Ruaidhri Giblin


(Pictured: Kevin Hannaway. Credit: Collins)

A number of people jailed for their roles in an IRA “inquiry” of suspected informants have brought appeals against their convictions.

The group was convicted last year of helping the IRA carry out interrogations of other members following a series of operations that were foiled by gardai. The IRA’s Dublin and Belfast brigades wanted to know who was responsible for leaking information and a number of men were brought to a house in Castleknock in Dublin to interrogate them.

The gardaí, however, had set up listening devices at the house and used recordings of the interrogations ….read more

A Dublin man jailed for twice raping his 14-year-old niece has lost an appeal against his conviction, during which his lawyers cross-examined the victim on her past sexual history.

The 50-year-old married man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of raping his niece between January 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013.

He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to nine years imprisonment with the final year suspended by Mr Justice Paul McDermott on July 31, 2017.

Upholding his conviction today, President of the Court of Appeal Mr ….read more

A Kildare man tasked by senior criminal figures abroad to mind an “arsenal” of firearms and ammunition in the loft of a “fake” Dublin business premises has been sentenced to 11-and-a-half years imprisonment by the Special Criminal Court.

Declan Brady (53), known as ‘Mr Nobody’, pleaded guilty at the non-jury court to possessing nine revolvers, four semi-automatic pistols, a sub-machine gun, an assault rifle and 1,355 rounds of ammunition in suspicious circumstances at Unit 52, Block 503, Grants Drive, Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

Brady, with an address at The Park, Wolstan Abbey, Celbridge, Co Kildare, “supervised and was in ….read more

A Dublin man will be sentenced at the Special Criminal Court later this month for possessing €1.25 million worth of heroin.

Michael Brady (54), with an address in south Dublin, was found guilty in June of possessing the drugs at an apartment at Sallins Bridge, in Sallins, Naas, Co Kildare on January 24, 2017.

The trial heard that €1.25 million worth of heroin, €1.5 million worth of cocaine and €1,000 worth of cannabis was found at the premises, in the base of one of the beds. Gardaí also seized a 7.62 x 39mm calibre VZ 58 assault rifle and a variety ….read more

A convicted killer has been released from custody in Dublin after a warrant seeking his extradition to the Netherlands was found to be invalid by the High Court.

Barry McArdle (33) from Drimnagh was originally sentenced to two years imprisonment for disposing of the body of Dublin man Keith Ennis (29), following a trial in the Netherlands, in 2017.

As McArdle had effectively served all of that sentence while on remand at various times, he was immediately released and returned to Ireland.

In the same trial, McArdle had been acquitted of stabbing Mr Ennis in Rotterdam in 2009. However, Dutch authorities ….read more

A man has had his conviction for sexually assaulting a woman, after breaking into her home, quashed over the trial judge’s instructions to the jury on the ingredients of the offence.

The 25-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, but who is originally from Azerbaijan, had pleaded guilty to burglary but not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in her home in south Dublin on June 15, 2014.

He was found guilty by a jury of sexual assault and sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment by Judge Martin Nolan on June 15, 2018.

The man won an appeal against his conviction ….read more

(Pictured: David Byrne. Credit: Collins)

A man with a degenerative eye disorder, who was jailed for dangerous driving causing the death of an elderly pedestrian, has moved to appeal his conviction.

David Byrne (43) of Sunnyhill, Castlemartin Lodge, Kilcullen, Co Kildare, had pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Patricia Dunne (70) at Collins Avenue East, Killester in Dublin on October 16, 2015.

The father-of-two had also pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dishonestly inducing the National Driving Licence Service (NDLS) to issue him with a driving licence and making a false or misleading statement while ….read more

(Pictured: Mr John Downey. Credit: Collins)

An alleged IRA bomber given a so-called “comfort letter” by the UK Government has lost his latest challenge aimed at preventing his extradition to Northern Ireland for the 1972 Enniskillen bombing.

Northern Irish authorities are seeking to extradite John Downey (67) to face prosecution for the murder of two British Army Infantrymen as well as aiding and abetting the causing of an explosion on August 25, 1972.

Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames were killed when a device exploded in a vehicle they were checking on the Irvinestown Road, ….read more

A man jailed for indecently assaulting a babysitter almost 40 years ago has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Lawyers for Patrick Patton (65), of Cashelard, Ballyshannon, claimed the Donegal jury that convicted him of indecently assaulting the then 14-year-old girl, were “pressured” into returning a guilty verdict because it was Friday evening and weather warnings were in place.

Patton had pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting the girl in his home in July 1980. He pleaded not guilty to a third count of indecently assaulting another young female between June 1981 and August 1982.

A jury at ….read more

A retired doctor has lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence for abusing two teenage boys in the mid-70s.

The 86-year-old man, who cannot be identified by order of the Court of Appeal, had pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecently assaulting six patients in the north east of the country, on dates between 1964 and 1991.

He was found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of indecently assaulting two 15-year-old patients. The trial judge directed a not guilty verdict in respect of one complainant and the jury acquitted him on the remaining counts.

He was ….read more

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