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Falcon breeding dispute goes to mediation

High Court

A High Court action by an Abu Dabhi businessman against two people living in Co Wicklow over the breeding of falcons has gone to mediation in a bid to resolve the dispute.

The action has been brought by United Arab Emirates-based Mr Abdullah Rashid Ahmed Almana Mansoori against Mr Kenneth Smith and Ms Laura Churchard, both of Hawkslodge, Toolestown, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow.

In his action, Mr Mansoori of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE seeks several orders including an injunction preventing Mr Smith from supplying falcons to any other party other than the plaintiff and an order for damages.

The application ….read more

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Bid by special needs children for extra schooling is settled

High Court

Two High Court actions over the Minister for Education’s refusal to allow two young children with complex educational needs attend school during the summer holidays have been settled.

The actions were taken on behalf of two primary school children, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, who both have various educational and social needs.

As a result of an agreement reached between the parties, the children at the centre of the action will receive extra schooling under a special scheme operated by the Minister for Education known as the July Provision Scheme.

The children have been attending mainstream schools. ….read more

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Kenyan woman unfit to stand trial for Foxrock murder is committed

Central Criminal Court

A 50-year-old woman with schizophrenia has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), after being deemed unfit to stand trial for murder.

Grace Miano, originally from Kenya, but with an address at Tudor Lawns in Foxrock, is charged with murdering Malawian national Limbani “Robert” Mzoma (27) on November 1, 2018 at her home.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon made the determination at a sitting of the Central Criminal Court today after hearing that Ms Miano believed that she had been poisoned at the time of the alleged offence.

The judge had made a similar order two weeks ago, pending the preparation of a ….read more

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Traveller accommodation row opens before High Court

High Court

A dispute between Clare County Council and members of the Irish Traveller Community over a site earmarked for new social housing units has opened before the High Court.

The Council’s action is against Bernard and Helen McDonagh, who claim they have a tenancy at a site at Ashline, Kilrush Road, Ennis, onto which they moved their caravans in November 24th, 2017.

The remained at the site for a period before they moved to another site in the Ennis locality.

Ashline consisted of six dwelling units owned by the Council which were specifically used to accommodate Traveller families.

Following a series of arson ….read more

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Serial burglar busted after falling asleep

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A serial burglar who was discovered by a garda asleep and slumped against a wall in possession of stolen jewellery has been jailed for two and a half years.

John Maher (48) of Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Keeper Road, Drimnagh, on October 19, 2017. He also pleaded guilty to burglary at Crumlin Road, Crumlin on October 18, 2018.

Judge Melanie Greally sentenced Maher to three and a half year’s imprisonment but suspended the final 12 months of the sentence on strict conditions.

Garda Caroline Kelly told Aideen Collard BL, prosecuting, that in October ….read more

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Trial of Limerick men accused of intent to endanger life set to open

Special Criminal Court

The trial of two men charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in Limerick will begin tomorrow.

John O’Donoghue (29) of Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick and Paul Whelan (25) of Dalgaish Park, also in Moyross, Limerick, were arraigned before the Special Criminal Court this morning, charged with possession of a loaded 9mm colt semi-automatic pistol at Park Road, Corbally, on July 30, 2018, and with intent to endanger life under the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The men will appear again for the opening of their trial before the non-jury, three-judge ….read more

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