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GRA lauches sick pay challenge

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The body that represents 11,500 rank and file Gardai has launched a High Court challenge aimed at preventing new regulations concerning payment for members on sick leave from coming into effect.

Lawyers for the Garda Representative Association (GRA) has brought proceedings against the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin over the implementation of provisions of the 2014 Public Service Management (Sick Leave) Regulations.

The new regulations, aimed at obtaining substantial savings in the area of public service sick leave entitlements, were enacted earlier this month and are due to come into force from today April 1.

The ….read more


Children left in legal limbo, High Court hears

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Two young children have been left in “a legal limbo” because the Adoption Authority of Ireland refuses to recognise their overseas adoption to an Irish-based couple, the High Court has heard.

The married couple, the wife who is the children’s biological aunt and are both Irish citizens, have launched High Court action aimed overturning the Authority’s decision that the children, a boy and a girl, are not eligible for adoption.

The parties involved in the case cannot be identified for legal reasons. In an affidavit to the court the husband said he found the decision “difficult to comprehend.”

Today Peter ….read more

Graham Dwyer

Trial of architect for murder of childcare worker brought forward three months

Central Criminal Court

The murder trial of Graham Dwyer has been moved forward three months, at the request of the defence.

Graham Dwyer is the man charged with murdering Dublin childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22nd, 2012.

Mr Dwyer of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock was not in the Central Criminal Court when his case was called today.

The 41-year-old architect is in custody awaiting trial, which was scheduled to begin on April 13th next year.

His barrister, Ronan Kennedy BL, informed Mr Justice Barry White that his client had been refused bail by the High Court, but had been told that he ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Soldier takes High Court challenge to discharge after cocaine test

High Court

A soldier who tested positive for cocaine has brought a High Court challenge aimed at preventing his discharge from the Permanent Defence Force.

The action is being brought by Private Christopher Maher, from Co Tipperary, who is stationed in Kilkenny. He tested positive for cocaine following a compulsory random drug test in March 2013.

Private Maher denies ever taking the drug, and says he ingested the drug accidentally. He says he was at a party the night before undergoing the random drug test, where illegal substances were taken by others.

The urine sample he provided had a reading of 150ng/ml of benzoylecgonine ….read more

Outside Stock Close

Blood matching deceased’s found on candlestick holder, court hears

Central Criminal Court

The trial of a 30-year-old Sligo man accused of murdering a pensioner in his home has heard that blood matching the deceased’s was found on a candlestick holder and a drawer.

Simon McGinley of Connaughton Road, Sligo has pleaded not guilty to murder but has admitted the manslaughter of Eugene Gillespie (67) in Co. Sligo on September 22, 2012.

He has pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street on September 19, 2012.

The Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not accepted by the State and McGinley’s trial ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Man pleads not guilty to murder of Peter Gunn

Central Criminal Court

A 32-year-old Dublin man has pleaded not guilty to murdering another man in the city five years ago.

Alan Harte with an address at Clareville Grove in Glasnevin is charged with the murder of 29-year-old Peter Gunn on or about January 4th 2009 in Cabra Park, Cabra.

Dressed in a white shirt, he pleaded not guilty when arraigned before the Central Criminal Court today.

The court heard that the incident related to an alleged stabbing in a flat in Cabra Park and that the accused is from the East Wall area of the city.

A jury of six men and six women was sworn ….read more

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