John McClean

(Pictured: Mr John McClean. Credit: Collins)

A former rugby coach and teacher at a Dublin private school will stand trial on charges of indecent assault next year.

John McClean (74), of Casimir Avenue, Harold’s Cross, was sent forward from the District Court earlier this year on charges of indecently assaulting nine males at Terenure College on dates between 1973 and 1989.

Judge Martin Nolan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today confirmed a trial date of November 2, 2020 in relation to these charges.

A pretrial hearing date of July 29, 2020 was also set.

Nicholas Keogh 7

"You wouldn't see that in Police Academy": collusion investigation flawed, garda tells Tribunal


(Pictured: Garda Nicholas Keogh. Credit: Collins)

By Paul Neilan

The Garda at the centre of an investigation alleging his collusion with an Athlone heroin-dealer had his phone wiped before investigators seized it, a tribunal has heard.

The Disclosures Tribunal is hearing from Garda Nicholas Keogh, who alleges that a senior member of the Athlone drugs unit – identified to the tribunal as Garda A – was in an improper relationship with a heroin dealer, identified only as Ms B and who was described as having a then-estimated €2,500 a week income.

The tribunal, chaired by Judge Sean Ryan, is investigating how Gda Keogh was ….read more

Justice Tony Hunt

High Court orders extradition over 2007 Belfast double murder

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has ordered the extradition of a man wanted in respect of a double murder in Northern Ireland 12 years ago.

Gerard Lagan (35) originally from Belfast, with an address at Shamrock Grove, Dunleer, Co Louth, is facing charges in connection with the murders of Edward Burns and Joseph Jones in Belfast.

The men’s bodies were found hours apart in the city on the morning of March 12th, 2007.

Mr Burns, aged 36, from Ardoyne in north Belfast, was found shot in the head in a car park near a GAA club at ….read more

Outside Stock Close

No jail for man who beat up and threatened to kill partner in "terrifying ordeal"

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Isabel Hayes

A man who beat up his former partner and threatened to kill her during a “terrifying ordeal” has been given a suspended sentence.

Eddie Farnan (37) of Swiftbrook Park, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing harm to his then partner Lisa Power at the same address on June 2, 2017.

He also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or seriously harm Ms Power and to criminal damage on the same date.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that during the prolonged assault, Farnan told the woman she wouldn’t leave the house alive.

He dragged her by ….read more

Ryanair Head Office

Pilot's union seeks order halting Ryanair's damages action

High Court

A trade union that represents Ryanair’s Irish-based pilots is seeking a High Court order preventing the airline from progressing its legal action against them.

Forsa, which is the parent union of IALPA, wants a stay on Ryanair’s action from going ahead until mediation talks over a dispute on pay and conditions are concluded.

Ryanair brought proceedings against the union and several named pilots including IALPA’s president, Mr Evan Cullen, over a planned 48-hour strike which had been scheduled to take place on August 22nd and 23rd last.

The industrial action did not proceed after Ryanair secured an injunction preventing the strike from ….read more

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