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Three convicted of Real IRA weapons and explosives conspiracy seek damages

High Court

Three men who were convicted and received lengthy prison sentences for trying to acquire explosives and weapons for the Real IRA are seeking damages for a period of their incarceration that was deemed by the Irish Courts to have been unlawful.

The actions have been brought by Fintan O’Farrell, Declan Rafferty and Michael McDonald, who are all from Co Louth.

The State defendants reject their claims and say their rights were not breached and they are not entitled to any award of damages.

The three, following an attempt to source arms and the financial support of the Iraqi Government, were arrested by Slovak ….read more


Garda impersonator avoids jail despite 'annoying' judge 'in the extreme'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Dorian Brylewicz. Photo: Collins)

By Sonya McLean and Declan Brennan

A young man who drove around with a blue flashing light on his car pretending to be a garda during lockdown has avoided a jail term despite “annoying” the sentencing judge “in the extreme”.

Dorian Brylewicz (23) and another man stopped a number of people in April 2020 claiming to be gardaí.

Brylewicz was driving the Audi A3 with a blue flashing light on the dashboard when he stopped one man walking his dog. The men claimed they were gardaí but when the walker asked for identification they got back into the car ….read more

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Taxi driver caught with €112k in secret compartment

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A taxi driver who was caught concealing €112,000 in crime cash in a secret compartment in his car has been jailed for 18 months.

Vincent Kelly (37) of Dundaniel Road, Kilmore, Artane, Dublin 5 had previously pleaded guilty to money laundering at his address on January 16, 2021. He has four previous convictions for road traffic offences.

Passing sentence today, Judge Melanie Greally acknowledged Kelly had taken “significant steps” towards rehabilitation but she found that the nature of the offence also required a general deterrence.

The judge noted that the money, €112,000, had not been for the defendant’s use and Kelly ….read more


Mum tells murder trial that son starting buying 'nice clothes' and made trips to Amsterdam

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Victim Jordan Davis’ mother, Sandra Davis, who gave evidence today. Photo: Collins)

The mother of a 22-year-old man who was shot dead as he pushed a pram containing his four-month-old son knew he was dealing drugs when he started buying nice clothes and traveling to Amsterdam, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The court also heard that when he was arrested in relation to the murder of Mr Davis the accused man Wayne Cooney told a garda: “Who’s that? I know nothing of any murder.”

The prosecution alleges that Jordan Davis was shot dead after he failed to repay a ….read more

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Doctor tells tribunal she was 'unnerved' by 'inappropriate' garda visit over sick cert


A doctor has told the Disclosures Tribunal that she was “unnerved” by an “inappropriate” visit to her surgery from a Garda inspector over a sick certificate she issued to a retired sergeant who alleges bullying and harassment against Garda management.

The tribunal has heard that the retired sergeant received a certificate from the doctor recommending he could only return to work if he did not come in contact with his superintendent, or attend the Co Cork station at which his superior was based.

The inspector has told the tribunal that he had “never” seen a medical certificate stating that a Garda was ….read more


Woman 'under control' of violent partner avoids jail for storing drugs

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Clare O’Connor. Photo: Collins)

A woman who agreed to allow drugs to be stored in her home because she was under the control of her violent partner has been given a four-year suspended sentence.

Clare O’Connor (35) of the Horizon Building, Ashtown, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having various drugs at her home, with a total street value of €47,407, on November 17, 2019. She has a previous conviction for bringing drugs to her partner in Mountjoy prison the previous year.

Garda Brian O’Toole agreed with Anne Marie Lawlor SC, defending, that at the time of her ….read more

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