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Michael Bowman

Judge right to allow evidence of Quirke's 'obsession', Moonlight appeal told

Court of Appeal

(Pictured: DPP Counsel Mr Michael Bowman SC. Credit: Collins)

Lawyers for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) have begun responding to arguments that the trial of Patrick Quirke was unfair and his conviction should be quashed.

Michael Bowman SC for the DPP today told the three-judge Court of Appeal that the trial judge properly used her discretion when she allowed the jury to hear evidence of Quirke’s “obsession” with his former lover Mary Lowry.

Ms Lowry was in a relationship with the deceased man Bobby Ryan when Quirke murdered him. The prosecution alleged that Quirke murdered his love rival so he could ….read more

Grafton Covid

Provisional liquidators appointed to Pamela Scott operators

High Court

The High Court has appointed provisional liquidators to two related companies that operate 13 fashion retail stores in Ireland.

The firms are Arzac Developments Ltd, which operated 10 of the Pamela Scott stores in Ireland, and Richard Alan & Co, which had operated three stores.

The two firms, which are both owned by Dublin registered Flairline Fashion Ltd, employ 104 people.

Seeking the winding up orders, the firms said that in recent years they have been experiencing a challenging environment due to changes in customer shopping habits and increases in operating costs.

However, their difficulties have been exacerbated as a result of the Covid-19 ….read more

Shannon Airport

'Peace activists' refused to accept danger to Shannon flights, witness tells trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Two peace activists who allegedly painted crucifixes onto the runway of Shannon airport refused to accept the potential danger to inbound flights by their actions, a court has heard.

Colm Roddy (78) of Bayside Walk, Dublin 13 and Dave Donnellan (60) of Reuben Steet, Rialto, Dublin have both pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage of the perimeter fence and runway at Shannon Airport in Co Clare on May 5, 2016.

On day three of the trial, Detective Sergeant Con Ryan, now retired, told the jury that he met both men in the terminal of Shannon Airport ….read more


'Somewhat unfair' of insurer to tell pub Covid-19 loses were covered, exec accepts

High Court

A senior executive with FBD has accepted it was “somewhat unfair” of the insurer to tell a publican his business was covered for losses caused by Covid-19, only to subsequently withdraw that cover some weeks later.

FBD’s Chief of Underwriting Kate Tobin was asked by Michael Cush SC, for the owners of the Dublin bar/restaurant ‘Lemon and Duke’, whether it was unfair of the insurer to tell Noel Anderson that the FBD business disruption policy for pubs in early March covered the pandemic.

Mr Anderson, whose partners in the business include Irish rugby players Sean O’Brien, brothers Dave and Rob ….read more

23/11/'09 A Jury room in The new EUR140 million Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 pictured this morning after the building was handed over to the Courts Service. The new building houses 22 courts (11 of which have electronic evidence display facilities, 6 have Video Link Facilities). The courts will hear their first criminal case next Wedesday 25th November with a phased relocation of the District Court, District Court Appeal, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Special Criminal Court...Picture , Collins, Dublin.

Teen cried when asked about homeless man's death, aunt tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

The aunt of a Dubliner, charged with murdering a homeless man, described the deceased as a friend of her nephew and recalled the then teenager crying when she asked him about the death.

Doreen (Donna) Dunbar was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of the now 20-year-old, charged with murder in a Dublin park.

Philip Dunbar has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 23-year-old Adam ‘Floater’ Muldoon in Butler Park, Jobstown Park, Tallaght on June 22 or 23, 2018. Mr Muldoon’s body was found in the park on the morning of June 23. He had been ….read more

CCJ inside court

Woman reported sex abuse after brother's home searched

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman came forward to report childhood sexual assaults at the hands of her brother after his marital home was searched for child pornography over a decade later, a court has heard.

The now 36-year-old man was 16 years old when he first touched his sister inappropriately. Gardai searched his home over a decade later following an alert on a suspect image upload to his computer.

His sister told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in her victim impact statement that she had felt different to other kids and did not think she could she could turn anywhere for help. She said her mother ….read more

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