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Injunction over alleged trespass at Traveller housing scheme is extended

High Court

The High Court has extended orders preventing persons from trespassing or occupying part of a Traveller Group Housing Scheme operated by Leitrim County Council.

On Friday Mr Justice Conor Dignam was told that while the persons who had moved on the site had vacated the property, the local authority was concerned that others may seek to occupy a site which it says is not safe.

Last month the council secured an injunction after informing the court that the occupiers parked their caravans in a derelict bay at the Shannonside View Traveller Group Housing Scheme in Carrick-on-Shannon Co Leitrim and had refused ….read more

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Businessman denies resenting FG councillor for making him sell Dalkey home

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(Pictured: FG County Councillor Mr Edward Timmins. Photo: Collins)

A businessman has denied that he resented a Fine Gael county councillor and other directors of his packaging firm for “making” him sell his Dalkey home to provide funding for the business.

AB Group Packaging owner Dermot Brady told the Workplace Relations Commission that he invested the €1.7 million proceeds from the sale of his house back into the firm but had planned on moving out.

Mr Brady is defending an unfair dismissal claim by his former finance director, Wicklow county councillor Edward Timmins, who claims he was dismissed in a “sham” redundancy in ….read more

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On bail criminal with 330 previous convictions in violent mugging

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Claire Henry

The young victim of a violent late night mugging has told a court that he forgives the on-bail criminal with 330 previous convictions who punched him and took his phone when he was knocked to the ground.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that in the early hours of 13 September, 2018 a 19-year-old student at Trinity College was out socialising with some friends. Sometime after 2am the man was standing outside Londis on Westmoreland Street with his wallet in his hand.

The court heard that a woman ran toward the victim, snatched the wallet out of his hand, and ran ….read more

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Man kidnapped ex-wife for 24 hours and threatened to kill her

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who kidnapped his ex-wife, drove her around the North for 24 hours to evade gardaí and threatened to kill them both has been sentenced to five years in prison.

William O’Donnell (24) told Brigid Reilly his life wasn’t worth living and that if he couldn’t have her, no one could. He said he would ruin her reputation within the Travelling community and that if she made a scene, he would drive them both “under a lorry”.

O’Donnell, of Broadmeadow Castle, Ashbourne, Co Meath pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning and threatening to kill his former wife ….read more

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Prosecution closes case in Dean Kerrie murder trial

Central Criminal Court

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

The prosecution has finished calling evidence in the trial of a then-teenage boy who is accused of murdering a fisherman who entered his home in the early hours of the morning.

On the final day of prosecution evidence in the trial of Dean Kerrie, the jury heard from Dr Stephen Clifford of Forensic Science Ireland, who said he examined a number of items taken from the accused man’s home.

He told prosecution counsel, Michael Delaney SC, that a swab from an area of blood staining on a knife that was found in the kitchen revealed ….read more

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Uninsured driver gets suspended sentence for running over drunk man laying in road

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eoin Ryan

An uninsured driver has received a suspended prison sentence for a hit-and-run in which he ran over a drunk man who had been laying in the road after walking into oncoming traffic.

John Fitzpatrick (39) of The Gardens, Carrickmines Manor, Dublin, pleaded guilty to driving away from a car accident involving an injury, careless driving, and driving without insurance.

The court heard that the victim was intoxicated when he came out of a pub in Cork Street, Dublin on September 6, 2019. He told gardaí he remembers coming out of the pub to get the Luas but has no memory ….read more

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