Sean Quinn

(Pictured: Sean Quinn)

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Former billionaire Sean Quinn said he could not attend today at a High Court hearing aimed at preventing him from “trespassing” on lands owned by the group of companies that he set up.

In a letter emailed to the court Mr Quinn said that he was unable to attend due to the short notice of the proceedings but he offered an undertaking not to visit property owned by Mannok Quarries, formerly Quinn Industrial Holdings.

However, he said that he requires access to a roadway that connects a quarry in Co Cavan owned by the plaintiffs to a cement ….read more

Jozef Puska

Ashling Murphy murder accused changes solicitor

Central Criminal Court

By Peter Doyle

A new solicitor has been appointed to represent the man accused of the murder of Ashling Murphy.

Jozef Puska (31), of Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co Offaly, is charged with murdering the 23-year-old primary school teacher at Cappincur, Tullamore, Co Offaly, on the afternoon of January 12, 2022

He is scheduled to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in June next year.

At a brief hearing at the same court today, an application from defence solicitors Padraig Langsch & Co to come on record in the case was granted by Mr Justice Paul McDermott after prosecution counsel Anne-Marie ….read more


Former garda "physically sick" at being in same room as alleged bully


(Pictured: Paul Barry at the Disclosures Tribunal. Photo: Collins)

By Paul Neilan

A former garda sergeant has told the Disclosures Tribunal that he was “physically sick” at the Irish Open golf tournament when he had to be in the same room as a superintendent he accuses of bullying and harassment.

The tribunal is hearing from retired Gda Sgt Paul Barry, formerly of Mitchelstown Garda Station in Co Cork, who made a protected disclosure that the proper investigation of a child sexual assault allegation was prevented by a superintendent, who he says bullied and harassed him. The Director of Public Prosecutions later directed there ….read more

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Murder accused carried knife to cut fruit, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

by Alison O’Riordan

A food delivery rider accused of stabbing schoolboy Josh Dunne to death used a utility knife to cut fruit and did not carry it for protection, a fellow delivery cyclist has told the Central Criminal Court.

Alex Lima also told the trial that the accused, George Gonzaga Bento, had previously told him that he was attacked several times in Dublin and had his bicycle stolen once.

Mr Bento (36), a Brazilian national with an address in East Wall in Dublin 3, is charged with murdering 16-year-old Josh at East Wall Road, East Wall on January 26, 2021.

Mr Bento is also ….read more


Security guard fairly sacked for sleeping on the job


by Stephen Bourke

A security company acted reasonably in sacking a guard who was found sleeping when he was supposed to be looking after assets worth millions of euros, the Workplace Relations Commission has ruled.

Jaroslaw Lukasiewicz complained under the Unfair Dismissals Act against his employer, K-tech Security Unlimited Company – also alleging breaches of the Organisation of Working Time Act.
The company said Mr Lukasiewicz was posted to a housing estate in Co Offaly where he was “responsible for several million euros in client assets”.

On 10 December 2019, the firm submitted, the company’s control room was trying to contact the complainant, but ….read more

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