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Twitter has told the High Court that it has restored Irish senior executive Sinead McSweeney to her position with the company.

Last week Ms McSweeney, who is Twitter’s Global Vice President for Public Policy, secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the social networking giant from terminating her employment.

She claimed that by not responding to a generic and vague e-mail sent earlier this month to all of Twitter employees by its new owner, multi–Billionaire Elon Musk, she was treated as if she was no longer employed by the company.

Ms McSweeney said that she never resigned from her job but had been ….read more

Vincent Parsons, who was allegedly beaten to death outside a pub after he became drunk and “messy” at a stag do, was never aggressive and didn’t have a “bad bone in his body”, the deceased’s brother told the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Daniel Parsons told prosecution counsel Lorcan Staines SC that he was with his brother and other friends and family in the Killinarden Inn in Tallaght at a stag do for Thomas Brown, who was to marry their sister.

Daniel arrived between 8.30pm and 9pm and found the rest of the stag goers drinking pints, “having a laugh and ….read more

The Central Criminal Court trial of a man accused of murdering his wife in Mayo in 2019, which was due to begin in December, has been postponed until March of next year.

James Kilroy (48) of Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo, is accused of the murder of mother-of-three Valerie French Kilroy (41) at their home in June 2019.

In July of this year, Mr Justice David Keane fixed a date of December 12 for the trial, which had then been expected to last three-to-four days at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

At the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Paul McDermott ….read more

Children’s gaming company and app publisher Zulleon has been ordered to pay a games developer close to €11,000 for unlawful deductions from his pay imposed when the pandemic hit.

In a decision released this morning, the Workplace Relations Commission found that the publisher had made “misleading representations” that it would pay staff back for a 25% pay cut it imposed when the Covid-19 pandemic reached Ireland.

The finding was reached in respect of one of two complaints made under the Payment of Wages Act 1991 against Zulleon Ltd by former employee Eoin Roche, both of which were upheld.

Mr Roche told the ….read more

by IINA Reporters

The judge in the retrial of the teenage boy who has been convicted of murdering Urantsetseg Tserendorj ruled that a key piece of witness evidence that was excluded from the original trial should go before the jury.

Less than half an hour after stabbing Ms Tserendorj on Dublin’s pandemic-quietened streets, the teenager attempted to rob another woman, Tayo Odelade, before taking out a knife and telling her: “That could have ended a lot worse for you.”

In ruling on the admissibility of the evidence, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said it was his view that this showed a deliberate decision by ….read more

(Pictured: Dion Genockey. Photo: Collins)

By Isabel Hayes

Three young men who drove a vulnerable teenager to an isolated beach and took turns gang raping her have been jailed for between nine and 10 years.
 
Scenes erupted in the Central Criminal Court in Dublin today after Mr Justice David Keane imposed sentences of nine years, nine and a half years and 10 years on Dion Genockey (24),  Troy Ryan (24) and Daryl Rooney (25) – who has 225 previous convictions – respectively.
 
The men’s’ supporters were ushered out of court by gardaí, crying and shouting, “Miscarriage of justice” and “They’re innocent” after the sentences ….read more

The death of a mother who was killed with a hatchet by her autistic son could potentially have been avoided “with better supports”, the victim’s daughter told the Central Criminal Court today.

“I hope he knows his mother loves him still – a mother’s love is unconditional,” Helen Sheehy also told the court in her victim impact statement.

Last month, a unanimous jury found Patrick Dunne not guilty by reason of insanity of bludgeoning his mother Susan Dunne to death after an argument over the purchase of a mobile phone she believed to be too expensive.

In Ms Sheehy’s victim impact statement, read ….read more

(Pictured Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

A young man who stabbed and killed an intruder who had attacked him in his home in the early hours of the morning has been jailed for three-and-a-half years by the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott said Dean Kerrie (21) was entitled to use force in defence of himself, his family and his home, but the force he used was “grossly” excessive given that the victim, Jack Power, was unarmed.

Taking into account that Kerrie was 17 at the time, showed genuine remorse and that he did not expect or instigate the violence on the night, ….read more

(Pictured: Mandate General Secretary Gerry Light, who gave evidence today. Photo: Collins)

A trade union official has claimed that the decision to make Debenhams staff redundant two years ago had been “preordained and predetermined” before they were told the company was going into liquidation.

The hearing of a test case into the redundancies of 750 Debenhams workers two years ago opened before the Workplace Relations Commission this morning.

The group has referred complaints under the Protection of Employment Act, as amended by European Communities (Protection of Employment) Regulations, 2000.

They allege that both the management of the Debenhams Retail Ireland Ltd and ….read more

A burglar who was caught by gardaí when he rang a phone he’d left at the scene of the crime has launched an appeal against his conviction, arguing that the plain-clothes officer who met him did not give a proper caution.

The Court of Appeal heard that Garda Stephen White answered the phone, which was covered in glass when it was recovered from the scene of the burglary, and spoke to David Lynch (50), Leinster Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Lynch said he had lost the phone and Gda White, who did not identify himself as a garda, arranged to meet him. ….read more

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