Ryanair has launched a High Court action aimed at setting aside what it claims are unconstitutional international travel restrictions announced by the Government earlier this month.

The airline will argue that that the government has introduced what are effectively “mandatory” regulations “under the cloak of advices”.

Ryanair claims that the ‘restrictions’, arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, are unlawful, amount to a disproportionate interference of individual’s rights and are detrimental to its business.

In its action, Ryanair is challenging measures, announced on July 21st last, including that persons not travel outside the Island of Ireland, save for essential purposes, and that everyone ….read more

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Solicitor facing theft charges wants to 'reclaim his reputation'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(File Picture: Mr Cahir O’Higgins. Credit: Collins)

A criminal defence solicitor accused of theft and perverting the course of justice wants to meet the case head on and “reclaim his reputation”, a court has heard.

Cahir O’Higgins (45) appeared briefly before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today in order to set a trial date.

Mr O’Higgins has been charged with stealing €400, the property of Raul Sanz Quilis, at Londis, Parkgate Street, Dublin on July 30, 2016.

He has also charged with four counts of perverting the course of justice in December 2017, by giving Detective Garda Colm Kelly a copy of notes purportedly made ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Court quashes father's conviction for sexually assaulting daughter

Court of Appeal

A father who was found guilty of sexually assaulting his 19-year-old daughter on Christmas morning in 2017 has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

The man’s barrister, Sean Guerin SC, had argued before the Court of Appeal that the trial judge had erred in refusing to permit the defence to cross-examine the complainant in respect of the contents of a diary found in her room, in which the words “Hate Dad” were written, in order to show “pre-existing malice”.

The defence contended that these words authored by the complainant herself contained evidence of ill-will towards the appellant. It was submitted that they ….read more

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Tinder rapist Nevin has jail term increased

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Patrick Nevin. Credit: Collins)

Tinder rapist and serial sex offender Patrick Nevin has had his 12-year jail term increased by two and a half years, after an undue leniency appeal by the State.

The Court of Appeal today described the impact on each of his victims as ‘nothing short of devastating’.

The now 38-year-old attacked three women he met on Tinder during their first meetings in the space of eleven days in July 2014.

The sentencing court for two of these attacks heard that he had a preoccupation with sex and hostility towards women and that Nevin is at a high risk of ….read more

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Jail term halved for Albanian who pretended to be Kosovar refugee

Court of Appeal

An Albanian man, who fraudulently obtained Irish citizenship by pretending to be a Kosovan refugee, has had his 18-month jail term halved by the Court of Appeal in what is believed to be the first ever case of its type here.

Emri Bardhoshi’s false identity was five years younger than he was, and he came clean when he feared that this would hamper his treatment for a medical problem he developed.

The now 42-year-old had presented himself as a Kosovan fleeing war in the Balkans, when he arrived in the back of a lorry in 2001. He also gave a false name ….read more

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