News Archive of Ireland International News Agency

File pic ccj with van

Pensioner who raped and abused two generations of his family "not too old" for 20-year sentence

Court of Appeal

A 69-year-old man sent to prison last year for abusing two generations of his family is not too old to serve a 20-year sentence, according to lawyers for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The man (69), who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victims, was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury of indecently assaulting and raping his grandson from 2004 to 2015 when the boy was aged between four and fifteen years old.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting three of his daughters, attempting to rape one of them and raping another on dates from 1981 ….read more


Mum-of-three with "battered past" jailed for smuggling heroin into prison

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A Kildare mother of three has been jailed for an attempt to smuggle heroin into Mountjoy Prison.

Kerrie Fitzpatrick (40), of Loughnamona Park, Leixlip, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to conveying a controlled drug into Mountjoy prison on January 14, 2017.

Garda Derek Gibney told the court that Fitzpatrick was selected for a random check by a prison officer at Mountjoy and she indicated she had drugs concealed internally.

The package was handed over and found to contain 63 grams of heroin valued at €9,575.

She told gardaí she had got a phone call asking her to bring a package ….read more


Accused a "good friend" to murdered dissident republican, widow told gardai

Special Criminal Court

The widow of dissident republican Peter Butterly told gardai that a man on trial in connection with the “meticulously-planned killing” of her husband was a “good friend” to both of them, the Special Criminal Court heard today.

The deceased man’s wife also said that Mr Butterly had five death threats against him, including one from slain Real IRA leader Alan Ryan.

The non-jury court also heard that the father-of-three told his wife that he was meeting IRA accused Ray Kennedy in The Huntsman Inn in Gormanston, Co Meath at 2pm on March 6, 2013. In his opening address, the prosecution ….read more


Gardai didn't consider data protection when harvesting CCTV, trial told

Special Criminal Court

A senior garda who directed a team which harvested 3,500 hours worth of CCTV from premises across Dublin for an investigation into a murder plot has told a court that he did not consider the Data Protection Act nor the data protection of members of the public.

Detective Sergeant Declan O’Connell was giving evidence today at the trial of Liam Brannigan (37) from Bride Street, Dublin 8, in the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Brannigan is charged with conspiring to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between September 15th and November 6th, 2017.

The accused has pleaded not guilty.

Today the non-jury ….read more

Four Courts building2

Council wins action against Travellers over housing site

High Court

Clare County Council has won its High Court action against two members of the Irish Traveller Community over a site that the local authority has earmarked for new social housing units.

Mr Justice Senan Allen found that the Council was entitled to various orders against Bernard and Helen McDonagh in respect of lands at Ashline, Kilrush Road, Ennis, onto which the defendants moved their caravans in November 2017.

The orders include a permanent injunction preventing the defendants from trespassing on the site.

The judge, in his judgement, also dismissed a counterclaim brought by the McDonaghs who had argued that they were entitled to ….read more

Garda stock2

Men arrested for alleged attempted murder of PSNI officer seek records

Court of Appeal

Lawyers for two men wanted in Northern Ireland for the alleged attempted murder of a PSNI officer, must wait to hear the outcome of their latest legal challenges.

Dublin men Ciaran Maguire (29), of Kippure Park, Finglas South and Sean Paul Farrell (32), of Stannaway Road, Kimmage, are wanted in Northern Ireland for the alleged attempted murder of a police officer and possession of explosives with intent to endanger life. Both men face life imprisonment on both counts if found guilty.

A European Arrest Warrant issued by northern Irish authorities states that an Improvised Explosive Device was found under the car ….read more

  • Become a Courts News Ireland Subscriber

    Sign-up today for full reports on the proceedings of the Central Criminal Court Ireland, the Special Criminal Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal and High Court extradition.

    As a subscriber, you'll have priority access to the full stories as soon as they are filed.

    If you represent a company or institution interested in subscribing to Courts News Ireland, please contact for more information about Group Subscriptions.

    If you're a newspaper professional or broadcaster interested in acquiring a licence to publish our content, please click subscribe and select the "Publisher's Account" option to have a Courts News Ireland representative contact you.

  • Get alerts for
    every new story

    Register now to receive alerts when new stories are posted to Courts News Ireland.