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Fahy Hickey

Council worker jailed for 10 years over rape and abuse of sisters

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Sisters Deirdre Fahy (L) and Stephanie Hickey (C), surrounded by their family, leave the Central Criminal Court today Credit: Collins)

A former county council worker has been sentenced to 10 years for rape and the sexual abuse of two sisters and a third woman over the course of 12 years.

Stephanie Hickey (46) along with her sister, Deirdre Fahy (52), waived their right to anonymity at a sentence hearing last July so their abuser and brother-in-law Bartholomew Prendergast (66) could be named.

Reading from her victim impact statement, Ms Hickey asked how the abuse could have continued when Prendergast was “supposedly fixed” ….read more

Greg Walsj

Former charity director who stole over €1m rushed to hospital

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Greg Walsh. Credit: Collins)

by Aoife Nic Ardghail & Brion Hoban

A former charity director due to be sentenced for stealing over €1 million from a voluntary organisation and from friends and family was rushed to hospital at the weekend, a court has heard.

Greg Walsh (70) of Woodbrook Crescent, Castleknock, Dublin, came to court on signed guilty pleas to 119 thefts totalling €998,476 from various parties, including Carline Learning Centre in Dublin, between 2008 and 2016.

He affirmed further signed guilty pleas to four thefts tootling €150,000 from Bank of Ireland on dates in February and March 2015.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Armed burglar loses sentence appeal

Court of Appeal

A man who broke into a Galway home with an underage accomplice armed with a hunting knife and hatchet has lost an appeal against his six year sentence.

Dominic Downes (23), with an address at Doire Beag, Knocknacarra, Co Galway, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary of a house in Hazel Park, Newcastle, on September 24, 2016.

He was sentenced at Galway Circuit Criminal Court to six years imprisonment by Judge Rory McCabe on July 18, 2017. His co-accused, who was a minor and in the care of the HSE at the time, received a four-year suspended sentence on a different date. ….read more

Grainne Mulligan

Dad of two was "brutally, viciously killed" through no fault of his own, family say

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Grainne Mulligan, wife of the deceased Martin Mulligan. Credit: Collins)

The daughter of a taxi driver who was stabbed and left to die on the side of the road has told the Central Criminal Court that he was “brutally, viciously and inhumanely killed for no fault of his own”.

The Central Criminal Court heard victim impact statements from the mother, wife, daughters and siblings of 53-year-old Martin Mulligan, who died from stab wounds at Carnmore, Balriggan, Dundalk, Co Louth on September 28, 2015.

A jury found Joseph Hillen (24) of Glendasha Road, Forkhill, Co Armagh guilty of his manslaughter by ….read more

Four Courts building

HSE sues Laya Healthcare over payment of private patient charges

High Court

An action by the HSE against Laya Healthcare over the payment of charges for the treatment of private patients in public hospitals has been admitted to the fast-track Commercial Court list.

The dispute arises out of the HSE’s interpretation of certain sections of the 1970 Health Act that once a private patient being treated in a public hospital opts to receive private care, the patient or insurer becomes liable for the payment of charges incurred for the time they spend in the public hospital.

The HSE claims that the insurer has adopted a position where it believes private patients ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Five-year jail term for child sex assault is upheld

Court of Appeal

A Cork man who lifted a 10-year-old girl from her bed while she was sleeping has lost an appeal against sentence for sexual assault.

Seán Garvey (52) of Hartland’s Avenue, The Lough, had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the girl at a house in Cork on February 6, 2016.

He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to seven years imprisonment with the final two years suspended by Judge Gerard O’Brien on June 1, 2017.

The victim is not related to Garvey. Her family wanted Garvey named in the media following his sentencing. However, it is not possible to ….read more

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