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(Pictured: Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Credit: Collins)

By Gerard Cunningham

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe was the subject of “hostility and enmity” within the gardai, the Charleton tribunal has heard.

Sgt McCabe’s barrister Michael McDowell said that while evidence had been given that garda witnesses never discussed Sgt McCabe, he was the subject of “a good deal of hostility and enmity from certain sources in the Cavan/Monaghan division”.

The tribunal was also told Sgt McCabe was bullied, and called a “rat” on social media, Mr McDowell said.

Retired Chief Supt James Sheridan said he had never undermined Sgt McCabe in any way but he did know ….read more

Munir Ghariani

“High risk” sex offender jailed after gardai tell court he is “danger to society”

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Munir Ghariani. Credit: Collins)

A convicted sex offender who was given a partly suspended sentence for robbery last May has been jailed after gardaí told a court that he was a danger to society.

In May 2017 Judge Melanie Greally imposed a four-year sentence on Munir Ghariani (26) and, taking into account the time he had spent in custody on this matter, backdated the sentence to May 19, 2016. She suspended the balance of the sentence.

Ghariani admitted attacking the woman and robbing her phone on a street “for the thrill”.

Ghariani, formerly of Granitefield, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin had pleaded guilty at Dublin ….read more

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Banker jailed for his role in €7.2 billion fraud to seek Supreme Court appeal

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Denis Casey. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers for a former bank executive jailed for his role in a €7.2 billion fraud about the true health of Anglo Irish Bank in 2008 are seeking a Supreme Court appeal.

Last month, the Court of Appeal upheld the criminal convictions of Denis Casey and John Bowe, who were found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July 2016 of conspiring to mislead investors by using interbank loans to make Anglo appear €7.2bn more valuable between March 1 and September 30, 2008.

Both men had denied the charge throughout one of the longest criminal trials ….read more

Alan McNamara

Murder accused told gardai he brought loaded shotgun to “frighten” bikers

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Alan McNamara. Credit: Collins)

A murder accused told gardai he feared his stepson would be killed by rival bikers, so he loaded a shotgun and went to the motorcycle clubhouse where he shot a man dead.

He said he did not intend to kill anyone but was panicking after he was attacked and threats were made against him and his family. He also wanted to frighten the bikers so they would leave his family alone.

Alan ‘Cookie’ McNamara (51), from Mountfune, Murroe, Co Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Andrew ‘AOD’ O’Donoghue on Saturday June 20, 2015 at ….read more

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Garda sent anonymous email while wearing wig and sunglasses, trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Eve Doherty. Credit: Collins)

A garda on trial for harassing a State solicitor wore a wig and sunglasses while sending an anonymous email from a city centre internet cafe, a court has heard.

Eve Doherty (49), a garda based in Dublin, denies harassing Elizabeth Howlin between September 2011 and March 2013 and making false statements on two dates in March 2013 claiming Ms Howlin was perverting the course of justice.

Ms Howlin worked as a directing officer with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and was involved in deciding whether or not to direct prosecutions in criminal cases.

Over an 18-month period, ….read more

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