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Limerick man charged with IRA membership to be allowed to travel to Lithuania for second time

Special Criminal Court

A Limerick man who is on bail on a charge of IRA membership will be allowed to travel to Lithuania for a second time this year despite the objections of gardai.
The Special Criminal Court this morning (Thursday) acceded to an application for an easing of the bail restrictions imposed on 31-year-old Thomas McMahon until November 6th to allow him go on holiday to Lithuania.
Mr McMahon and his co-accused Noel Noonan (34) were arrested in February on the N24 near Cahir, Co Tipperary by members of the Special Detective Unit and other garda units as part of an investigation in to ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man convicted of Limerick breadman’s murder

Central Criminal Court

An electrician has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering a bread deliveryman in a Limerick petrol station three years ago.

John Coughlan (33) of Pineview Gardens, Moyross had pleaded not (NOT) guilty to murder but guilty (GUILTY) to the manslaughter of Daniel Treacy (35) at Topaz garage, Caherdavin, Ennis Road on February 22, 2010.

But the prosecution did not accept the plea and a jury was sworn in for the two-week trial.

Mr Treacy, who had a routine of going to the petrol station for tea in the morning, was shot three times in the head and ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Mother-of-three sentenced to life for murder for second time this year

Central Criminal Court

A 37-year-old Cork mother of three has been sentenced to life in prison for murder for a second time this year.

Kinsale native Catherine O’Connor pleaded guilty to murdering her 42-year-old neighbour, John Forrester, when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court yesterday (Monday).

O’Connor of Bridge House, Seán Hales Place, Bandon, murdered the English father of four in Bridge House on November 12, 2011. They each occupied a flat in the house.

Detective Sergeant Fergal Foley told the court that the garda investigation into another murder led to an investigation into Mr Forrester’s murder, and the discovery of his body on November 15th ….read more

Irish High Court

Dutch authorities want charge and try Dubliners over body in Dutch canal

High Court

Dutch authorities want to charge and try two Dublin men wanted in connection with the death of a man whose body was found inside a suitcase in an Amsterdam canal, the High Court has heard.

Kenneth Brunell (27) from Palmerstown and Barry McArdle (27) from Drimnagh were arrested on foot of extradition warrants issued by Dutch authorities in 2011.

Authorities there are seeking their surrender to face trial in connection with the death of Keith Ennis (29) from Walkinstown, who was on the run from Gardai at the time.

Mr Ennis’s body parts were dumped in a suitcase in a canal on the ….read more

Eric Eoin Marques

“Largest facilitator of child porn in the world” wants to be tried in Ireland

High Court

Lawyers for an Irishman wanted in the US, who was described by an FBI Special Agent as “the largest facilitator of child porn in the world”, are mounting a challenge in the High Court to have him tried in Ireland.

Eric Eoin Marques (28), who is wanted in the United States on charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, and advertising and distributing child pornography is fighting his extradition and wants to have his case dealt with here.

The charges against Mr Marques, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central Dublin, relate to images on over a hundred ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Evidence of crucial interviews with firearms accused not admissible

Special Criminal Court


Evidence of garda interviews conducted with two men accused of the possession of an assault rifle and a handgun is not admissible at their trial, the Special Criminal Court has ruled.

Vincent Ryan (22) and his co-accused Darragh Evans (23) have pleaded not [NOT] guilty to the possession of an AKM assault rifle and Webley-make revolver MkV1 at Clonshaugh Walk, Coolock, Dublin 17 on September 15th, 2011.

Counsel for Mr Ryan, Mr Hugh Hartnett SC, today (Friday) said the non-jury court should enter a voir dire, a trial within a trial to determine the legitimacy of questions asked and answers given during ….read more

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