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Challenge to development in historic area of Georgian Dublin is fast-tracked

High Court

A High Court challenge against An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a €30m co-living development in a historic area of Georgian Dublin has been admitted to the fast-track Commercial Court list.

The action has been brought by the North Great George’s Street Preservation Society, which is comprised of local residents and wants the court to quash An Bord Pleanala’s decision to give the development, which contains 132 residential units, the go-ahead.

Permission to allow the development, located at North Great George’s Street and Hill Street in Dublin’s North inner city, was granted with 17 conditions attached in June ….read more

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Dad couriered cocaine to pay just €200 off his son's €50k debt

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes & Brion Hoban

A dad-of-seven who told gardaí he was couriering €70,000 in cocaine to help pay just €200 off his son’s €50,000 drug debt has been jailed for 12 months.

Former soldier John McElroy (60) was caught with a 1.1kg block of cocaine worth over €70,000 under the driver’s seat of his car after he was pulled over by gardaí in Cabra, Dublin on January 25 last year.

McElroy, with an address at Oakwood Park, Finglas, Dublin, told gardaí he had only accepted the package an hour earlier and that he was holding it in order to pay €200 ….read more

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Traveller family challenges suspension from housing list over father's convictions

High Court

A Traveller family has challenged the constitutionality of laws that a local authority say allow it to suspend them from its housing list after the father was convicted of two minor public order offences.

The family, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are challenging a 2019 decision by Wexford County Council to suspend the family – which consists of a husband, wife and two minor children – from the list.

Arising out of the father’s minor convictions, the council say that under provisions of the 1997 and 2009 Housing Acts they are permitted to refuse or defer letting a dwelling to ….read more

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Henry Hoover heroin stash sees dealer jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drug dealer who was caught stashing almost €115,000 worth of heroin in a Henry Hoover has been jailed for four years.

Alan Cox (31) from Ashwood Park, Clondalkin, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cannabis and diamorphine at his home on July 22, 2019.

Garda Ciaran O’Neill told Antonia Boyle BL, prosecuting, at a previous hearing last year, that he went to the accused man’s house after securing a search warrant and his partner answered the door.

When asked if there were any drugs on the premises, she said her partner may have some weed. She told ….read more

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Couple who fled Iraq attacked and racially abused by boy (13)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A couple who fled Iraq for the “safety” of Ireland were attacked on the Luas by a 13 year old boy who beat the man with an iron bar and made racial slurs against his wife, a court has heard.

The teenager, who is now 15 years old, attacked the couple as they were travelling on a Luas in Dublin in December 2019 – spitting a sweet at the woman and making racist comments before stealing the man’s rucksack and hitting him repeatedly with an 18cm iron bar.

Passengers on the Red Luas line remonstrated with the boy, who was one ….read more

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Trial of David Douglas murder accused hears of DNA and fingerprint evidence

Special Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of the murder of David Douglas, who was shot dead in Dublin five years ago, has heard that two of his fingermarks were found on one of the “spotter” cars used in the shooting.

Lee Canavan (31), with an address at Edenbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Douglas (55), who was shot six times at Shoestown, Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 1, on July 1, 2016. A semi-automatic pistol with its serial number removed was found next to his head.

The accused also denies a second charge of criminal damage to a Suzuki ….read more

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