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Sean Gallagher

RTE must provide Sean Gallagher with documents over Tweetgate row

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has ruled that RTE must provide Sean Gallagher with certain documents sought by him for his action against the state broadcaster arising from the ‘Tweetgate’ incident during the presidential election campaign.

Mr Gallagher sought documents including one created between the date of the broadcast on October 24th 2011 of the Frontline debate and November 18th 2012, when a report of an internal RTE review of the broadcast was published.

RTE opposed the action. It claimed the request was too broad and amounted to a “trawl” of documentation that would put the station to extra cost.

In ….read more

Outside Stock Close

“I just shot the aul lad…I’ll be going to jail now": Man accused of murdering elderly father had paranoid schizophrenia, court told

Central Criminal Court

A 35-year-old Mayo man accused of murdering his elderly father has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court.

John Biggins of Ballynalty, Cross, Claremorris has pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas Biggins (70) at that address on May 6, 2012.

The accused was arraigned before the court on Monday and entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Today the court heard the accused was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was on disability allowance.

The court was told that the 100-acre farmer was shot twice with his own legally held shotgun in his own yard.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at the ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Judge urges family to mediate dispute

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

A High Court judge has urged members of family involved in a dispute over farm machinery to try and mediate their differences.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan made his comments in an action brought by Mr Noel Bailey (60) who earlier this month secured a temporary injunction preventing his son Darren (26 years) from selling or disposing three items of farm machinery worth between €185,000 and €200,00.

Noel Bailey Snr operates a farm, machinery contracting and wood chip business on an 80 acre farm at Grantstown Ballacolla Co Laois. The order was granted after the High Court was told Mr Bailey ….read more

Anthony Lyons

Anthony Lyons will "always be notorious", appeal court hears

Court of Criminal Appeal

Businessman Anthony Lyons, who received a six-month custodial sentence for a violent sexual assault, will “never be forgotten” and will “always be notorious”, the Court of Criminal Appeal has heard.

The three-judge court today heard submissions in a re-hearing of an appeal against the undue leniency of a sentence of six years with five-and-a-half years suspended imposed on Lyons (53) by Judge Desmond Hogan in July 2012.

The respondent, the owner of an aircraft leasing company from Griffith Avenue in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attacking and sexually assaulting a then 27-year-old woman in the early ….read more


Couple who went on a "spending spree" have claim over invalid receiver dismissed

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has dismissed claims by a couple who borrowed some €1.4m to refinance property investments that their lender did not validly appoint a receiver over their assets when they went into arrears.

Anthony Freeman, who owned a window cleaning business, and his wife Miriam, Willowwood Lawn, Blanchardstown, Dublin, borrowed the money in 2006 from Bank of Scotland Ireland (BoSI) to fund re-financing and refurbishment of six Dublin houses.

€800,000 of the €1.4m borrowed was used to re-finance existing loans on the properties held with First Active, with the remainder released to the Freemans. Following the financial crisis in ….read more

Irish Central Criminal Court

Jury foreman's illness delays murder trial

Central Criminal Court

by Anne Sharkey

The trial of a Tipperary man accused of shooting Shane Rossiter was put on hold as the jury foreman failed to appear at the Central Criminal Court today.

Maurice Power (31) of Dranganbeg, Kilmoyler, Cahir has pleaded not guilty to murdering Shane Rossiter (29) in Co. Tipperary on October 17 more than one year ago.

The prosecution alleges the accused fired two shots at Mr Rossiter causing him catastrophic injuries, which lead to his death.

The remaining seven women and four men were told by Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy presiding that the foreman was unable to appear at the due to ….read more

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