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60-year-old man charged with directing IRA activites

Special Criminal Court

Three men have appeared before a Saturday sitting of the non-jury Special Criminal Court charged with membership of the IRA among other offences.

The men had been arrested by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.

Séamus McGrane (60), of Little Road, Domiskin, Co Louth, was charged with directing the activities of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, in respect of which a suppression order had been made, within the State on dates between December 23 2009 and May 13 2015 ….read more

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Like "something from a Russian novel": 74-year-old Russian man claims he was born in Dublin in 1940

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Sergey Chesnokov. Photo: Collins)

A 74 year old Russian man who claims he was born in Dublin has asked the High Court to set aside a refusal to have his Irish birth officially registered here.

The action has been brought by Mr Sergey Chesnokov, who claims he was born in a house at Dublin’s Henrietta Street at 8am on September 28th, 1940.

He is appealing against a decision by An tArd Chlaraitheoir (the Registrar General) – who has charge of registering all births within the State – not to register his Irish birth.

Mr Chesnokov, from Moscow, is seeking to have his ….read more

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Former businessman who shared child pornography images faces jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former businessman who shared child pornography images with up to 20 online contacts over one year is to be jailed on Monday.

Sean MacGiolla Deacair (56), of Carig Cuirte, Teach Sagard, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing child pornography at his former Temple Manor Close home in Dublin 12 on May 28, 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography in the State on July 22, 2009 and March 1, 2010. He has no previous convictions.

Judge Martin Nolan said there will be a jail sentence and remanded MacGiolla Deacair in custody to consider the length of the ….read more

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Phoenix Park murder accused changes plea to guilty after judge rules confession should go to jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ciaran Moran. Photo: Collins)

A 29-year-old homeless man has pleaded guilty to murdering another homeless man, whose body was found ablaze in a Dublin park with a toe amputated.

He changed his plea from not guilty after a judge ruled that his trial jury should hear his descriptive confession to the murder.

The Central Criminal Court heard that 36-year-old Gerard Donnelly had almost €150,000 in funds just weeks before Gardaí found his body on fire in the Phoenix Park. The father of one died of blunt force trauma to the head before being set alight and having his little toe amputated.

Ciaran ….read more

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Start of evidence in trial of former Anglo chairman delayed again

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Sean FitzPatrick. Photo: Collins)

The start of the evidence in the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick has been delayed again and is now not due to begin until late next week.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this week Judge Mary Ellen Ring said that legal argument in the absence of the jury would continue for a number of days.

Jurors were told last week that an illness is causing difficulty in the trial which has been repeatedly delayed for the last three weeks. They were asked then to return to court on Wednesday but were subsequently notified ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Dublin bus seeks orders preventing rival tour operator using green buses

High Court

Dublin Bus has asked the High Court for orders preventing a rival operator of open top bus sightseeing tours of the city from using any shade of the colour green on its vehicles, staff uniforms or promotional material.

The State company claims rival Dublin Coach recently commenced using a green coloured open top bus service bringing visitors to various landmarks around the capital.

Dublin Bus, which has operated its Dublin Bus Tours service on green coloured open top bus for several years, claims the new service is causing confusion among its customers. It wants the court to grant it a number ….read more

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