ODoherty Waters

(File Picture: Ms Gemma O’Doherty & Mr John Waters. Photo: Collins)

The Supreme Court has upheld a decision to dismiss a bid by Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters to challenge the constitutionality of laws introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Returning the court’s decision, Chief Justice Donal O’Donnell said that in order to succeed, Ms O’Doherty and Mr Waters would have needed evidence to support the core of their case that the regulations and restrictions were part of some global conspiracy to undermine the rights of citizens.

However, the Chief Justice found that none of the type of evidence required for leave ….read more

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Man guilty of murdering drug dealer as he pushed infant son in pram

Central Criminal Court

A Dublin man has been found guilty of murdering a drug dealer by shooting him three times while he pushed his four-month-old son in a pram in broad daylight.

The jury of seven men and four women took just over three hours to find that Wayne Cooney was the cyclist who circled Jordan Davis for three days like a “shark moving towards its prey” before firing eight shots at him from a 9mm pistol.

Mr Davis suffered three gunshot wounds including one to the head that killed him instantly. A child who happened to be cycling through the lane was just a ….read more

WRC

'You stupid f***ing b**ch, I told you I don’t have the hours': worker returning from maternity leave wins discrimination case

Inquiry

A creche worker who said she was told “You stupid f***ing b**ch, I told you I don’t have the hours” when she asked to return from maternity leave has been awarded €15,000 in compensation by the Workplace Relations Commission.

Niamh Moloney’s discrimination complaint under the Employment Equality Act against Little Treasures Creche & Playschool Limited, trading as Little Treasures Creche & Playschool, was upheld in a decision published by the WRC this morning.

The company had claimed that Ms Moloney “did not turn up for work” when initially offered part time hours and later full time hours. However, the WRC found that ….read more

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Child abuse material defendant had searched internet about 'taking blood from infants'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was caught with thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child abuse searched the internet about “taking blood from infants”, a court has heard.

When gardai searched the 42-year-old man’s bedroom, they found baby nappies on the floor along with about 150 colour print-outs of child abuse material on the bed. The man had hundreds of DVDs on his bedroom shelves and he pointed out some that contained child abuse material to gardaí.

The Dublin man, who cannot be named because he is due to stand trial later this year for the alleged sexual assault of a child, ….read more

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Covid causing disruption to criminal cases

High Court

The recent surge in Covid-19 infections is affecting criminal cases, with a number of trials at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin adjourned over the past two weeks.

At least three courts have been unable to sit as a result of parties involved in cases having to isolate due to Covid-19. A murder trial running at the Special Criminal Court has been delayed since last week due, it is understood, to one of the sitting judges having to isolate as a result of “falling foul” of the virus.

On Monday, a violent domestic assault sentence hearing at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court ….read more

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