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Council's refusal to extend time limit for scheme it's own housing unit has agreed to buy into is 'absurd', High Court told

High Court

Galway County Council’s refusal to extend the time limit on planning permission for a nearly complete scheme of houses that the local authority’s own housing unit has agreed to buy into is “absurd”, a developer has told the High Court.

The court heard that the houses are “urgently required”.

The action has been brought by Newmar Global Properties, which is developing 120 houses, 11 apartments and a creche at the Tubber Road, Gort in South Co Galway.

Newmar claims that it has not been given a substantial reason by the council for its decision to turn down its applications to extend the ….read more

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Serial robber made away with bag of fruit after raid on vintage store

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A serial robber who came out with only a bag of fruit and a chocolate bar after holding up a vintage clothes shop has been jailed for six and a half years for this and a series of other raids.

In a more successful raid on a city centre adult store, Patrick Fahey (47) took €400 in cash after jumping the counter. Fahey of Druid Court, Ballymun, Dublin, pleaded guilty to seven counts relating to robberies and attempted robberies which took place on dates between August 22, 2019 and October 15, 2019 at various locations in Dublin.

He also ….read more

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Case of man who exposed himself to neighbour 'somewhat concerning'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A judge has said it is “somewhat concerning” that the case of a man who gained entry to his neighbour’s apartment before exposing his penis to her as her children played on the floor is on the record as a trespass offence.

Judge Melanie Greally previously commented that although a plea to the trespass offence had been accepted, this was a case of “sexual misconduct” and would normally involve some form of future supervision.

The judge said she was of the view that a full and thorough risk assessment was needed and she today sentenced Waqas Ahmed to four months in prison, ….read more


Fashion giant Prada reneged on promise to switch worker to part time hours, WRC told


A trainee teacher says the international fashion house Prada reneged on a promise to let her switch to part-time hours at its Kildare Village store when the time came for her to do her school placement.

Hayleigh Hernon has lodged complaints under the Unfair Dismissals Act, the Payment of Wages Act, the Organisation of Working Time Act, and the Terms of Employment Act against the Prada store at the Kildare Village shopping centre, Nurney Road, Kildare.

She told the Workplace Relations Commission that she waited months for an answer from her boss, who then told her just days before her placement was ….read more

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Mid-to-high level member of large scale drugs operation is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A mid-to-high level member of a large scale drugs operation has been jailed for six and a half years.

Judge Martin Nolan noted today that Patrick Bell (55) was probably higher up the food chain than most people who came before the court.

Bell, of Thomas Court Bawn, Dublin 8 was caught in September 2019 in possession of heroin with an estimated street value of €136,640, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Garda James Doolan told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that in the days before Bell’s arrest, gardai had set up a surveillance operation around a garage.

On September 24, 2019, Bell was seen ….read more

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Judge refuses to accept character references on behalf of child rapist

Central Criminal Court

(Mr Justice David Keane. Photo: Collins)

By Claire Henry

A senior judge has refused to accept character references submitted on behalf of a man who raped one child and sexually abused two others over three decades ago, after hearing that the referees were not present in court.

Mr Justice David Keane today stated that he would only allow character references if the people who had written the letters were present in court to take the stand.

The defendant, who is now aged in his late sixties, was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of anal rape and multiple indecent and sexual assaults, ….read more

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