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A member of Fingal County Council has brought a High Court action challenging the alleged removal from its website of parts of a recent local authority meeting that was broadcast to the public.

The action has been brought by Independent Councillor Jimmy Guerin, who claims that the removal of comments he made during the meeting and a subsequent refusal by the council’s executive to provide him with a record of the meeting, breaches his right to freedom of expression.

The comments made were made at a council meeting held on January 18th last, when members were considering the Council’s Development Plan.

Mr Guerin ….read more

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A murder trial witness has described how he tried to grab onto his cousin – Irish champion boxer Kevin Sheehy – before he was struck and “taken away” from him by a speeding jeep.

The Central Criminal Court also heard that Thomas Lysaght tried to pull the 20-year-old off the ground but the vehicle “spun around” and came back towards them for a second time.

“I had to let Kevin go and move away. He was dragged up the road,” Mr Lysaght told the trial today.

The witness described how he then tried to divert the driver’s attention away from ….read more

by Stephen Bourke

Outbreaks of Covid-19 throughout the prisons network caused disruption to criminal cases today, with one prison officer telling a high court judge that there have been “outbreaks in every prison”.

This morning a prisoner was not produced in court from Cloverhill Prison, with their barrister telling the presiding judge: “There is a Covid issue at Cloverhill, described as ‘lockdown’.”

In the afternoon, a prison officer told the court: “There’s been outbreaks in every prison,” adding that he believed the Midlands Prison and others were also affected.

He said his understanding was that Wheatfield was the only site still accepting prisoners and ….read more

A Dublin man who agreed to move nearly €400,000 worth of drugs in order to service a €5,000 drug debt has been jailed for four years.

After gardaí found the four 5kg packages of cannabis herb in the boot of his car, James Ryan (33) told them he was moving the drugs to pay off the last of a drug debt.

He said if they didn’t believe him, they could look up his nose, referring to damage to his nose due to excessive use of cocaine.

Ryan of Tymon Crescent, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Scholarstown ….read more

A truck driver who was put on trial accused of the same murder three times and saw a conviction quashed by the Supreme Court has been jailed for 11 years for manslaughter. Zoltan Almasi had “caused near instantaneous death” with a single and “savage blow” of a baseball bat after he saw his 20-year-old victim banging on his van.

Sentencing Almasi at the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Michael White said the killing of Joseph “Joe Joe” Dunne has had “a devastating impact” on his family and the “exhaustive process and long drawn out legal procedure” of three trials and ….read more

In a 10-week long Central Criminal Court trial, seven – later reduced to five – members of the same family were accused of the “atrocious” sexual abuse and neglect of small children.

The three men and two women, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, were accused of sexually abusing the three older siblings between 2014 and 2016. Ranging in age from 27 to 56, they are the mother and father, aunt and uncles of the children and they live in various locations in Munster.

The parents were also accused of child neglect of five of their children ….read more

A member of the Reserve Defence Forces has brought a High Court challenge against the decision to discharge him on the grounds that he is a risk to national security.

The action has been brought by marketing executive Mr Kealan Harrington, who strongly denies being a risk to national security.

The High Court heard that Mr Harrington believes his discharge is linked to his role as public spokesperson for the family of Aaron Brady, the man convicted and jailed last year for the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donoghue.

The High Court heard on Monday that Mr Harrington joined the Reserve Defence Forces ….read more

(Pictured: Cameron Blair’s uncle Mr Aidan Donnelly. Photo: Collins)

The family of murdered student Cameron Blair have said that violent knife crime “has to stop”. “Whose family will be next to get the dreaded phone call?”, Cameron’s uncle Aidan Donnelly asked while reading a statement on behalf of the Blair family outside the Criminal Courts of Justice today (Friday).

“As a parent you pray each night your child goes out that no harm will come to them and that they return home safely. We also hope and pray that they do not cross paths with people who arm themselves with knives and ….read more

Wife murderer Rafal Karaczyn secretly filmed his wife in the shower and bath at the home they shared after she told him she no longer wanted him in her life.

Four videos retrieved from a laptop and mobile phone belonging to Karaczyn showed him placing a camera in the bathroom filming the bath and shower area minutes before Natalia entered the room. When she was finished showering or bathing, Karaczyn could be seen retrieving the device.

The first video was dated November 25, 2017, some months after their marriage had begun to come apart and when they were sleeping in separate rooms. ….read more

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