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Peter Charleton

Quarry operating near "sensitive sites" loses challenge over environmental assessment

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Peter Charleton)

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has rejected a challenge by a quarry operator near Ashford Castle in Co Mayo against a decision that an EIA is required as part of an application for a major extension of works at the quarry.

McGrath Limestone Works had asked the High Court to quash a requirement by both Mayo Co Council and An Bord Pleanala that it carry out an environmental assessment of it activities as part of its application for planning permission to extend it activities at the quarry.

It claimed that it was not required to carry out an ….read more

Irish High Court

Man accused of murdering dissident republican refused bail by High Court

High Court

A man accused of murdering dissident republican Peter Butterly in a Co Meath car park last year has been refused bail at the High Court.

Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny is one of three men charged with the murder of Mr Buttlerly (35) at the Huntsman Inn in Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6, 2013.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan are also charged with the murder.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath are also charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise ….read more

Patrick Lee

Judgement date to be set in October in case of man wanted over alleged scheme to defraud banks

High Court

A date will be set for judgment next October in the case of a Co Kildare man wanted by US authorities to face fraud, money laundering, and identity theft charges.

Patrick Lee (41) is alleged to have knowingly engaged in a scheme with others to intentionally defraud numerous US banks and mortgage lenders out of loans for properties, which were never repaid.

American authorities have sought his extradition in order that he be prosecuted for 51 offences including 29 counts of wire fraud, 6 counts of unlawful monetary transaction and 16 counts of aggravated identity theft.

Mr Lee, with an address at Newtown, ….read more

Philip Gillick

Tributes on retirement of long-serving usher

Special Criminal Court

Warm tributes were paid at the Special Criminal Court this morning to Court Usher Mr Philip Gillick, who has retired after more than 40 years services in the courts.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said that Mr Gillick had been his usher for the past ten years and had been an “enormous source of help” for him over that period.

He said he was fortunate to have him as his usher and wished him well in the future.

Mr Vincent Heneghan BL said that on behalf of the practitioners of the Bar he wished Mr Gillick a “long and fruitful retirement”. He ….read more

Martin Conmey

Meath man's conviction for 1971 killing declared a miscarriage of justice

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The Court of Criminal Appeal has declared a Co Meath man’s conviction for killing his 19-year-old neighbour over four decades ago was a miscarriage of justice.

In 2010 Martin Conmey (63) was acquitted of the manslaughter of Una Lynskey, 38 years after being jailed for three years for the offence.

Today the CCA comprised of Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, sitting with Mr Justice Brian McGovern, and Mr Justice Micheal White said Mr Conmey’s conviction amounted to a miscarriage of justice.

The CCA said “it seems obvious in the present case there has been a grave defect in the administration of justice ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury in Roma teen murder trial told they got "master class in perjury"

Central Criminal Court

The lawyer for the Dublin man charged with murdering teenager Marioara Rostas has said the jury got ‘a master class in perjury’ from the State’s main witness.

Michael O’Higgins SC was giving his closing speech at the the Central Criminal Court today in trial of the 35-year-old man charged with the Dublin murder.

Alan Wilson of New Street Gardens in the capital has pleaded not guilty to 18-year-old’s murder at a house on Brabazon Street, The Coombe between January 7 and January 8, 2008.

The trial has heard that the Romanian girl had been begging with her brother in Dublin City on January ….read more

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