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Luke O'Reilly

Lunney accused told gardai: 'I know why you're here'

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Luke O’Reilly. Credit: Collins)

A man who denies assisting Kevin Lunney’s abductors by buying bleach and providing the site where he was imprisoned and beaten, told gardai, “I have nothing to hide,” when they arrived at his house with a search warrant, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Luke O’Reilly also told gardai that he was “definitely not” involved in the dispute over Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH), of which Mr Lunney is a director, and wouldn’t know Kevin Lunney if he met him.

Gardai arrived at Luke O’Reilly’s home at about 1pm on September 20, 2019, three days after Mr Lunney had ….read more

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Mandatory sentencing in drug trafficking law unconstitutional, High Court finds

High Court

The High Court has struck down a 12-year prison sentence imposed on a convicted drug dealer who was involved in running a “cocaine factory” after finding that a section of anti-drug trafficking legislation on mandatory sentencing is unconstitutional.

In his judgement, Mr Justice Michael Twomey agreed with submissions made on behalf of Sean McManus, who is currently serving a sentence for drug dealing, that Section 27 (3F) of the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act was unconstitutional.

The judge found the section was unconstitutional as it has the effect of requiring a court to impose a mandatory minimum sentence on a limited ….read more

Kelly Noble

Convicted killer Kelly Noble carried out two violent city robberies in 30 minutes

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(File Picture: Kelly Noble. Credit: Collins)

By Stephen Bourke

A convicted killer has pleaded guilty to two violent robberies in the space of just half an hour on a weekend night in the heart of Dublin’s entertainment district, one of which left hospitalised her victim.

Kelly Noble (36), of Hogan Court, St Peter’s in Dublin, pleaded guilty to robbing a woman’s handbag and a €20 note from her friend just after midnight on September 24, 2017 on South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, and two counts of attempted robbery.

She also pleaded guilty to robbing a man 30 minutes later on the same night, ….read more

Frederick Hunt

FBI investigation sees former Irish Times worker (75) jailed for producing child abuse material

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Frederick Hunt. Credit: Collins)

By Declan Brennan and Fiona Ferguson

A 75-year-old former Irish Times worker has been jailed for two years after an FBI investigation led gardai to uncover the production, distribution and possession of child abuse material.

Frederick Hunt told gardaí that boredom at work and curiosity about the internet led to the offending, which involved hundreds of graphic images and videos of child abuse. Gardai also found “essay type stories” describing the sexual abuse of children which led to production charges.

The offences were uncovered in 2012, but the court heard because of the delay and backlogs in the ….read more

Larry Keane

Killer who beat 'Bomber' Keane to death fails in appeal

Court of Appeal

(File Picture: Larry ‘Bomber’ Keane. Credit: Collins)

by Seán McCárthaigh

A two-time killer who beat dissident republican Laurence “Bomber” Keane to death in Co Kildare eight years ago has lost his appeal against his conviction for the murder.

The Court of Appeal ruled today there were no grounds raised in the appeal to find that the trial at which Séamus Morgan was found guilty of Keane’s murder was unfair or that the verdict was unsafe.

Morgan of The Hollands, Athy, Co Kildare was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2016 for the murder of his former friend in a dark laneway near the Greenhills ….read more

Four Courts

Freezing order varied to allow boss of collapsed charities platform pay legal fees

High Court

The High Court has varied a freezing order made against retired businessman Peter Conlon, the former boss of collapsed charities fundraising service Pembroke Dynamic and two related entities.

The variation was made to allow Mr Conlon discharge a sum just over €40,000 in legal fees.

Mr Conlon was the founder and head of Pembroke Dynamic Internet Services Ltd and related companies Ammado Technology Limited and the Ammado Foundation, which were put into liquidation in 2018.

The liquidator of those firms, Myles Kirby, subsequently brought proceedings against Mr Conlon as part of his probe into what happened to some €3.8m in donations to dozens ….read more

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