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'You took my courage from me all those years ago. Today I take it back': sister to abuser brother

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman who was frequently sexually assaulted by her older brother over a two-year period in the 1970s addressed her abuser in court today, tell him: “You took my courage from me all those years ago. Today I take it back.”

Catherine Kirwan (57), who waived her anonymity so that her brother could be named, said she lived a life of “fear and dread” and that the abuse had influenced all her relationships, her marriage, every decision she makes and everything she does.

Paul Brothwood (63) of Apples Road, Wedgewood Estate, Sandyford was today sentenced to eight months in prison after ….read more


Spanish trio caught graffitiing Dart carriages avoid jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

Three Spanish nationals who graffitied the exteriors of four Dart carriages as part of a “misguided artistic endeavour” have each received a suspended prison sentence.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the three men’s actions resulted in over €18,700 in damages and loss of revenue to Irish Rail.

Jonay Saiz Gallo (25), Luis Garcia Diaz (30) and Francisco Jose Jiminez Espinosa (27) each pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Fairview Dart Depot on October 10, 2021.

Judge Pauline Codd said a substantial amount of damage was caused before she imposed suspended sentences on the three men and ordered them to pay compensation ….read more


Worker of 18 years service entitled to refuse lengthy commute by bus


A catering worker of 18 years service has won her claim for a redundancy payment worth over €15,000 after a ruling that it was reasonable for her to say no to a transfer that would have required a lengthy commute by bus.

Niamh Ryan’s complaint under the Redundancy Payments Act against Corporate Catering Services Ltd was upheld in a decision published this morning by the Workplace Relations Commission, which found that the move would have involved significant extra travel time, costs and disruption to her personal life.

Ms Ryan’s trade union rep, Pat O’Donoghue of Siptu, said his member’s employment at the ….read more


'I'm going to kill you': witness says deceased was choking teenager now on trial for murder

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Accused Mr Dean Kerrie. Photo: Collins)

An eye witness has told a jury that a drunk fisherman entered the home of a then-teenager, who is now on trial for murder, and began choking him and telling him: “I’m going to kill you.”

Witness Dylan Jones also described the prosecution’s claim that Jack Power was leaving the house when Dean Kerrie stabbed him to death as “false”, “complete lies”, and a “conspiracy”.

He told prosecution counsel Michael Delaney SC: “This account is the truth and nothing but the truth. You are trying to make conspiracies of it but I’m telling the whole ….read more

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Supreme Court won't hear Ben Gilroy's bid to halt possession of home

Supreme Court

(Pictured: Mr Ben Gilroy. Photo: Collins)

The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by political candidate and anti-eviction activist Ben Gilroy and his wife Sarah Jane Gilroy against a decision to grant a mortgage company a possession order for their home.

In a written determination, a panel of three Supreme Court judges held that no point of general public importance that the court needed to consider had been raised by the Gilroys.

The Gilroys have opposed a lower court’s decision to grant Start Mortgages DAC a possession order in respect of the couple’s principle private dwelling in Navan, Co Meath.

Start claimed ….read more

24/01/06The Four Courts Building, Dublin.Picture Garrett White / Collins

Jury unable to reach verdict in historic sex abuse trial

High Court

A High Court jury has been unable to agree a verdict in a damages action brought by a man who claims he was sexually and physically abused over 60 years ago by a former teacher and a member of a Roman Catholic religious order.

After deliberating for over six hours following a six-day trial, the jury late on Thursday evening told Mr Justice Alex Owens that it was unable to agree on a verdict.

The jury in the man’s civil action had been asked to decide if the plaintiff had been orally raped by the teacher on two occasions when he was ….read more

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