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Radio Engineer gives evidence at murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A jury has been hearing evidence from a radio frequency engineer in the trial of a 30-year-old accused of murdering a man in Dublin five years ago.

Eugene Cullen of Derry Road, Crumlin has pleaded not guilty to murdering Seamus O’ Byrne (27) at Tymon Park North, Tallaght, on March 13, 2009.

The Central Criminal Court has heard that Mr O’Byrne was shot dead by a hooded gunman in front of his girlfriend and child in the driveway of their home.

The prosecution alleges that Mr Cullen was not the gunman but one of four men involved in plotting, planning and executing the ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Man sentenced to prison for sixth no insurance conviction

District Courts

A FORMER sheet metal worker who was caught driving without insurance for the sixth time claimed he only purchased the car for his partner to bring their child to school.

Darren Fagan has been sentenced to five months in prison and disqualified for ten years after he pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on October 2nd, 2013 at Barryscourt Road in Coolock.

Fagan (24) of Macroom Road in Coolock, who has 18 previous convictions, including five for no insurance, was told by Judge Dermot Dempsey that he has a ‘total disregard’ for the Road Traffic Act and that he is ‘not safe ….read more


Judgment on Wednesday in DAA/Ryanair action aimed at halting strike

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court will rule tomorrow on applications by both the Dublin Airport Authority and Ryanair aimed at preventing a four-hour work stoppage by Siptu members at the countries airports on Friday.

The proposed industrial action, involving four-hour stoppages at Dublin, Cork and Shannon between 5am and 9am on Friday 14th March, arises from the long-running dispute over cuts in pension benefits at Aer Lingus and the DAA.

In proceedings against Siptu, Ryanair and the DAA have asked the High Court to grant injunctions, pending the outcome of the full hearing of the dispute, preventing the proposed industrial action going ….read more


Swords District Court round-up

District Courts

Man found guilty of throwing rock through ex-partner’s house window

A MAN who denied throwing a rock threw a woman’s house window after she ended their four year relationship has been found guilty of criminal damage.

David Wheatley (40) was convicted and fined €400 and bound to the peace for one year. He was also ordered to stay away from Ormond Close in Swords and not to have any contact with the victim, Thazman Byrne.

Wheatley of St Eunan’s Terrace, Raphoe in Donegal had pleaded not guilty before Swords District Court to causing criminal damage at the home of Thazman Byrne at Ormond ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Man charged in connection with murder of NI Prison Officer was photographed with man under surveillance

Special Criminal Court

A man charged in connection with the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black was photographed in the company of another man who was under surveillance as part of a garda operation in to subversives and dissidents, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Vincent Banks (44), of Smithfield Gate Apartments in Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of withholding information in relation to the murder.

Detective Sergeant Ciaran Quigley, of the Crime and Security branch, today (Tuesday) told prosecution counsel Mr Paul Greene SC that on October 8, 2012 he was on duty in the Leitrim area as ….read more

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Court being asked to "turn on the green light" for foreign criminals, lawyers for Justice Minister argue

High Court

The courts are being asked to turn Ireland into a safe haven for criminals from other countries, lawyers for the Minister for Justice argued during a High Court extradition hearing today.

British authorities are seeking the surrender of Michael Anthony Balmer (62), a convicted murderer who came to Ireland in 2012 following his conditional release from UK prison a year earlier.

Mr Balmer, with a last address in Cornwall, England, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1984 for attacking and killing a woman in her home on the evening of July 28 1983 in Devon, England.

The court heard previously that Mr Balmer ….read more

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