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A 39-year-old woman has pleaded not guilty to murdering a father of seven nearly three years ago by reason of insanity.

Mother-of-three Christina Anderson of Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 24, is charged with murdering Gareth Kelly (39), who died from stab wounds following an incident at the estate on the morning of February 25, 2020.

Wearing a black and yellow dress, Ms Anderson was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

When the registrar read the single count on the indictment to the accused and asked her how she was pleading, she replied: “Not guilty by reason of insanity”.

A jury ….read more

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Insurer gets injunction against ex employee over confidential information claims

High Court

An insurance company has secured a High Court injunction preventing a former employee from using or distributing any confidential information relating to the firm.

The order was granted in favour of Aon Ireland Limited against Luciana Bernardes De Castro, who the court heard had worked as a Claims Administrator for the company between March 2020 until January 2022 when she allegedly resigned from her job.

The court heard that Ms De Castro made a claim to the Workplace Relations Committee against Aon Ireland, which is a subsidiary of the Aon Plc, in August 2022.

Arising out of her claim, Aon conducted a targeted ….read more

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Graham Dwyer's lawyers tell appeal that phone data retention is 'opportunistic form of mass surveillance'

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Graham Dwyer. Photo: Collins)

Lawyers for Graham Dwyer, who murdered vulnerable care worker Elaine O’Hara for his sexual gratification, have argued that the retention of mobile phone data is an “opportunistic form of mass surveillance” that transforms phones into tracking devices that can reveal a detailed picture of every aspect of a person’s life.

Remy Farrell SC, for Dwyer, told the three-judge Court of Appeal that mobile phone data should not have been admitted as evidence in his client’s trial as the retention of that data was a breach of his rights under the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Mr ….read more

WRC

Secretary sacked after break up with company director is awarded €22k

Inquiry

A secretary sacked following a breakup with her boss’s son – a company director in the family firm where she worked – is to be paid nearly €22,000 after the Workplace Relations Commission ruled her dismissal unfair.

The employment tribunal found there had been a “sharp deficit in the duty of care” on the part of the firm and that the worker, who had been employed by the firm for over a decade, “deserved better”.

Rosemarie Quinlan’s claim under the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 against Spencer Family Holdings Limited was upheld in a decision published by the Workplace Relations Commission this morning.

Ms ….read more

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Ex-RTE journalist fails in bid to overturn sex assault conviction

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: Mícheál Ó Leidhin. Photo: Collins)

A former RTÉ journalist who was jailed for 15 months for sexually assaulting a woman while she slept has lost his appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Mícheál Ó Leidhin (38) was a political reporter for Raidió na Gaeltachta and was found guilty by a jury in July for the sexual assault of the woman that happened at his former home.

At the Court of Appeal today, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said that consent could not be implied when a person is asleep and that everyone has the right to feel safe while they sleep.

Ms Justice Donnelly ….read more

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