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Convicted murderer Nathan Killeen to stand trial in November for 2008 murder

Special Criminal Court

Convicted murderer Nathan Killeen will stand trial in November for the 2008 murder of James Cronin, after the Special Criminal Court refused his application for an adjournment.

Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect is charged with murdering the 20-year-old on a date unknown between April 5th and April 7th, 2008 at a place unknown within the State.

The court last year fixed November 4th, 2014 as the date it would hear the trial.

However, the defence yesterday applied for an adjournment on the grounds that Killeen had just come through a long trial and had also changed his solicitor.

Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, defending, ….read more

Irish High Court

Man wanted in North over spate of alleged farm burglaries voluntarily surrenders

High Court

A 41-year-old Louth man has voluntarily surrendered himself to the authorities in the North, where he is wanted in connection with a spate of alleged farm burglaries and alleged assault.

Edward McDonagh of Tullyallen, Drogheda was before the High Court today.

The court heard that he had been arrested here in June on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by the Northern Irish authorities.

The warrant related to 11 alleged offences in the North in July and August of 2010. These arose out of an alleged crime spree where a number of farms were burgled in Armagh and Tyrone.

On one occasion a ….read more


Six dissidents jailed for bombing offences secure release from prison

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Six dissident Republicans who were serving lengthy prison sentences for bombing offences in the UK have been released from Portlaoise Prison after they launched High Court challenges against the legality of their detention.

The six are brothers Aiden (aged 37) and Robert Hulme (34), Darren Mulholland (34), James McCormack (47), Anthony Hyland (41) and Liam Grogan (36) who claimed they were entitled to immediate release due to significant differences between the sentencing systems in Ireland and the UK contained in a recent Supreme Court judgment.

The six were convicted and jailed for twenty years or more by the ….read more


Contempt proceedings against Wexford publican adjourned

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

Contempt proceedings against a Co. Wexford publican arising out of his failure to hand over his bar to a bank-appointed receiver has been adjourned to allow the bar owner obtain legal advice.

Yesterday Mr John Murphy, who owns the well-known music venue Colfers Pub Carrig-on-Bannow, Co Wexford, was brought before the High Court by Gardai to explain to why he had not complied with an undertaking to hand over peaceful possession of the pub to the receiver Mr Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton.

The undertaking was given last March and the handover was due to take ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Dublin man charged with IRA membership remanded in custody

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man who was charged with IRA membership at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court last Saturday has been remanded in custody until October.

Michael Barr (34), of Premier Square in Finglas, is charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 18.

Counsel for the accused man, Ms Siobhán Ní Chúlacháin BL, today told the non-jury court that there was no application for bail and there was consent to a remand in custody for service of the book of evidence.

State Solicitor Ms Irene Daly asked ….read more

Adrian Hardiman

Man who avoided prison after failing to pay VAT on €1.4m in sales is jailed after successful DPP appeal

Court of Criminal Appeal

(Pictured: Presiding appeal court judge Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman)

A PHOTOGRAPHER who avoided a prison term after failing to pay VAT on €1.4m worth of sales from his business was jailed today when a court ruled the original sentence of community service was “unduly lenient”.

In 2010, a jury found freelance photographer Niall Williamson (53) guilty of 85 charges relating to tax offences between 1998 and 2004.

Sentencing Williamson, of the Old Schoolhouse, Dunkitt, Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny, to 240 hours’ community service in April 2012, Judge Olive Buttimer said she saw “no point whatsoever” in jailing him and wanted the accused to put ….read more

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