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Triple rape trial jury mustn't engage in 'victim blaming', judge instructs

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Alex Owens. Credit: Collins)

A judge has told the jury in the trial of three young men accused of raping a woman in a car that they must not make moral judgements on the accused or engage in “victim blaming”.

The three accused, who are now in their early 20s and who cannot be named for legal reasons, have pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping a woman at Bull Island, Dollymount, Dublin, on January 5, 2016.

The defendants were all teenagers when, it is alleged, they drove the then 18-year-old woman to Dollymount strand, took turns ….read more

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Jury continue deliberating in creche abuse trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Declan Brennan and Isabel Hayes

The jury in the trial of a child care worker accused of sexually assaulting four young girls will continue its deliberations tomorrow.

The 29-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of sexually assaulting four girls at a Leinster crèche on dates between August 2014 and December 2016, when they were aged between five and eight years old.

The man is alleged to have touched the children’s genitals over their clothes on a number of occasions at locations in the crèche building and on the crèche bus.

The jury of ….read more

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Environmental group challenges major housing development

High Court

An Environmental group has secured permission from the High Court to challenge An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant planning permission for a development consisting of over 650 apartments in Raheny in Dublin.

The challenge has been brought by John Conway and the Louth Environmental Group NGO against An Bord Pleanala’s decision of February 13 last to allow Crekav Trading GP Ltd develop a strategic housing development on lands east of St Paul’s College, Sybil Hill Road in Raheny.

The proposed development consists of 657 apartments in nine blocks ranging in height between five and nine storeys and a creche.

The lands in question ….read more

Paula Farrell

Murder accused told gardai nothing sexual took place, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Paula Farrell. Credit: Collins)

A 47-year-old woman who stabbed her partner to death during a drunken row has insisted to a jury that she was sexually attacked by the deceased on the night, despite telling gardai in her interviews that nothing sexual had happened between them.

The mother-of-three was being cross-examined by the State for a third day in her murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Paula Farrell, of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter for the unlawful killing of Wayne ‘Quilly’ McQuillan (30) at Ms Farrell’s home on New Year’s ….read more

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Street dealer asked plain clothes garda what they wanted

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A drug dealer who asked two garda members in plain clothes what they wanted has been jailed for two years and nine months.

John Bayly (31), of Foxdene Gardens, Lucan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Foxdene Avenue, Lucan, on June 2, 2017 and to the same offence at Clonburris, Clondalkin, on 27 September, 2018.

Garda Denis Lordan told Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, that on the date in June 2017, Bayly was observed in the middle of a drugs transaction by gardaí.

When approached by gardaí, Bayly fled on his bike, leaving behind ….read more


Girl sent home from hospital after contracting meningitis has €12m settlement approved

High Court

(Pictured: (L) Solicitor Donnacha Anhold and (R) Robyn Kilgallon’s father Declan speaking to media outside the Four Courts today. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has approved a €12m settlement in an action brought by a nine-year-old girl who was not admitted to Sligo General Hospital after she contracted bacterial meningitis.

The settlement was made in favour of Robyn Kilgallon, who sued the HSE arising out of the care she received she was brought to Sligo General Hospital A&E Department on February 1st 2011, when she was aged just 10 months.

She claimed the HSE had been negligent on grounds including that there was ….read more

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