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Environmental group's challenge to part of biggest capital spend in State's history opens before Supreme Court

Supreme Court

(Pictured: Chief Justice Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell. Photo: Collins)

An environmental group’s appeal against a refusal by the lower courts to overturn part of the biggest capital expenditure plan in the history of the State – the €165 billion ‘Project Ireland 2040′ plan – has opened before a seven-judge Supreme Court.

Unusually, due to the high summer temperatures on Monday, the majority of the court dispensed with their traditional robes and gowns during the hearing, and instead appeared in court in normal business suits.

The appeal has been brought by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), which claims that the plan originally ….read more

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Live transport of calves amounting to animal cruelty, High Court told

High Court

The State is allowing calves to be transported from Ireland by sea to mainland Europe in a manner that “amounts to animal cruelty” and is in breach of EU regulations on animal welfare, the High Court has heard.  

The court heard that the live export of calves makes up a considerable and valuable part of the Irish beef sector.

The claim has been made by lawyers acting for Ethical Farming Ltd, a non-governmental organisation that campaigns against animal cruelty and promotes ethical and sustainable farming methods over the live export of unweaned calves, which can only be fed with milk ….read more

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Robber raided local shop three times in a week

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A chronic addict who raided his local convenience store three times in the one week has been jailed for three and a half years.

Lee Swift (28) was living with his father at the time in his home just 500 yards away from the Centra on Kimmage Road Lower in Terenure. During his third raid of the store, staff alerted gardaí and he was still in the shop when the officers responded to the call.

Swift then threatened both gardaí Brendan Stynes and Jason O’Carroll – lunging at the officers with a knife until they were forced to retreat. Further gardaí were ….read more

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Victim raped '50 times a year' by serial child abuser

Central Criminal Court

A serial child abuser subjected his younger cousin to relentless and constant sexual abuse for four years, raping him as much as 50 times per year, a court has heard.

The 61-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, was convicted after a trial at the Central Criminal Court last May of seven counts of rape and six counts of indecent assault at his flat in Dublin city in the nineties.

The boy was aged ten when the abuse began in 1991. The attacks involved oral and anal rapes and continued until 1997 when the victim told ….read more


Clarity sought on alleged role of notorious hitman Arakas in murder of pop star's lover

High Court

A High Court judge has asked the State to write to Lithuanian authorities to find out what exact role an international hitman is alleged to have had in the murder of a music star’s lover.

Notorious hitman Imre Arakas (63) is wanted for murder in Lithuania but has challenged his surrender on the grounds that no charge had been formalised against him.

An eyewitness to the murder of the pop star’s lover has said that the hitman, who has also been jailed here for his role in a Kinahan cartel murder plot, was not present at the scene, the High Court has ….read more

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Jail for drunken attack on partner, despite withdrawal of statement

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By CCC Nuacht Reporter

A man who attacked his partner has been sentenced to four and a half months in prison, despite the withdrawal of her garda statement.

During the assault in his mother’s home, Piotr Konieczny (45) dragged his partner off a couch, pressed a foot on her arm and hit her in the face.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that he has since “reconciled” with his partner and that they are currently living together.

Konieczny, with a previous address at Whitehall Road West, Crumlin, but now residing in Portobello, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at his previous address on ….read more

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