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Tadhg Costello

South Dublin teen set for jail on attempted murder conviction after appeal court refuses bail

Court of Criminal Appeal

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A south county Dublin teenager, whose six year prison sentence for attempted murder was deferred last month, will go to jail on Friday following a failed application for continuing bail.

Tadhg Costello (19) of Richmond Hill, Monkstown, was sentenced on March 7 to six years imprisonment with the final three suspended for the attempted murder of Josh Leahy at Johnson’s Court in Dublin city on May 31, 2012.

Costello had originally plead not guilty to the attempted murder charge but changed his plea to guilty following a ruling by trial judge Mr Justice Paul Butler that the teenager’s garda interview ….read more

Patrick Gallagher

Sheep farmer agrees to allow ESB on to property

High Court

A landowner who the ESB and Eirgrid claimed had obstructed important upgrade work on the Co Donegal electricity network system has agreed to let the company carry out works on his land.

The ESB and Eirgrid plc sought High Court injunctions preventing Patrick Gallagher, from interfering with or obstructing the work as well as orders requiring him to remove or remedy any obstructions which have been placed on the land.

Today Mr Gallagher, of Galdonagh, Manorcunningham, gave an undertaking before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan to allow the ESB onto his lands and that he would not interfere with the work.

Rossa Fanning BL, ….read more

Vincent Banks

Man cleared of withholding information on David Black murder to stand trial for IRA membership

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man who was cleared of withholding information relating to the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black is to stand trial on a charge of IRA membership.

Last week the Special Criminal Court acquitted Vincent Banks (46) of withholding information in relation to the murder between October 10th and December 20th, 2012.

Mr Banks, of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, had pleaded not guilty before the non-jury court to the charge.

He is also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on December 18th, 2012, and ….read more


High Court rules offence of offending modesty is unconstitutional

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A number of prosecutions of individuals who allegedly exposing themselves in public will not proceed after the High Court struck down as unconstitutional the criminal offence of “offending modesty.”

In a judgment today Mr Justice Gerard Hogan ruled a portion of Section 18 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 1935 as amended by the Criminal Law (Rape)(Amendment Act) 1990, which creates an offence of offending modesty is unconstitutional.

The Judge said the offence was “hopelessly vague” and uncertain. The section contained no clear standard of conduct prohibited by law and lacked “any clear principles and policies,” he added.

The judge ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury must decide whether accused is guilty of murder or impeding the prosecution

Central Criminal Court

A Dublin jury has been told it must decide whether a father of two is guilty of murdering his friend or guilty of impeding the prosecution.

Alan Harte (33) of Clareville Grove in Glasnevin has pleaded not guilty to murdering another father of two five years ago.

His trial at the Central Criminal Court has heard that 28-year-old Peter Gunn was stabbed to death on January 4th 2009 at a flat in Cabra Park, Cabra.

Alan Harte has admitted dumping his body in a water-filled ditch in Dunsoughly Lane, The Ward, but claims that another man carried out the killing.

This other man, Kastriot ….read more

Wayne Dundon

Dundon and Killeen to get any garda recordings in advance of Roy Collins murder trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Wayne Dundon(35))

The Special Criminal Court has ordered the disclosure of any recordings made between gardai and civilian witnesses during the investigation in two Limerick men charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins.

Wayne Dundon (35), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, and Nathan Killeen (23), of Hyde Road, Prospect, are charged with the murder of Mr Collins (35) at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre, Limerick on April 9th, 2009.

They are due to stand trial at the non-jury court on April 29 before presiding judge Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley.

Last week counsel for Mr Killeen, Mr Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, told the court ….read more

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