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Challenge by Waters and O'Doherty 'doomed', State says

High Court

A High Court challenge by John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty against laws introduced by the State due to the Covid-19 pandemic is doomed to failure, lawyers for the State have argued.

The journalists’ challenge was also described by lawyers representing the Houses of the Oireachtais as “a full frontal attack” on articles of the Constitution concerning the separation of powers.

In judicial review proceedings against the State and the Minister for Health, the applicants seek to have various pieces of recently enacted legislation, which they say are unconstitutional and flawed, quashed by a judge of the High Court.

They also want the ….read more

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Gda Adrian Donohoe murder trial resumes after nine weeks

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Aaron Brady. Credit: Collins)

The trial of Aaron Brady, who denies the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, has
resumed in front of the jury following a nine-week break.

The jury, now made up of six men and seven women, viewed CCTV footage showing the movements of a car three nights before the robbery in January 2013 that resulted in Det Gda Donohoe being shot dead. The timing of the footage was put to the jury alongside details of contacts between two mobile phones linked to the accused man and phones linked to two men suspected of involvement in the ….read more

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Robber rumbled after DNA found on juicebox

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A robber who was identified by gardaí after they found his DNA on a box of juice he drank shortly before the offence has been jailed for three years.

Gareth Hamilton (26) of Drumconnick, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Applegreen Service Station, Inchicore, Dublin on November 28, 2018. He has previous convictions for attempted robbery, burglary and possession of stolen property.

Detective Garda Sean Byrne told Garrett McCormack BL, prosecuting, that on the evening in question, Hamilton entered the service station, walked up to the counter and asked for cigarettes.

Det Gda Byrne said that after ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Media want sight of submissions in child rapist gagging order case

Court of Appeal

Lawyers for several news organisations are seeking sight of submissions made in the State’s appeal against a judgement preventing the publication of the name of a convicted child rapist.

In March 2019 a Central Criminal Court jury convicted the now 49-year-old Wicklow man of repeated sexual attacks on a neighbouring child when she was aged approximately nine.

The man had pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault in Co Wicklow on unknown dates between 1987 and 1989. Mr Justice Michael White imposed a seven-year sentence the following May.

At that time he continued an order, ….read more

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'Out of control' robber destroyed evidence, urinated in cell

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who destroyed evidence in a garda station and urinated in his cell while under arrest for robbery has been jailed for four years.

Rhys Moran (24) of Faussagh Road, Cabra, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to robbery at Charleville Road, Phibsborough, on May 10, 2018, and to perverting the course of justice and criminal damage at Bridewell Garda Station, Chancery Street, on the same date.

He also pleaded guilty to robbery at D’Olier Street, Dublin on May 9, 2018. He has 18 previous convictions, including a previous conviction for robbery while he was a juvenile.

Passing sentence today, ….read more

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Covid-19 laws amount to 'suspension of constitutional rights', High Court told

High Court

(Pictured: Mr John Waters. Credit: Collins)

John Waters and Gemma O’Doherty have told the High Court that laws introduced by the State due to the Covid-19 pandemic are “unprecedented” and amount to an “effective suspension” of every citizen’s constitutional rights.

In judicial review proceedings against the State and the Minister for Health, they seek to have various pieces of recently enacted legislation, which they say are unconstitutional and flawed, quashed by a judge of the High Court.

The High Court has directed that their application for permission to bring their challenge be heard in the presence of the respondents.

Both the State and ….read more

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