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Mr Justice Peter Charleton

“Not conceivable” that journalists were negatively briefed about McCabe, Chairman says


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

By Gerard Cunningham

The chairman of the Disclosures Tribunal has said it is not conceivable based on the evidence he has heard so far that journalists were negatively briefed about whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe by senior garda officers.

“I regard it as not conceivable that there was any such communication on the state of evidence as it now exists,” Mr Justice Peter Charleton said.

This morning, on day 92 of the inquiry, the tribunal heard evidence from two Irish Examiner journalists who both claimed privilege in relation to any conversations they may have had with confidential sources.

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Sandra Higgins

Childminder goes on trial accused of causing serious harm to baby

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Sandra Higgins. Credit: Collins)

The retrial of a Cavan child-minder accused of causing serious harm to a 10-month-old baby has opened at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Sandra Higgins (37) of The Beeches, Drumgola Wood, Cavan, has pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to the baby at the accused’s home on March 28, 2012.

In his opening address, prosecution counsel Kerida Naidoo SC said the jury would hear how the baby girl was admitted to Cavan General Hospital having seizures and looking “pale and floppy” on that date.

Mr Naidoo said there would be evidence that the baby’s injuries ….read more

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Protected witness tells trial of “shaking” as Hutch murder accused wiped down gun

Special Criminal Court

A protected witness has told a murder trial of how she was “shaking” when two of the accused called to her flat and wiped down handguns on the evening before Gareth Hutch was shot dead.

The State witness said that the following morning, accused Jonathan Keogh was told by another man “Right Johnny we are on” before both men chased after Mr Hutch as he emerged from his flat.

The witness also said Mr Keogh was “bulling up, getting angry and going red in the face” during an heated exchange with Mr Hutch on the day before the shooting. She said ….read more

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Unsigned tax form “didn’t amount to a hill of beans”, Lowry trial hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Michael Lowry TD. Credit: Collins)

A corporation tax form submitted on behalf of Michael Lowry’s business “didn’t amount to a hill of beans” because it was unsigned, barristers for the company have said.

The trial has been hearing from Revenue officers in relation to the accused’s tax returns for both himself and his company.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that an income tax return for the year ending 2002 was submitted on behalf of Mr Lowry in October 2003 using Revenue Online Service (ROS). It indicated that the accused had a total income of €151,050, including a public office salary of €69,515, ….read more

Four Courts building

Government to appeal finding that “Hooded Men” were not tortured

High Court

The Irish Government is to appeal the European Court of Human Right’s finding that 14 men in Northern Ireland were not tortured when detained by the British Army in 1971.

The announcement of the appeal to the ECHR’s Grand Chamber of a ruling made last March comes the day after a daughter of one of the men, Mary McKenna, whose late father Sean McKenna was one of the detainees known as “the hooded men,” brought proceedings against the State.

She had sought an order from the Irish High Court compelling the government to urgently inform her if the State intends to appeal ….read more

Four Courts dome

Talks between consultants and HSE to continue overnight

High Court

Talks aimed at resolving breach of contract actions brought by consultant doctors against the Health Service Executive and the State are continuing, the High Court has heard.

The hearing of several lead cases in the dispute was due to commence last week but was adjourned to Tuesday to facilitate talks aimed at resolving the dispute.

On Tuesday at the High Court, Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh was asked by parties to allow the sides additional time to see if the talks could produce a resolution.

The case was put back to the afternoon when, just after 3:20pm, the court was asked ….read more

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