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(Pictured: Ms Gemma O’Doherty and Mr John Waters. Credit: Collins)

Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters are facing a substantial legal bill after the High Court ruled they must pay the costs of their failed attempt to challenge laws introduced due to Covid-19.

In a ruling this morning, Mr Justice Charles Meenan said both Ms O’Doherty and Mr Waters should pay the legal costs of both the State respondents and notice parties the Dail, Seanad and Ceann Comhairle.

The judge said that the costs, estimated to be a substantial five-figure sum, should be limited to the two day hearing of their application ….read more

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Citywest Hotel owners take action against neighbours over parcel of land

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The owners of the Citywest Hotel complex have launched High Court proceedings against two of its neighbours whom it is alleged have started building works on part of the hotel lands.

The action has been brought by Cape Wrath Hotel Unlimited Company, which acquired the well-known hotel and conference centre in 2014, against Glen Walker and Sarah Walker, of Saggart Lakes, Saggart Co Dublin.

Eoghan Cole BL, instructed by solicitor Aonghus McClafferty of Eversheds Sutherland, for the Hotel, said that the dispute relates to a parcel of land it claims was part of the no-longer used ‘Executive Golf Course’, near the ….read more

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Supreme Court finds in favour of former patient who sought sole control over living arrangements

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The Supreme Court has granted declarations to a woman, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity of violent crimes, over the handling of her bid to vary her living arrangements when she was on conditional release from the Central Mental Hospital.

The court held that the woman, who is now released unconditionally from the CMH, is not entitled to damages for breach of her constitutional rights but it will hold a further hearing over whether she is entitled to damages for breach of rights under the ECHR Act.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was convicted after ….read more

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Man facing prison for alleged contempt of court over heritage area

High Court

A man alleged to have breached an order not to interfere with lands designated as a National Heritage Area is to be brought before the High Court by gardai over his alleged contempt.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service claim that Mr Daragh Coyne has engaged in activities that have damaged Milltownpass Bog, in Co Westmeath, which has been a designated NHA for several years.

The Minister for Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, which is responsible for the service, previously obtained temporary injunctions preventing Mr Coyne from carrying out any unauthorised works on or interfering with the NHA.

The lands where the illegal ….read more

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Third man charged with involvement in attempted murder by McCarthy-Dundon gang

Special Criminal Court

A third man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with involvement in the attempted murder of Christy Keane by the Limerick-based McCarthy-Dundon crime gang.

Noel Price (42), of Kileely Road, Kileely, Limerick City this afternoon appeared before the three-judge, non-jury court where he was charged with, having knowledge of the existence of the McCarthy-Dundon criminal organisation, he assisted in making available a vehicle to that criminal organisation with the intention of facilitating the attempted murder of Mr Christy Keane or being reckless as to same.

The offence is alleged to have occurred between June 27 and June 29 2015.

Detective ….read more

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