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'Limerick Whiskey' row resolved

High Court

A High Court dispute over the use of the name ‘Limerick Whiskey’ on a brand of spirits has been resolved.

The action was brought by Mr Nicholas Ryan and the company he set up, Limerick Spirits Company Ltd, against Mssrs Anthony Foote, Liam McInerney and Michael Fitzgerald and a linked company called Limerick Distillery Company Ltd.

Mr Ryan and his company sought various orders including injunctions preventing the defendants from using the name ‘Limerick Whiskey’, which it was claimed they intended to do.

The plaintiffs had also sought orders restraining the defendants from using confidential information allegedly obtained from them, ….read more

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Munster Abuse case 'built on the strength and truth of the children', State tells jury

Central Criminal Court

By Isabel Hayes

The prosecution case against five family members accused of child abuse is “an edifice built on the strength and the truth of the children” involved, a jury has been told.

“This is an extraordinary case involving multiple allegations by multiple children of multiple wrong-doing over multiple years,” Bernard Condon SC, prosecuting, told the Central Criminal Court jury in his closing speech today.

“It’s quite extraordinary in that sense.”

The five family members, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are accused of abusing three children between 2014 and 2016. The accused are the parents, aunt and uncles of the children. They ….read more

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Man to go on trial accused of murdering Nadine Lott

Central Criminal Court

A 34-year-old man who admits killing his former partner at her house in Wicklow but denies her murder will go on trial tomorrow at the Central Criminal Court.

Daniel Murtagh of Melrose Grove, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, is charged with the murder of 30-year-old Nadine Lott at St Mary’s Court, Arklow, Co Wicklow on December 17, 2019.

When arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this afternoon, Mr Murtagh pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to her manslaughter at that address.

The plea was not accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Mr Justice Michael White swore a ….read more

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Third defendant arrested after investigation into serious organised crime pleads guilty

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Thomas Rooney. Credit: Collins)

A third person arrested as part of a garda investigation targeting a serious organised crime gang has pleaded guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court this morning (TUESDAY) to having over €350k in crime cash.

Thomas Rooney (41) was arrested in May last year after officers of the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) intercepted a number of vehicles in Drogheda and uncovered hundreds of thousands of euro in vacuum-packed notes.

Arraigned on a single charge before the three-judge court today (TUESDAY), Rooney of Betaghstown Wood, Bettystown, Co Meath pleaded guilty (GUILTY) to possessing property that ….read more

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Former SF Councillor accused of Regency Hotel murder challenges jurisdiction of Special Criminal Court

Special Criminal Court

Former Sinn Fein Councillor Jonathan Dowdall, who is accused of the Regency Hotel murder, has launched a High Court challenge against the jurisdiction of the non-jury Special Criminal Court to hear his trial.

Dowdall (43) is charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9, on February 5, 2016.

Last April the DPP certified that under the 1939 Offences Against the State Act, the accused’s trial should not proceed before an ordinary court and that Mr Dowdall should be tried before the non-jury Special Criminal Court (SCC).

Dowdall, with an address on The Navan ….read more

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Former Dublin hurler has conditions of robbery sentence altered

Court of Appeal

by Seán McCárthaigh

A former Dublin senior county hurler and heroin addict has won his appeal to have the conditions of his three-year jail sentence for robbing a post office in Co Longford varied.

The Court of Appeal agreed to an application by Alan Coyne (46) of Ballinaree Cottage, Edgeworthsown, Co Longford, to extend the time limit for him to pay compensation to his victims.

Coyne was sentenced to five years in prison with the final two years suspended at Longford Circuit Criminal Court in May 2020 after pleading guilty to the robbery of the post office in Ardagh, Co Longford on October ….read more

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