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GRA awarded costs of failed legal challenge to changes in sick pay entitlements

High Court

(Pictured: Garda Representative Association (L-R): Ciaran O Neill, Vice-President of the GRA, John Healy, Deputy General Secretary of the GRA and Dermot O Brien, President of the GRA)

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has awarded the Garda Representative Authority its legal costs in its failed High Court case seeking to excluded from changes to public sector workers sick pay entitlements.

The GRA, AGSI and the two organisations that represent Gardai Superintendents and Chief Superintendents sued the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, following the implementation of provisions of the 2014 Public Service Management (Sick Leave) Regulations, which reduce public service ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Suspended sentence for pharmacist in teacup ear slashing

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Dublin pharmacist has received a three year suspended sentence and ordered to pay €15,000 after he slashed the ear of an Italian rugby fan with a teacup in an unprovoked assault.

The attack came after Fergus Gallagher (32) took offence over an incident involving a cup of tea.

Gallagher later told gardaí he had no recollection of the assault as he had been drinking alcohol having earlier taken both anti-depressants and pain killers.

Gallagher of Rockford Terrace, Deansgrange Road, Blackrock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Andrea Muggetti at Sinnott’s Pub, South King Street on February ….read more

Mr Justice John Edwards

Arrest here of Nigerian drug trafficker was valid, High Court judge finds

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice John Edwards)

The arrest of a Nigerian man, who was sentenced to 20 years jail in Italy on drugs trafficking charges, was valid according to a High Court judge and the reasons will be outlined on Tuesday.

Yemi Moshood Olatunde (47), with an address at Sundale Parade, Tallaght, Dublin, was arrested by gardaí on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by Italian authorities.

Mr Olatunde was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Italy because he associated with other persons in order to commit offence concerning the distribution, trade and unlawful possession of large quantities of cocaine.

In particular, Mr Olatunde ….read more

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Man lost temper and shot work colleague in the buttock

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who lost his temper and shot a work colleague in the buttock at a Dublin recycling firm is to be sentenced later.

Anton Zefaj, an Albanian national who has been living in Ireland for the past 17 years under a false name, shot at mechanic Stankislaw Bognal six times following an argument over the maintenance of a truck. One bullet hit him in the buttock.

Mr Bognal has been left in fear of his life and paranoid as a result of the shooting.

Zefaj (34), of Hazelwood Crescent, Clondalkin, was found guilty after a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of ….read more

Calin Cucura

Charges dropped in abduction case

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Declan Brennan & Fiona Ferguson

Charges have been dropped against an arcade night manager who had been on trial accused of taking part in the abduction of a care assistant and father of nine.

The court heard the prosecution had insufficient evidence to proceed with the case.

Calin Cucura (31) was alleged by the prosecution to have been one of four men who bundled Sean Cummins into the back of a car, took him to an unknown location, and threatened to cut off his fingers one by one until his family paid money over.

Mr Cucura of Derrynane Square, Dublin and formerly ….read more

John Gerard McDonagh

Convicted murderer and rapist seeks access to forensic evidence gathered in 1998 investigation

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

John Gerard McDonagh, the man jailed for the murder and rape of teenager Siobhan Hynes almost 16 years ago has asked the High Court to allow experts access to forensic evidence gathered during the investigation into the schoolgirl’s death.

McDonagh (40) from The Demesne, Keeraunbeg, Carraroe, Co Galway, wants the samples taken during the investigation, including clothing, fibres, and nail clippings so scientists can conduct tests, including DNA analysis, that were not available at the time of his original trial.

McDonagh was convicted in 2001 of the rape and murder of 17-year-old Siobhán Hynes from Lettermore in Connemara ….read more

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