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(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

The jury in the trial of a Louth woman accused of murdering her boyfriend at her home has ceased their deliberations and will return to the Central Criminal Court on Monday to continue considering their verdict.

The panel of seven men and four women had spent two hours and 39 minutes considering their verdict today when Mr Justice Paul McDermott asked them to suspend their deliberations for the weekend and return to court on Monday morning.

However, the prosecution have called the sexual assault allegation “an outrageous lie” and said it had been told against ….read more

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Boy used by older peers in 'illegal fight club', High Court hears

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A teenage boy was used by older peers to fight other youngsters as part of an illegal fight club, the High Court has heard.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is currently being detained at a special care unit following an application to the High Court earlier this month by lawyers representing The Child and Family Agency Tusla.

The court heard that there were serious concerns for the boy’s welfare and behaviour which resulted in the CFA seeking orders to have him placed at a secure unit so that he can get the supports and services he requires.

The boy’s ….read more

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Woman deemed unfairly dismissed seeks to have State make payment

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A High Court challenge has been brought over the State’s refusal to make a payment from the Social Insurance Fund to a woman who lost her job at a pharmaceutical company, which had operated as a partnership.

Ms Indira Attride was refused the payment by the Department of Social Protection after she received awards from a rights commissioner arising out of the termination of her employment in respect of her claim that she was unfairly dismissed.

Ms Attride had worked in an administrative role for a partnership trading as Canopus BioPharma Ltd, located at Straffan, Co Kildare, between November 2012 and ….read more

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Interim Examiner appointed to food distribution firms hit by Covid-19 outbreak

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The High Court has appointed an interim examiner to three connected firms involved in the food distribution business whose turnovers have plunged due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Wert Capital Ltd and related firms Dublin Foods Sales Ltd and Scallans Food Service Ltd, which have over 70 employees, were all granted the protection of the court from their creditors.

The firms are involved in the delivery of mainly food and some non-food products to restaurants, pubs, offices, hotels, nursing homes and catering companies in Leinster and the South East of the country.

At the High Court on Friday afternoon, Ms Justice Niamh Hyland said ….read more

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Drugs accused (70) suffering with cancer and in prison isolation, court hears

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A 70-year-old cancer patient who is currently “in isolation” in prison over concerns he could contract Covid-19 has been refused High Court bail.

Ronald Gordon, with an address in Kirkby, in Liverpool, is charged with possession of cannabis and cocaine for sale or supply at Sarsfieldstown, in Gormanston, Co Meath, on May 8, 2019. The combined estimated street value of the drugs is in the region of €2.5 million.

Mr Gordon, a UK national, was refused bail previously but his lawyers provided the High Court on Friday with a consultant’s letter from Beaumont Hospital, which was not available at previous bail ….read more

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