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Gunman who claimed legal team failed him has murder conviction upheld

Court of Appeal

A gunman will continue to serve his life sentence for a “brutal and pre-meditated” murder, after an appeal where he claimed his legal team had failed to challenge disputed Garda evidence was dismissed.

In October 2016, James Lammon (48) was convicted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of the murder of Jason Doogue in the Green Hills area of Athy, Co Kildare, on August 21, 2015. Lammon, of Cardington Way, Athy, had been found guilty by unanimous verdict.

The jury found that he was the masked and hooded gunman who cycled up to the garden where Mr Doogue was ….read more

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Retrial of men acquitted of IRA membership refused

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has refused to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions to retry two men who were found not guilty of IRA membership, despite finding that the judges in their trial incorrectly rejected the evidence of a senior garda.

President of the three-judge appeals court, Mr Justice George Birmingham, said that the judges of the Special Criminal Court were wrong to exclude the evidence of the chief superintendent, who told the trial he believed the two men were members of the IRA.

However, Mr Justice Birmingham said that even if the court had admitted the garda’s belief evidence, they ….read more

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Attempted murder accused pleads guilty to serious assault

Central Criminal Court

A Kildare man accused of attempted murder has pleaded guilty the Central Criminal Court to causing serious harm to another male at his home address.

Today, before Mr Justice Paul McDermott, Jonathan Reid (27) of Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Greg Shiels on March 6, 2020, at New Hall, contrary to Section 4 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against The Person Act 1997.

Paul Greene SC, prosecuting, told Mr Justice McDermott that a nolle prosequi [a decision not to proceed] will be entered by the State on the charge of attempted murder at a ….read more

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Monaghan brothers admit involvement in cross-border ATM gang

Special Criminal Court

Two Monaghan brothers admitted to their involvement with a cross-border gang that used excavators to carry off ATMs by entering guilty pleas to a number of charges at the Special Criminal Court today.

The pair, along with their older brother, are among a number of men who have been charged before the non-jury court in relation to a garda investigation into the theft of an ATM in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, in April 2019 and the attempted theft of an ATM in Virginia, Co Cavan, in August 2019.

Today Gerard Duffy (30) of Greagh, Loughnamore, Co Monaghan, pleaded guilty at the three-judge court ….read more

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Ministerial order on working and pay conditions in security industry is quashed

High Court

A ministerial order that would have seen many working in the security industry receive a pay increase has been quashed, after three security companies successfully resolved their legal action against the State.

The firms had argued that the the process used to formulate the order favoured the interests of big employers and that it would produce an anti-competitive outcome, reducing employment in the industry.

As a result of a settlement agreement reached with the State, it has been agreed that an Employment Regulation Order for the Security Industry, that was approved by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment last April ….read more

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Man admits role in ATM thefts by cross-border gang

Special Criminal Court

A man has pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to attempting to steal a restaurant ATM in Cavan and to moving cash for a cross-border gang.

Ciaran Duffy (27) of Greagh, Loughnamore, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan pleaded guilty at the three-judge, non-jury court to three offences, committed in 2019. Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, set a date of February 1 next for a sentencing hearing. Duffy is on bail.

Duffy pleaded guilty to participating in criminal activities while in a Toyota Avensis at Tullypole, Moynalty, Co Meath on August 20, 2019 by participating in the movement of cash on behalf of a ….read more

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