Special Criminal Court

A murder plot accused has been granted a new trial date after he complained about having the original date set for two months after he was returned to the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Dean Howe (34) told the Special Criminal Court in August that he was unhappy at being sent forward for trial on October 7th, saying: “I’m now being told to prepare for trial in two months which I could get ten years for, don’t know how that is feasible.”

Last May at Dublin District Court Dean Howe, with an address at Oakfield Place, Dublin 8, was charged with conspiring with ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Further charge for man facing trial in connection with dissident republican murder

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man facing trial in connection with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly has been further charged at an out-of-term sitting of the Special Criminal Court this morning (Tuesday).

Mr Butterly, a 35-year-old father of two, was shot dead on March 6, 2013 outside The Huntsman Inn in Gormanston, Co Meath.

Ray Kennedy (39), with an address at Whitestown Drive, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 was charged today with carrying out an act intending to pervert the course of justice by destroying a mobile telephone SIM card, which was in his possession on March 6, 2013 in the State.

In September 2017, Mr ….read more

Tony Hunt

"Full use" to be made of second Special Criminal Court until removed by legislation: judge

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

A senior judge has said that the second Special Criminal court will be made “full use of” until it is removed by legislation, following weekend reports of its suspension amid falling case numbers.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt made the remarks today in the course of a bail hearing. He said that newspaper reports at the weekend, which suggested the second Special Criminal Court would be suspended, was “news” to all of the judges in the non-jury court.

“As far as we are concerned, unless and until Court 2 is removed by legislation, we ….read more


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Full coverage resumes when the higher courts return for Michaelmas term, beginning October 7th.

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Pair charged with IRA membership over Belfast bomb

Special Criminal Court

Two Dublin men have appeared before an out-of-term sitting of the non-jury Special Criminal Court this evening charged with IRA membership.

Paul Casey (49) and Robert O’Leary (41) were both arrested in Dublin on Tuesday morning by members of the Special Detective Unit (SDU) as part of a cross-border investigation in connection with the discovery of a car bomb under a police officer’s car in Belfast in June.

Mr Casey, of Carton Court, Ballymun, Dublin 11 and Mr O’Leary with an address at Clancy Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 are both charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican ….read more

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