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Psychiatric patient on trial for murdering fellow patient said he considered killing his neighbours, trial told

Central Criminal Court

by Peter Doyle

A PSYCHIATRIC patient accused of murdering a fellow patient told a garda he fantasised about ways of getting in to prison and considered killing his neighbours before his admission to hospital, a court was told today (THURS).

Ian Harman (50), of Carrickallen, Mountain Lodge, Cootehill, Co Cavan, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Michael Treanor at the Psychiatric Unit of Cavan General Hospital, Lisdarn, Co Cavan, on June 27, 2011.

The court was told today that Detective Garda Kieron King interviewed the accused after he had been taken into custody and cautioned ….read more

Irish Special Criminal Court

Bail granted to IRA accused despite garda objections

Special Criminal Court

A Dublin man who was among seven men charged with IRA membership before the Special Criminal Court has been granted temporary bail despite the objections of gardai.

At a special sitting of the non-jury court last year Brian Nick McBennett (54) of Ard Collum Avenue, Artane, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on July 3, 2013.

His six co-accused Peter Burns (39) of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Kevin Braney (39) also of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Michael Barr (33) of Carlton Court, Poppintree, Ballymun, John Brock (41) of Glenview ….read more

The Special criminal court

Moore Street restaurant action resolved

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A Moore Street restauranteur – who claimed she was turfed her out of her premises – and her landlord have come to an agreement in a dispute over unpaid rent.

Stella Esemuede claimed her landlord Parnell Street Project Ltd forced out of the basement premises located in a Mall at the corner of Moore Street and Parnell Street, from where she has operated Notedo’s restaurant since 2009, after she objected to the more than doubling of her rent.

The landlord denied any wrongdoing and rejected claims the rent had been doubled.

Following her removal Ms Esemuede sought a number of injunctions ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Bi-polar man given suspended sentence for trespassing and sending threatening texts to his mother

District Courts

A MAN who is bi-polar and had ‘idle thoughts’ on the night he sent his mother threatening text messages after he trespassed in her garden has been given a two month suspended sentence.

David Geraghty has also been bound to the peace for one year and ordered to stay away from his mother’s house.

Geraghty (33) of Ballisk Court in Donabate pleaded guilty to trespassing at his mother’s house at Hampton Cove in Balbriggan on June 15th.

Garda Lucy Woods gave evidence at Balbriggan District Court that Geraghty’s mother Mary believed her son to be in the back garden and was sending her ….read more

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Family of man killed in DIY store wall collapse awarded €750,000

High Court

(Pictured: Mrs Teresa Mulleady)

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The family of a 48-year-old Co Longford man who tragically lost his life after an internal wall in a DIY centre collapsed on him have settled their High Court damages action for €750,000.

Sean Mulleady died from injuries he received when a section of a 6.5m high 8.4m wide internal wall collapsed on him, and several others, at Connacht Gold Co-Op Society’s shop at Athlone Road, Longford on January 29th 2013.

Mr Mulleady, a married father of three children from Creenagh, Longford, was in the course of buying gates when the wall collapsed. Another man ….read more


Foxrock restaurant dispute adjourned

High Court

The parties involved in what was described as a “tense stand off” at a south Dublin restaurant have entered into talks to try to resolve the dispute the High Court has heard.

On Tuesday Mr Justice Paul Gilligan was told John and James McCabe, directors of the company operating The Gables restaurant and Wine Bar on Torquay Road, Foxrock, were involved in a stand off with agents of the owner of the property.

The McCabes are directors of McCabes Wine Warehouse Ltd which has operated a restaurant and wine shop at the premises under lease since 2001. The owner, ….read more

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