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Dublin murder trial adjourned

Central Criminal Court

The trial has been adjourned of a 32-year-old Dublin man charged with murdering another man in the city five years ago.

Alan Harte with an address at Clareville Grove in Glasnevin, but from East Wall, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 29-year-old Peter Gunn on or about January 4th 2009 in Cabra Park, Cabra.

He was due to go on trial before the Central Criminal Court today.

However Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told the jury of six men and six women that he had to adjourn the matter for a day for legal reasons.

The trial will now start tomorrow morning, and ….read more

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Men plead guilty to IRA membership in trial adjourned over garda recording system

Special Criminal Court

Two Limerick men have pleaded guilty to IRA membership in advance of their Special Criminal Court trial, which had been adjourned in what was the first criminal case affected by the garda taping revelations.

The trial of Thomas McMahon (31) and his co-accused Noel Noonan (34) had been adjourned until today to allow the defence consider employing an expert to physically examine Clonmel and Cahir garda stations, where the men were detained after arrest.

The non-jury court had already heard expert evidence that there were no recording facilities at the two stations.

Ms Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, told the court that progress had ….read more

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GRA lauches sick pay challenge

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The body that represents 11,500 rank and file Gardai has launched a High Court challenge aimed at preventing new regulations concerning payment for members on sick leave from coming into effect.

Lawyers for the Garda Representative Association (GRA) has brought proceedings against the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin over the implementation of provisions of the 2014 Public Service Management (Sick Leave) Regulations.

The new regulations, aimed at obtaining substantial savings in the area of public service sick leave entitlements, were enacted earlier this month and are due to come into force from today April 1.

The ….read more

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Man charged with IRA membership to seek clarification on garda recordings

Special Criminal Court

Lawyers for a Cork man charged with IRA membership and firearms offences are to seek clarification on whether there were recording facilities in the garda station where he was detained after arrest, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Anthony Carroll (30) and his co-accused Brian Walsh (43) are due to stand trial tomorrow on a charge of membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on February 23, 2013.

Carroll, of Curaheen Close, Bishopstown and Walsh, with an address at Connolly Road, Ballyphehane, Cork are charged with the ….read more

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Men who received drugs sentences totalling 34 years have convictions overturned

Court of Criminal Appeal

Three Dublin men who received jail terms totaling 34 years for having €52,000 worth of heroin have had their convictions quashed on appeal.

The Court of Criminal Appeal today overturned the convictions of Jason Comerford (42), Don Brennan (38) and Dermot Griffin (54) who were jailed in July 2011 having been found guilty by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury.

Mr Comerford, who is originally from Ballyfermot but has a last address at Gandon Court, Lucan and Mr Brennan, of Rossmore Avenue, Ballyfermot each pleaded not guilty to possession of the drugs for sale or supply in Waterstown Park, Riversdale Estate, Palmerstown ….read more

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Soldier takes High Court challenge to discharge after cocaine test

High Court

A soldier who tested positive for cocaine has brought a High Court challenge aimed at preventing his discharge from the Permanent Defence Force.

The action is being brought by Private Christopher Maher, from Co Tipperary, who is stationed in Kilkenny. He tested positive for cocaine following a compulsory random drug test in March 2013.

Private Maher denies ever taking the drug, and says he ingested the drug accidentally. He says he was at a party the night before undergoing the random drug test, where illegal substances were taken by others.

The urine sample he provided had a reading of 150ng/ml of benzoylecgonine ….read more

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