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Brothers who tried to 'butcher' garda 'like an animal' are jailed

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Garda Alan Murphy. Photo: Collins)

Two brothers who tried to “butcher” a member of An Garda Siochana “like an animal” have received combined jail sentences totalling eight-and-a-half years at the Central Criminal Court.

The court was previously told that Garda Alan Murphy was responding to reports a man had been stabbed in Inchicore, Dublin 8, when he was attacked by the Quinn brothers.

During the incident, Gavin Quinn (28) pinned Gda Murphy to the ground as his younger brother, Lee Quinn (27) tried to stab the uniformed officer in the eye with a six-inch kitchen knife and later slashed him across ….read more

Chinese Embassy

Student claims Chinese Embassy is drawing up language curriculum here

High Court

A secondary school student claims that the Chinese Embassy is drawing up the curriculum for Mandarin Chinese in Ireland and that the Minister for Education has unlawfully consulted with the Chinese Ministry for Education on the teaching of the language here.

Suing through his mother, 15-year-old student Ethan Boone has brought a High Court challenge against an alleged refusal to accept answers given in Traditional Chinese characters in the Leaving Certificate Mandarin Chinese examination.

The court heard that the curriculum requires that written answers given in the examination must be in simplified Mandarin characters, which are predominantly used in the ….read more


Closing speeches in self defence murder trial

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

Closing speeches have been heard in the trial of a young man accused of murdering a fisherman who entered his home in the early hours of the morning four years ago, when the defendant was a teenager.

Dean Kerrie (21) with an address at St Brigid’s Square, Portarlington in Co Laois has pleaded not guilty to murdering 25-year-old Jack Power at Shanakiel, Dunmore East, Co Waterford, on July 26, 2018. The accused was 17 years old at the time.

Mr Kerrie’s legal team have argued that the accused was acting in self-defence at his family ….read more


Hospital manager who stole €22k using company credit card gets suspended sentence

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Gerard Russell. Photo: Collins)

A former manager at St Vincent’s University Hospital who fraudulently used a company credit card to make purchases of over €22,000 has avoided a jail term.

Gerard Russell (55) of New Park Road, Blackrock, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft and deception on dates between August 2014 and June 2015.

An audit was performed after transactions of a “domestic and personal nature” raised a red flag. A large number of items were delivered to the hospital and some were recovered from Russell’s home.

Russell has no previous convictions and there was no victim impact statement before the ….read more

Judge Martin Nolan

Judge 'confined' by €1.5k money laundering plea in connection with €700k invoice fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Judge Martin Nolan. Photo: Collins)

A judge has said that the State should have “taken its courage” in both hands in relation to the charges against a man who gardai believe was involved in the attempted theft of €700,000 but who appeared before a court after pleading guilty to laundering €1,500 only.

Judge Martin Nolan was speaking at the sentence hearing of Valentin Radu (34) for money laundering in relation to €1,500 withdrawn from a bank account in November 2020.

The larger sum had been transferred to the bank account, which belonged to a person known to Radu, earlier that ….read more


Renewable energy companies challenge regulator's decision regarding compensation

High Court

Two renewable energy groups have launched High Court challenges against a decision by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities not to compensate them if they are told to temporarily shut down due to issues with the electricity grid.

The two actions have been taken by Energia Group Holdings along with several subsidiaries and GR Wind Farms and its subsidiaries over a decision taken last March by the Commission, which is the State’s regulator for energy and water. The Commission decided not to implement an EU regulation where power-generating companies receive compensation when they are told to switch off their wind farms ….read more

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