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Men charged in connection with serious assaults and endangering a garda further remanded on bail

District Courts

THREE men charged in connection with serious assaults and endangering a garda have been further remanded on continuing bail.

Eoin Maguire (29), Cornelius Price (32) and Edward Price (24) all appeared before Judge Dermot Dempsey at Balbriggan District Court charged in relation to a number of offences which are alleged to have taken place in the town last December.

Cornelius Price of Pinewood Green Road in Balbriggan, Eoin Maguire of Bay 1, Halting Site, Mell in Drogheda, Co Louth and Edward Price of Rockleigh House, Richardstown, Co Louth are all charged with assault causing harm to Clifford Whitehouse and James Whitehouse on ….read more

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Man cleared of Peter Gunn murder but guilty of impeding

Central Criminal Court

A 33-year-old Dublin man has been cleared of murdering his friend, but convicted of impeding the prosecution after dumping his body.

Father-of-two Peter Gunn was stabbed to death five years ago and his body was dumped in a water-filled trench near Dublin airport.

Alan Harte of Clareville Grove, Glasnevin had pleaded not guilty to murdering the 28-year-old on January 4th 2009 at a flat in Cabra Park in the capital.

However, while giving evidence at his Central Criminal Court trial this week, Harte, also a father of two, admitted that he had helped dispose of his fellow Dubliner’s body at Dunsoughly Lane, The ….read more

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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

Court of Criminal Appeal

IRA accused gets bail variation for kitchen works

Special Criminal Court

The Special Criminal Court has allowed a Dublin man accused of IRA membership a €5,000 reduction in his bail surety to allow him renovate his kitchen, while his co-accused has been granted temporary bail over Easter.

Darren Murphy (42), of Rory O’Connor House in Dublin , was among eight men arrested on Good Friday last year after a search of a commercial premises in Clondalkin as part of a garda investigation in to the activities of dissident republicans.

The seven co-accused are: Kevin Braney (38), of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght , Des Christie (49), of Liam Mellows Road, Finglas, Eamon McNamee (32), ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Man arrested after Alan Ryan Funeral jailed for IRA membership

Special Criminal Court

A father-of-six arrested after a garda investigation in to paramilitary activity at the funeral of Alan Ryan has been jailed by the Special Criminal Court for two years for IRA membership.

Dublin man Nathan Kinsella (35) had pleaded guilty to membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on September 13, 2012.

Dissident republican Alan Ryan was shot dead outside his home in Clongriffin in North Dublin in September 2012. Kinsella, who was himself shot two months later, was due to stand trial at the Special Criminal Court in February, however ….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

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