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State will not appeal decision to refuse Bailey extradition

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Ian Bailey. Credit: Collins)

The State will not appeal against the High Court’s decision last month to refuse the extradition of Ian Bailey to France in relation to the death of Sophie Tuscan du Plantier.

Mr Bailey (60) of The Prairie, Liscaha, Schull, west Cork, denies any involvement in the death of Ms du Plantier, who was found dead outside her holiday home in Schull in December 1996.

French authorities previously sought the surrender of Mr Bailey in 2010 but this application was refused by the Supreme Court in 2012. A second extradition request was transmitted to Ireland last summer, seeking ….read more

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Two charged with IRA membership at non-jury court

Special Criminal Court

Two Dublin men have appeared tonight before an out-of-term sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with IRA membership.

Kevin Braney and Ciaran Maguire (29) were both arrested on Wednesday by gardaí investigating the activities of dissident republicans.

Mr Braney, who did not give a date of birth, and with an address at Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24 and Mr Maguire, of Kippure Park, Finglas, Dublin 11 were both charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on August 2nd.

Detective Garda Colm Finnerty, of the Special Detective Unit (SDU), ….read more

Special Criminal Court

IRA accused denied bail

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man accused of IRA membership has been refused bail today by the Special Criminal Court.

Kevin Braney was arrested last week by gardaí investigating the activities of dissident republicans.

Mr Braney, with an address at Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24 is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on August 2nd.

The gardai had objected to the accused man’s bail application.

Detective Inspector Nigel Mulready, of the Special Detective Unit (SDU), told prosecuting counsel Fiona Murphy BL that he believed if released on bail Mr Braney would ….read more

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Jury finds biker guilty of murdering rival club member in turf war

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Alan McNamara. Credit: Collins)

A Limerick biker will be sentenced to life in prison in October, after being found guilty of murdering a member of a rival motorcycle club two years ago.

Alan ‘Cookie McNamara, a 51-year-old from Mountfune, Murroe, Co Limerick had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Andrew ‘AOD’ O’Donoghue at the gates of the Road Tramps motorcycle club at Mountfune on June 20, 2015.

The jury delivered a unanimous verdict to the Central Criminal Court this afternoon.

The seven men and four women had been asked to decide if the accused was acting in defence of himself and his ….read more

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