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Irish High Court

Man wanted on terrorism charges loses bail bid

High Court

A 24-year-old man wanted in Northern Ireland on terrorism charges has been refused bail at the High Court.

Ryan McKenna is wanted by authorities in the United Kingdom to face charges relating to conspiracy to cause an explosion, the possession of explosives with intent to endanger life and the possession of explosives in Lurgan, Co Armagh in 2007.

The court was told that Mr McKenna was arrested at Cross, Co Mayo on September 9 last on foot of a European Arrest Warrant endorsed in August.

It also heard that the Lurgan native’s three co-accused had already pleaded guilty to the offences.

Following an application ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Closing Speeches in Mary Ryan Murder Trial

Central Criminal Court

A prosecutor has told a murder trial that the injuries that led to a Drogheda woman’s death were inconsistent with the version of events given by her boyfriend, who is charged with her murder.

The Central Criminal Court trial has heard that Mary Ryan was found unconscious in her boyfriend’s Dublin bedsit last year. An autopsy found she died due to neck compression and blunt force trauma to the head.

Waldemar Solowiow of Sherrard Street Upper in Dublin is charged with murdering the 37-year-old at that address between the 18th and 19th of May, 2012.

The unemployed welder and mechanic has pleaded not ….read more

Vinnie Ryan

Brother of Alan Ryan found not guilty of firearms possession by direction

Special Criminal Court

A brother of murdered dissident republican Alan Ryan and another man have been found not guilty of the possession of an assault rifle and a handgun by direction of the Special Criminal Court.

The non-jury court this morning ruled that there was an insufficient evidential basis from which a jury properly directed could find Vincent Ryan (22) and his co-accused Darragh Evans (23) were guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Having been in custody since September 2012, both Mr Ryan and Mr Evans walked out the front door of the Criminal Courts of Justice complex on Parkgate Street in Dublin.

Both men had pleaded ….read more

Sean Connolly, (34) wearing a Grey Tracksuit, from Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell in Dublin arriving at the Special Criminal Court (File Picture)

Lawyers for Eamon Kelly murder accused ask for more time

Special Criminal Court

Lawyers for a Dublin man charged with murdering veteran criminal Eamon Kelly have asked for more time to consider evidence disclosed in the case.

In December last year Sean Connolly (34), of Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, appeared before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with murdering Mr Kelly at Furry Park Road, Killester on Dublin’s north-side, on December 4th, 2012.

Mr Connolly was also charged with IRA membership and with possession of a firearm on the same occasion.

Counsel for the accused man, Ms Siobhan Ni Chulachain BL, this morning told the non-jury court that the defence were furnished with ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Three men on trial over Limerick killing

Central Criminal Court

Three men have gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court in connection with the death of a man in Limerick city last year.

Sean Flanagan (28) and Paul Colbert (46) both of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick have pleaded not guilty to murdering Gerard McMahon at that address on January 18 2012.

Ian Flanagan (24) of the same address has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assisting an offender on the same date.

The trial begins on Thursday and is expected to last up to six weeks.

Irish Special Criminal Court

Limerick man charged with IRA membership to be allowed to travel to Lithuania for second time

Special Criminal Court

A Limerick man who is on bail on a charge of IRA membership will be allowed to travel to Lithuania for a second time this year despite the objections of gardai.
The Special Criminal Court this morning (Thursday) acceded to an application for an easing of the bail restrictions imposed on 31-year-old Thomas McMahon until November 6th to allow him go on holiday to Lithuania.
Mr McMahon and his co-accused Noel Noonan (34) were arrested in February on the N24 near Cahir, Co Tipperary by members of the Special Detective Unit and other garda units as part of an investigation in to ….read more

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