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Two Dublin men charged with IRA membership and possession of a semi-automatic pistol

Special Criminal Court

Two men have appeared before the non-jury Special Criminal Court this evening charged with IRA membership and the possession of a semi-automatic pistol in south Dublin.

Michael Finlay (35) and Dean Byrne (22) were arrested by members of the Special Detective Unit and the garda Crime and Security branch after an operation in Tallaght in Dublin 24 on Thursday morning.

Mr Finlay, of Maplewood Road, Tallaght, and Mr Byrne, of Drumcairn Park, Tallaght, came before the three-judge court where they were both charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, ….read more


Balbriggan District Court round-up

District Courts

Chef who headbutted and punched man in random attack has case struck out

A COMMIS chef who headbutted and punched a man who was waiting in a car outside a Chinese Takeaway in an unprovoked attack had his case struck out after he paid the victim compensation.

Richard Devine (21) also rocked the injured party’s car before kicking in the doors causing €800 worth of damage.

Devine of Beneda, South Strand in Skerries, Co Dublin admitted he was drunk at the time of the offences. He pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to assaulting Shane Christy and causing criminal damage to his ….read more

Jim Tighe

Stay put on Mullingar man's extradition to Britain to face £100 million money laundering charge

High Court

by Ruaidhri Giblin

A Mullingar man who is alleged to have been involved in a £100 million money laundering conspiracy has had a stay put on his extradition to Britain pending the outcome of an appeal.

James Anthony Tighe (64), with an address at Pettiswood, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, is wanted by British authorities over his alleged involvement in a large-scale fraud on the UK public revenue. He was arrested in July 2012 on foot of a European Arrest Warrant endorsed in September 2011.

The High Court has previously heard that a large amount of construction companies under the management and control of Mr ….read more

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Judge threatens to "make example" of school-run mum who parked on double yellow lines

District Courts

(Pictured: Judge Dermot Dempsey)

A JUDGE threatened to make an example out of a mother who parked on double yellow lines outside a primary school after the mother claimed ‘every parent does it.’

Judge Dermot Dempsey told Favour Anyim that the double yellow lines outside the school are for the safety of her children and other children and that someone just didn’t randomly paint them there.

Favour Anyim of Newhaven Bay in Balbriggan pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to to parking on double yellow lines at Chapel Street in Balbriggan on May 19th, 2013.

Anyim claimed that she had spoken to the Traffic ….read more

Vera McGrath

Vera McGrath has "get out of jail free card" over 18-month sentence

Central Criminal Court

A 65-year-old woman has been sentenced to 18 months for helping her husband’s killer dispose of his body in Co. Westmeath almost thirty years ago.

But Vera McGrath of Volvenstown, Fordstown, Navan, Co Meath will not serve any further time in custody as she has already spent over two years and seven months of a life sentence for a 2010 murder conviction which was quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal last year.

The Central Criminal Court was told that her son-in-law Colin Pinder killed Mr McGrath and the pair burnt and disposed of his body in a hole in the back ….read more

justice new

Communicorp subsidiary acquires Buy & Sell magazine

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The troubled Buy and Sell magazine has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by a subsidiary of the Denis O’Brien controlled Communicorp.

The sale to Demirca Ltd came after the Supreme Court set aside a High Court decision conditionally permitting a liquidator accept the higher offer from a rival bidder, Midland Web Printing Ltd, for the magazine, and ordered that fresh bids be submitted.

Today the Supreme Court was told by Bernard Dunleavy Bl acting for Mr Neil Hughes, provisional liquidator of Buzreel Ltd, publisher of Buy and Sell and owner of the website that Demirca Ltd had ….read more

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