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Dispute over Jack B Yeats art works goes to mediation

High Court

A High Court dispute over the upkeep of art works, including those by Jack B Yeats, that were acquired by the late businessman Hugh James Tunney has gone to mediation, the High Court has heard.

The action has been brought by solicitor Mr Brian Baily, who is an executor of the Mr Tunney and ‘Tunney’ Estates, which is the beneficial owner of items including valuables, artworks and the property where the items are kept at.

Mr Bailey is also a director of Tunney Estates, which was created for the benefit of Mr Tunney’s four children.

The proceedings are against Ms Caroline Devine, ….read more

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Drogheda armed raider fails in appeal

Court of Appeal

A man who was part of an armed gang that robbed two bookmakers has had an appeal against his conviction dismissed.

Karl Vogelaar (29) of Oulster Lane, Drogheda, Co Louth was found guilty by a jury at Dundalk Circuit Court of two counts of robbery contrary to section 14 of the Criminal Justice Act 2001.

The court heard that three men entered Tully’s bookmakers in Wheaton Hall, Drogheda at 8.45pm on November 4, 2016. One of the men held a gun into the face of the lone employee on the premises and shouted: “Where is the money?” A shot was fired ….read more

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Brain-injured man avoids jail for attacking garda

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man with an acquired brain injury who repeatedly punched a garda in the face has received a fully suspended sentence.

Paul Rooney (30), who suffered an acquired brain injury in 2003 when he was the victim of a hit-and-run incident, attacked a garda after he was caught dragging a bike still attached to a bike rack down a busy Dublin city centre street.

Rooney of Railway Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting a garda at Beaver Street, Dublin, on January 19, 2019. He has 37 previous convictions including criminal damage, theft and handling stolen property.

Judge Martin Nolan had ….read more

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Trusted family friend raped woman sleeping in own bed

Central Criminal Court

A man has received a prison sentence of eight years with 18 months suspended for raping a young woman as she slept in her own bedroom.

The Central Criminal Court heard that Conor Quaid (26) was in the victim’s home on the night because he was a trusted family friend. Justice Mary Rose Gearty said that he abused this trust and noted that he has not shown any remorse since.

Quaid of Monaree, Dingle, Co Kerry had pleaded not guilty to rape at a place in the county on June 10, 2018. After a seven day trial, a jury at the Central ….read more

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Conviction for abuse of step-daughter is upheld

Court of Appeal

A man who began sexually abusing his step-daughter before her first Communion and went on to abuse her for six years in the 1970s has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

The trial at Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court heard that the attacks began when the victim was seven years old and the man was 25. The sexual abuse stopped when she was 12 years old.

The defendant was in a long-term relationship with the victim’s mother at the time and though they were never married, he was effectively the girl’s step-father.

The man (71), who cannot be named in ….read more

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Intellectually disabled man moved heroin to help step-son Jordan Davis

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

An intellectually disabled man was caught moving heroin to assist his step-son, who had a drug debt of €150,000 and was later shot dead, a court has heard.

Peter Finnegan (37) agreed to move the drugs in his car in June 2018 to help his step-son Jordan Davis (22) who had amassed at one stage a drug debt of €150,000. The family home was attacked many times due to this debt.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Mr Davis was shot dead on May 22, 2019 while he was wheeling his four month old baby in a buggy.

Finnegan with an address at ….read more

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