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Tipperary murder accused made "full confession to his crime"

Central Criminal Court

A man has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of 29-year-old Shane Rossiter in Co. Tipperary two years ago.

Maurice Power (31) of Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Rossiter in Co. Tipperary on October 17, 2012.

The prosecution alleges the accused fired two shots at Mr Rossiter causing him catastrophic injuries, which lead to his death.

In his opening speech, Mr Anthony Sammon SC prosecuting told the court that the events took place at around 6.30am following a house party in Church Lane, Golden, Co Tipperary.

He said that there was a degree of ….read more

Thomas McMahon

Man who pleaded guilty to IRA membership allowed trip to Lithuania before sentence

Special Criminal Court

A Limerick man who pleaded guilty to IRA membership will be allowed to travel to Lithuania before being sentenced, despite the objections of gardai.

Thomas McMahon (31), who is married to a Lithuanian national, told the Special Criminal Court that he would not see his in-laws for a while and just wanted to say “good luck”.

Last month McMahon and his co-accused Noel Noonan (34) pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on February 7, 2013.

The men were due to stand trial, but the case ….read more

Irish Court of Criminal Appeal

Rapist who was given five life sentences loses conviction appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A Polish man has lost his appeal against his conviction for the rape and sexual assault of a woman.

Edward Piotrowski (48) told his victim during the two-and-a-half-hour attack that he was going to kill her, her partner and his daughter.

The trial heard that he tied up the woman’s partner with rope and tape and sexually assaulted her in front of him before taking the victim to another room where he raped her and forced her to perform oral sex.

In January 2010 Piotrowski, formerly of Edenderry Co Offaly, was sentenced to five concurrent life sentences by Mr Justice Peter ….read more

Wayne Dundon

Trial of Limerick men charged with Roy Collins murder opens

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Wayne Dundon)

Two Limerick men have gone on trial at the Special Criminal Court, charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins in the city five years ago.

Wayne Dundon (35) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect; and Nathan Killeen (23) of Hyde Road, Prospect are charged with murdering the 35-year-old at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

They were arraigned before the non-jury court today and pleaded not guilty.

The three judges heard that Mr Collins was at work around noon that day when a single gunman entered his amusement arcade and discharged a single shot, hitting him in the chest. ….read more


Significant steps taken in dispute over firefighters breathing equipment

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Significant steps have been taken in the dispute between representatives of the capital’s firefighters and Dublin City Council over alleged unsafe equipment, the High Court has heard.

In January the Irish Fire and Emergency Service Association (IFESA), which represents 300 of the city’s 800 firefighters, launched High Court proceedings against DCC over what it claims are “regular failures” of the Scott ACSfx breathing apparatus.

The equipment is supplied by DCC, the firefighters’ employer and is required so they can breathe freely in smoke-filled environments. DCC rejects claims the equipment is defective. The equipment continues to be used by firefighters. ….read more


Banker secures injunction preventing dismissal

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A credit manager with Rabobank has secured a High Court injunction preventing his employer from dismissing him.

Colin Browne, who has been out on sick leave since January of this year claims that Rabobank Ireland PLC intend to dismiss him from his position because he has not attended internal disciplinary hearings that arise out of his absence from work.

His lawyers say Mr Browne with an address at Forest Park Celbridge Co Kildare, who has been medically certified as unfit to attend work due to stress, was unable those hearings due to his illness.

Mr Browne, a father of three young ….read more

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