Ruaidhri Giblin

 

A man on trial for possessing almost €3 million worth of drugs and an assault rifle in Co Kildare two years ago, is the brother of a man who was earlier caught with 15 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Michael Brady (54), with an address at Brookfield Grove, Blackrock, Co Dublin is charged with possessing €1.5 million worth of cocaine, €1.26 million worth of heroin, an assault rife and more than 180 rounds of ammunition at a property at Sallins Bridge, in Sallins, Co Kildare on January 24, 2017.

Mr Brady has pleaded ….read more

A Dublin man has gone on trial at the Special Criminal Court charged with possessing an assault rife, ammunition and almost €3 million worth of drugs in a Co Kildare town two years ago.

Michael Brady (54), with an address at Brookfield Grove, Blackrock, Co Dublin is charged with possessing €1.5 million worth of cocaine, €1.26 million worth of heroin, an assault rife and more than 180 rounds of ammunition at Sallins Bridge, in Sallins, Co Kildare on January 24, 2017.

Arraigned before the non-jury Special Criminal Court today, Mr Brady pleaded not guilty to all nine counts on the ….read more

(Pictured: Colin Casey. Credit: Collins)

Aidan “The Beast” O’Driscoll was “executed” on a busy street in a “well-planned” hit that was part of an internal dispute between the Real IRA and the New IRA, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Colin Casey (32) and Daniel Hegarty (24), with unknown addresses, have pleaded guilty to four counts of impeding the apprehension or prosecution of the killers of Aidan O’Driscoll in Cork on December 7, 2016.

A third man, Eoin Morrissey (19), with an unknown address, also pleaded guilty to two counts of impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Mr O’Driscoll’s killers.

Mr O’Driscoll, ….read more

(Pictured: Michael Shine. Credit: Collins)

Disgraced surgeon Michael Shine must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his conviction for abusing two teenage boys in the mid-70s.

Shine (86), of Wellington Road in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecently assaulting six patients at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and at his private clinic, both in Drogheda, Co Louth, on dates between 1964 and 1991.

He was found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in October 2017 of indecently assaulting two 15-year-old patients. The trial judge directed a not guilty verdict in respect of ….read more

A Carlow man jailed for “inexcusable” cruelty to animals has been given an early date to appeal against the severity of his three year prison sentence.

James Kavanagh (48) pleaded guilty to 30 counts of causing or allowing animal cruelty at his property at Raheenleigh, Myshall, Co Carlow in April 2015.

Carlow Circuit Court heard that the charges related to 63 animals. Gardaí and animal welfare officers found a number of dead dogs and horses, as well as dogs feedings on the carcasses of horses, when they inspected Kavanagh’s dog breeding premises at Myshall.

The court heard that 340 dogs ….read more

A man found guilty of abusing his daughter has had his conviction quashed over a factual error in his barrister’s closing speech to the jury, which was not permitted to be corrected by the trial judge.

The man, whose details cannot be published to protect the victim’s identity, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexually assaulting his daughter in the south-east of the country on January 30 and 31, 2015.

He was found guilty by a jury at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to three years imprisonment with the final year suspended by Judge Eugene O’Kelly on ….read more

A motorist found not guilty by direction of dangerous driving causing the death of an oncoming driver is to go on trial again after his acquittal was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

The man, who cannot be identified as he is not technically before the courts, was charged with dangerous driving causing death of another motorist in Munster five years ago.

The Court of Appeal heard that the man’s car crossed 1.7metres into the opposing lane of traffic before colliding with the deceased’s oncoming car on a straight stretch of road.

He had not been drinking or ….read more

A motorist found guilty of manslaughter, despite unanimous expert opinion that he was legally insane, has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital as in inpatient after his jury verdict was declared “perverse” by the Court of Appeal.

Polish national Dariusz Alchimionek (44), with an address at Barrow Way, Spa Street, Portarlington, Co Laois, had denied the manslaughter of John Gorman (19) and assault causing harm to his brother, Adam, on December 29, 2015.

The brothers had been returning home from Tullamore when a vehicle driven by Alchimionek suddenly crossed the road into the path of their oncoming car at ….read more

(Pictured: Mr John Downey. Credit: Collins)

Assurances given to so-called “on the run” republican paramilitaries by the UK Government may have been later used to gather evidence against them, giving rise to questions of exceptional public importance that require consideration by Ireland’s superior courts, according to a High Court judge.

John Downey (67) was arrested last November at his home address in Ards, Creeslough, Co Donegal on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by UK authorities in relation to the 1972 Enniskillen bombing.

Mr Downey is wanted for the murder of two British Army Infantrymen, Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and ….read more

(Pictured: Mr John Downey. Credit: Collins)

A man wanted for the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers in Enniskillen in 1972 will be told this afternoon whether he can appeal the decision to extradite him to Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish authorities have been seeking the surrender of 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.

Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames were killed when a device exploded in a vehicle they were checking on the Irvinestown ….read more

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