder rival Hutch member

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Douglas Glynn. Photo: Collins)

A gang member who was involved in a foiled Kinahan Cartel plot to murder James ‘Mago’ Gately travelled to the North to place a tracker device on the rival Hutch member’s car, the Special Criminal Court was told today.

Last November at the non-jury court, Douglas Glynn changed his plea to guilty just over a week after he went on trial and admitted placing a tracker device on Gately’s car.

Gately had been warned by gardaí of a threat to his life from criminals who believed him to be involved in the Regency Hotel murder of Kinahan ….read more

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Row over flood relief scheme won't recede until after Easter

High Court

A High Court action over a controversial midlands flood relief scheme will not be heard until after Easter.

The Friends of the Irish Environment group have brought proceedings against Roscommon County Council’s plans to construct a 3km pipeline designed to take water from Lough Funshinagh, a seasonal lake 12km from Athlone, to nearby Lough Ree.

The council says it is carrying out these works to help alleviate severe flooding, which it claims threatens the homes of people living close to Lough Funshinagh, which is a designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Last month, FIE secured permission to bring judicial review proceedings aimed ….read more

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