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Injunction over lands earmarked for data centre to continue

High Court

The High Court has extended an injunction preventing the alleged former owner of lands in Co Wicklow from trespassing on the property, which is now earmarked for a data centre.

The court also rejected a parallel motion in the case, where the respondent and his brothers sought an injunction preventing Fane Investments Limited from marketing, leasing or disposing of the lands in question, pending the outcome of the full hearing of their own claim against Fane.

Mr Justice Tony O’Connor granted the order in favour of Fane restraining Mr Brian McDonagh, who the plaintif says is a former owner of lands it ….read more

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Accountant didn't realise account was being used by friend to defraud workplace

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An accountant who allowed his friend to use his bank account without realising the man was stealing from the financial services company they worked for has been given a suspended sentence.

Kasim Muchhala (34) of Temple Woods, Greenhills Road, Dublin 24, allowed his friend and colleague, referred to in court as “Suspect A”, to use his account a number of times between January 2019 and October 2019. He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to money laundering, on the basis of recklessness, when €72,070 was transferred into his account.

Detective Garda David Egan said Suspect A stole a total of €1.2 ….read more


Waiter who was told 'there is the door' awarded €34k for unfair dismissal


A waiter who was told “go, there is the door” after a disagreement with his manager at a south Dublin restaurant has been awarded €34,560 by the Workplace Relations Commission for unfair dismissal.

Stephen Ng received a further four weeks’ pay and €960 for his employer’s failure to provide him with terms of employment or to give him a notice period after ending his employment.

He had worked since 2016 as a senior waiter at the Orchid Restaurant on Pembroke Road in Dublin 4 before he was dismissed in February 2019.

Adjudicating officer Caroline Reidy, in her decision, wrote that there was “no ….read more

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Teen with mental health difficulties had knife outside garda station three times

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A young woman with mental health difficulties will be sentenced next week after she admitted having a knife in her possession outside Blackrock Garda Station on three occasions.

Alina Buckley (19), who was experiencing severe mental health difficulties at the time, was also abusive towards gardai during these incidents.

Buckley of Trimleston Gardens, Booterstown pleaded guilty to possession of a knife at three locations in the vicinity of Blackrock Garda Station on January 20, 2020, February 1, 2020 and May 15, 2020.

She also pleaded guilty to a count of threatening behaviour at Sweetman’s Avenue, Blackrock on April 10, 2020. Buckley ….read more

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Coursing club claims it's been 'aggressively' locked out of grounds

High Court

Members of the County Kerry Coursing Club have claimed before the High Court that they have been “wrongfully” and “aggressively” locked out of grounds that have been used for hare coursing for well over 100 years.

The court heard that the club has been locked out of Ballybeggan Park, the site of the former Tralee Racecourse, since June 18 last when new locks were put on the gates of the facility. The club claims that it has been locked out by Ballybeggan Park Company Limited, the entity that owns and operates the lands.

The club, represented by David Sutton SC and Elizabeth ….read more

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O'Doherty & Waters won't have to pay State's legal costs in Covid laws challenge

High Court

(Pictured: Ms Gemma O’Doherty & Mr John Waters. Photo: Collins)

The Supreme Court has ruled that Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters do not have to pay the legal fees incurred by the State in defending a failed challenge by the two applicants against the constitutionality of laws introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Giving the court’s decision, Chief Justice Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell said the court had to take into account the nature of the arguments and the fundamentally important issue raised in the case, along with the fact that the applicants did not seek to make any personal gain from ….read more

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