Keith Johnston

(Pictured: Mr Keith Johnston. Credit: Collins)

A handyman has had a charge of refurbishing a bathroom in order to conceal evidence of the alleged murder of retired grandmother Patricia O’Connor withdrawn from a Central Criminal Court jury by direction of the trial judge.

Also today, the mother of murder accused Kieran Greene told his trial that her son was assessed when he was in first class in primary school and found to be “two and a half years behind”. She also said he had no previous girlfriends before meeting his former partner Louise O’Connor.

Trial judge Mr Justice Paul McDermott told the ….read more

Kevin Hannaway

Hooded man faced "life threatening" conditions in prison

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Kevin Hannaway. Credit: Collins)

A number of people involved in conducting an IRA “inquiry” of suspected informants in a Dublin suburb have lost appeals against the severity of their prison sentences.

The group was convicted of helping the IRA carry out interrogations of other members following a series of operations that were foiled by gardai. The IRA’s Dublin and Belfast brigades wanted to know who was responsible for leaking information and a number of men were brought to a house in Castleknock in Dublin for their interrogation.

The gardaí, however, had set up listening devices at the house and ….read more

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Men to be extradited for alleged attempted murder of PSNI officer

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Donald Binchy. Credit: Collins)

Two Dublin men are to be extradited to Northern Ireland for the alleged attempted murder of a PSNI officer, a High Court judge has said.

Dublin men Ciaran Maguire (29), of Kippure Park, Finglas South and Sean Paul Farrell (32), of Stannaway Road, Kimmage, are wanted in Northern Ireland for the alleged attempted murder of a police officer and possession of explosive substances with intent to endanger life. Both men face life imprisonment on both counts if found guilty.

This morning, Mr Justice Donald Binchy told the court that he considered all the arguments made for ….read more

Four Courts

Strokestown eviction family face jail as bank takes action

High Court

KBC bank is seeking committal orders against members of a Co Roscommon family over their alleged failure to comply with a High Court order to vacate a farm that was the centre of a controversial eviction.

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds was told on Friday by Rossa Fanning SC that the bank wants to bring a motion seeking the attachment and committal of siblings Michael Anthony, David and Geraldine McGann.

KBC claims that the McCanns have not complied with a court order directing them to vacate their family home at Falsk, near Strokestown in Co Roscommon.

Last October, KBC bank secured an injunction giving ….read more

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Youth to be sentenced for fatal stabbing after judge says grieving family need "finality"

Central Criminal Court

A youth whose sentencing for a fatal stabbing has been delayed while he undergoes brain surgery will be sentenced next month after the judge said she the victim’s grieving family needs “finality”.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon at the Central Criminal Court added that the offender, who was found guilty of manslaughter in 2017 for stabbing 17-year-old Dovydas Jenkas to death, can expect a custodial sentence and “should prepare for that.”

At a brief hearing today, counsel for the teenager Michael Bowman SC asked for the sentence hearing to be put back for three months while his client recovers from his latest ….read more

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