News Archive of Ireland International News Agency


Couple sue after their home was demolished without notice

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A couple have told the High Court of their anguish and eight-and-a-half year “nightmare” after their home was without any prior notice to them demolished while a new dual carriageway was being constructed between Limerick and Nenagh.

Brian and Mary O’Shaughnessy have been living in rented accommodation after their single storey two bedroom, described as an old Irish farmhouse, at Annaholty, Birdhill, Co Tipperary was razed to the ground and the site cleared on September 6th 2006.

The court heard that while other houses in that area had been acquired and demolished in order to construct the dual carriageway, the ….read more

justice new

IMO communications director launches High Court action over purported dismissal

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The Irish Medical Organisation’s long standing Director of Communications Maria Murphy has launched High Court proceedings aimed at preventing her purported dismissal from her post.

Ms Murphy, who has worked with the IMO for the last 26 years, commenced proceedings against the IMO, a representative body of Irish doctors, after she was informed earlier this month she was being dismissed for alleged breach of contract.

She denies that claim.

In her action Ms Murphy, with an address at Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock Co Dublin, seeks various orders including an injunction preventing her purported dismissal, as well as orders reinstating her ….read more

Sharif Kelly

Butterly murder accused told gardai he was stopped near scene of shooting because car had "conked"

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Sharif Kelly (44). Photo: Collins)

A man on trial, charged with murdering a dissident republican, denied that clothes found in his car shortly after the shooting were a change of clothing for the killer. He also said that he was stopped near the scene afterwards because his car had conked.

Peter Butterly was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath around 2pm on March 6, 2013.

Three Dublin men are on trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, charged with his murder.

Dean Evans (24) of Grange Park Rise, Raheny; Edward McGrath (33) of Land Dale ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Chinese national walks free from court as victim asks that his assailant be spared jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who assaulted an innocent bystander during a night club melee has walked free from court after his victim asked the judge not to jail him.

Adam Cleary was left with scarring on his face and chest as a result of being hit by a glass jug swung by Li Zhongbo (33).

Chinese national Li, of Main Street, Rathfarnham pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm at Sin Nightclub in Temple Bar on March 25, 2013.

Li had become involved in a fight that broke out in the nightclub between a group of Chinese men and a group ….read more

Central Criminal Court Inside

Detention-centre rioter who pointed rifle at gardai gets seven years

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who pointed a bolt action rifle at gardaí in “a threatening and aggressive manner” has been jailed for seven years for this, a burglary and a “mini riot” in a detention centre.

Stephen Kelly (20) of Windmill Park, Crumlin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to violent disorder at St Patrick’s Institution on March 18, 2013 and to possession of the rifle on March 25, 2014.

Garda Enda Daly agreed with James Dwyer BL, prosecuting that a subsequent examination of the rifle concluded that it wasn’t capable of firing but added that he had no way ….read more


Language schools win legal challenge against new Government requirements

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Two English language schools catering for non-EU students have succeeded in their legal challenge against new Government accreditation requirements.

Academic Bridge Ltd and the National Employee Development Centre Ltd, both based in Dublin and employing a total of 17, claim they could be put out of business under a new system that was due to come into operation on January 1, as the new regulations would severely limit their ability to recruit non European Union/European Economic Area students.

They claimed that last September the Minister for Justice and Equality announced changes to the accreditation system without the lawful power to ….read more

  • Become a Courts News Ireland Subscriber

    Sign-up today for full reports on the proceedings of the Central Criminal Court Ireland, the Special Criminal Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal and High Court extradition.

    As a subscriber, you'll have priority access to the full stories as soon as they are filed.

    If you represent a company or institution interested in subscribing to Courts News Ireland, please contact for more information about Group Subscriptions.

    If you're a newspaper professional or broadcaster interested in acquiring a licence to publish our content, please click subscribe and select the "Publisher's Account" option to have a Courts News Ireland representative contact you.