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Marriage referendum appeal court challenge adjourned to Friday

Court of Appeal

An application for a stay aimed at restraining the issuing of a certificate verifying the result of the same sex marriage referendum has been adjourned to tomorrow’s sitting of the Court of Appeal.

Gerry Walshe, an electrician of Lisdeen, Co Clare, wants to appeal last week’s refusal by the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, of permission to Mr Walshe to bring a petition challenging the May 22nd referendum.

The proposal allowing for same sex marriage was supported by 62.07 per cent of voters, 1,201,607, million people while 734,300 (37.93 per cent) voted against. Voter turnout was ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Serial burglar has sentence backdated on appeal

Court of Appeal

A burglar who had a lamp thrown at him while on the rural homeowner’s property has had his sentence backdated on appeal.

Nicky O’Driscoll (37), of Killala Gardens, Knocknaheeny, Cork, had pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to burglary committed at Inishannon, Co Cork on January 7 2014.

He was sentenced to three years imprisonment with the final six months suspended by Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin on May 12 2014.

O’Driscoll moved to appeal his sentence today on grounds that the sentencing court was incorrectly informed that he had 20 previous convictions for burglary when he actually had eight.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Suspended sentence for man who harassed former girlfriend

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Tipperary man who stalked and harassed his former girlfriend for over six months in an attempt to rekindle their relationship has been given a suspended sentence.

David Nevin (40) sent text messages to Patricia Dardis, phoned her, emailed her, sent faxes to her office, hand-written notes to her home, turned up at her place of work and home, and at one point tried to contact the CEO of the firm where she worked.

Nevin of Terryglass, Nenagh, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassment of Ms Dardis from August 2012 to February 2013 at locations in Dublin.

Judge Martin Nolan ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

IRA membership trial continues in voir dire

Special Criminal Court

The trial of seven Dublin men accused of IRA membership has continued hearing evidence in a trial within a trial to determine the admissibility of evidence relating to a search warrant and the arrest
of the accused at the house in Tallaght.

Yesterday the court heard that Gardai found two packages containing tightly folded paper wrapped in clingfilm that were allegedly communications from prisoners in Portlaoise Prison on a coffee table
in a front room where the seven men were gathered.

At the opening of the trial on Wednesday, Ms Tara Burns SC said it was the prosecution case that the seven accused men ….read more

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Accomplished soccer player has €400k cannabis possession sentence cut on appeal

Court of Appeal

An accomplished soccer player forced to retire due to kidney failure has had his sentence for possession of cannabis worth more than €400,000 reduced by the Court of Appeal.

James Farmer (36), of Phibblestown House, Clonee, Co Meath, had pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Newland’s Cross, Dublin and at Phibblestown House on January 28 2011.

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Judge Martin Nolan on February 27 2012.

Farmer successfully appealed his sentence today on grounds that the sentencing judge did not give sufficient weight to his medical problems and ….read more

Keith McCarthy

Former drugs counsellor gets suspended sentence for his part in post office raid

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Keith McCarthy. Photo: Collins)

A former chef and drugs counsellor has received a suspended jail sentence for his part in the robbery of a packed post office during which his accomplice threatened a cashier.

The raiders made off with over €10,000. Recovering drug addict Keith McCarthy (38) took part in the raid after he had just relapsed into drug use.

McCarthy had been clean of drugs for ten years. He and his accomplice later escaped on a bicycle with one of them sitting on the crossbar.

The second raider, who had been armed with a lump hammer, was never charged and died shortly ….read more

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