A member of the Defence Forces has been accused of assaulting a fellow soldier while serving in Lebanon, a military court heard today.

Sergeant Martin Dougan is accused of assaulting Corporal Niall McShane by striking him on the face on 9 March 2014. The alleged incident took place while both men were serving with the Irish Defence Forces in Lebanon.

It is also alleged that Sgt Dougan was under the influence of an intoxicant on the day in question, the general court martial sitting, at the Military Justice Centre in McKee Barracks, Dublin 7, heard.

Sgt Dougan has pleaded not guilty to the ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Peter Charleton. Credit: Collins)

The tribunal set up to investigate an alleged smear campaign against garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe has been asked to provide legal representation to 12 interested parties including the garda commissioner and former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

The chairman of the tribunal Mr Justice Peter Charleton also heard applications for representation from lawyers for Sgt McCabe, former garda press officer Dave Taylor, several media organisation and the Child and Family Agency.

Mr Justice Charleton said people whose reputation may be affected by any report by the tribunal are entitled to apply for legal representation. He will rule ….read more

A burglar who broke into a toy store in the run-up to Christmas has had his prison sentence cut on appeal.

Mark Hurley (22), of Dumanus Crescent, Knocknaheeny, had pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to burglary of Pinocchio’s toy store on Paul Street in Cork on December 22, 2014.

He was sentenced to six years imprisonment with the final two suspended by Judge Gerard O’Brien on April 28, 2016.

Hurley successfully appealed his sentence today, with the Court of Appeal holding that the Circuit Court judge’s starting point was “somewhat higher than justified”. He was accordingly re-sentenced to five years imprisonment ….read more

A man who claimed he was acting in self-defence when he bludgeoned his friend to death with a rock weighing 1.6 kilos has been convicted of murder.

Thomas O’Connor (29) of Burnaby Court, Greystones had been charged with murdering John O’Brien, who was from Burnaby Lawns in Greystones on June 4, 2010.

The father of one had pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to the 22-year-old’s manslaughter at Farrankelly Road, Delgany, Co Wicklow.

O’Connor had admitted hitting Mr O’Brien over the head with the boulder “two or three times” but said he only did so to protect himself after his friend attacked ….read more

By Liz Farsaci

A father who claims his wife assaulted him on several occasions and accused him of rape has been granted a safety order against her.

The husband told a Family Court that four years ago, he received a phone call from his local garda station to say that his wife had been charged with a drink driving offence.

Because she was unable to drive, his wife lost her job and shortly afterwards, “started drinking every single day”, the husband said.

“Things have gotten pretty bad at home,” the man said, adding that his wife had left deep fat fryers turned on and ….read more

A husband who claims his wife has made his life “a total nightmare” by alleging domestic abuse was today denied an emergency protection order.

The man told the Family Court that his wife sent him a video of their three young children in which they say, “Daddy hits Mummy every day”.

He said the children also said in the video that they planned to become doctors and gardai when they grew up so that they could protect their mother.

“I never hit her. She is trying to destroy me,” the man said during his evidence. “I just want to see my kids. I ….read more

By Liz Farsaci

A lawyer was today found guilty of misconduct for failing to pay his fees to a senior counsel.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, located in Smithfield, Dublin, found former solicitor Eoin M Dee, of Dunmore Road, Waterford, guilty of misconduct on three counts.

These counts related to the non-payment of fees to senior counsel Aidan Doyle, failing to respond to letters from the Law Society of Ireland regarding the matter in 2014 and 2015 and failing to attend a meeting of the Law Society’s complaints committee in July 2015.

The tribunal heard that Mr Dee did not pay Mr Doyle fees amounting ….read more

By Liz Farsaci

A girl whose parents have battled addition and incarceration was today placed in the long-term care of the State until she becomes an adult.

A Family Court judge ruled that the girl is to remain in the care of Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, for a number of years.

The girl has been in living with a foster family for several years, and will now continue to do so until she reaches the age of 18.

The girl was initially placed into care after being exposed to concerning behaviour from her mother.

“She witnessed and experienced her mum’s drug use and ….read more

There are concerns about how gardaí are recording domestic violence after official figures show there were five times more incidents in Northern Ireland last year, a country with less than half the population of the republic.

The previously unpublished statistics, which were released to the CCCx News Agency by gardaí, show officers responded to 5,988 incidents involving domestic violence in 2016. There were 4,640 incidents recorded in 2015 and 3,678 in 2014 when the gardaí first started tracking the area.

In Northern Ireland, the PSNI recorded 28,811 domestic abuse incidents between October 2015 and September 2016. During the last Christmas period alone ….read more

A nurse who pushed an elderly, intellectually disabled patient was today found guilty of professional misconduct.

Nora Bernadette Regan Territt, who worked at Peamount Healthcare, a residential care facility in Milltown, Newcastle, Co Dublin, was the subject of the fitness to practice hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

The nurse was also found guilty of non-compliance with the nurses’ professional code of conduct.

The inquiry heard that on 8 August 2014, Ms Regan Territt pushed or shoved the patient, referred to as Resident A, two times – once towards his bedroom and once into the bathroom, ….read more

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