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Children left in legal limbo, High Court hears

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Two young children have been left in “a legal limbo” because the Adoption Authority of Ireland refuses to recognise their overseas adoption to an Irish-based couple, the High Court has heard.

The married couple, the wife who is the children’s biological aunt and are both Irish citizens, have launched High Court action aimed overturning the Authority’s decision that the children, a boy and a girl, are not eligible for adoption.

The parties involved in the case cannot be identified for legal reasons. In an affidavit to the court the husband said he found the decision “difficult to comprehend.”

Today Peter ….read more

Graham Dwyer

Trial of architect for murder of childcare worker brought forward three months

Central Criminal Court

The murder trial of Graham Dwyer has been moved forward three months, at the request of the defence.

Graham Dwyer is the man charged with murdering Dublin childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22nd, 2012.

Mr Dwyer of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock was not in the Central Criminal Court when his case was called today.

The 41-year-old architect is in custody awaiting trial, which was scheduled to begin on April 13th next year.

His barrister, Ronan Kennedy BL, informed Mr Justice Barry White that his client had been refused bail by the High Court, but had been told that he ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

No retrial of doormen who had assault convictions overturned

Court of Criminal Appeal

The Court of Criminal Appeal has ordered that there be no retrial of two nightclub doormen who had their convictions quashed for assaulting a drunken man who lost the tip of his finger when a door was closed against him.

Last month the appeal court found that the convictions of Frankie Murphy (44), of Stephen Street, Sligo, and John Molloy (33), of Creggs Road, Ballina, Co Mayo were unsafe and should be set aside.

In October 2011 the men were found guilty by a Sligo Circuit Criminal Court jury of assault causing harm to Paul Regan on February 18th, 2009.

Sentencing judge Michael ….read more

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Blood matching deceased’s found on candlestick holder, court hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a 30-year-old Sligo man accused of murdering a pensioner in his home has heard that blood matching the deceased’s was found on a candlestick holder and a drawer.

Simon McGinley of Connaughton Road, Sligo has pleaded not guilty to murder but has admitted the manslaughter of Eugene Gillespie (67) in Co. Sligo on September 22, 2012.

He has pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street on September 19, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not accepted by the State and McGinley’s trial ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man pleads not guilty to murder of Peter Gunn

Central Criminal Court

A 32-year-old Dublin man has pleaded not guilty to murdering another man in the city five years ago.

Alan Harte with an address at Clareville Grove in Glasnevin is charged with the murder of 29-year-old Peter Gunn on or about January 4th 2009 in Cabra Park, Cabra.

Dressed in a white shirt, he pleaded not guilty when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

The court heard that the incident related to an alleged stabbing in a flat in Cabra Park and that the accused is from the East Wall area of the city.

A jury of six men and six women was sworn ….read more

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Murder accused told gardai he hit and tied up pensioner

Central Criminal Court

A 30-year-old Sligo man accused of murdering a pensioner in his home told gardai he hit him and tied him up.

Simon McGinley of Connaughton Road, Sligo has pleaded not guilty to murder but has admitted the manslaughter of Eugene Gillespie (67) in Co. Sligo on September 22, 2012.

He has pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street on September 19, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not accepted by the State and a jury was sworn in for the two-week trial.

Today the jury watched ….read more

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