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Residents reopen action over Children's Hospital construction

High Court

High Court proceedings brought by residents who claim their homes have been damaged by construction work on the National Children’s Hospital in Dublin have recommenced.

In 2017 residents from the O’Reilly Avenue, Ceannt Fort and Mount Brown areas of Dublin 8 sued the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and BAM Civil Limited, the firm which is building the hospital.

The residents, who live close to St James Hospital in Dublin where the new €1bn children’s hospital is being constructed, claimed their homes have been damaged as a result of certain works being carried out by the defendants.

They had sought orders including an ….read more

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IRA accused told gardai he was supposed to be meet shooting victim

Special Criminal Court

An IRA accused told a garda that he was meeting his “friend”, dissident republican Peter Butterly, just minutes after arriving at the scene where the father-of-three was fatally shot, his trial has heard.

Ray Kennedy (39) and Laurence Murphy (62) are on trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court, charged in connection with the “meticulously planned killing” of Mr Butterly.

The three-judge court heard yesterday that Mr Kennedy arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting, as there had been an arrangement for the two men to meet. Mr Kennedy, the trial heard, had been in contact with a phone belonging ….read more

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Man who made "off the record" drugs confession is jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man has been jailed for two years after he told gardaí “off the record” that he had been put under pressure to hold €53,000 worth of drugs.

Laurence Christie (31) Church Grove, Aylesbury, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to being in possession of both cocaine and cannabis for sale or supply at his home on December 22, 2017. He has five previous convictions for road traffic offences.

Judge Martin Nolan acknowledged that Christie told gardaí “privately” that he was holding the drugs to pays off a debt after denying in interview that he used drugs or owed ….read more

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Defendant in sexual exploitation case "didn't know he was committing crime"

Central Criminal Court

A 20-year-old who was 16 when he told a 12-year-old girl he would send around photos of her in a sexual act if she didn’t “give a blowjob” to another boy has said he did not know he was committing a crime.

The defendant had previously forced the child to perform oral sex on him while other youths recorded the act on their mobile phones.

The man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child at a place in Dublin on August 21 and August 25, 2015.

The Central Criminal Court previously heard evidence that the defendant knew the girl ….read more

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Drugs counsellor caught with €136k in cocaine

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former drugs counsellor was caught transporting €136,000 of cocaine, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Christian Herbert (40) of Sheepmore Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of cocaine for sale or supply at Blackcourt Road, Corduff, on November 16, 2018.

The court heard that on the date in question, the accused was caught transporting approximately €136,000 of cocaine on behalf of another person. Herbert was promised a reduction of €500 from a drug debt for transporting the cocaine.

Seamus Clarke SC, defending, told the court that his client had previously been addicted to drugs, but ….read more

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Tracking devices found on white Range Rover, murder plot trial hears

Special Criminal Court

A Detective has told a court how he found two tracking devices attached to a white Range Rover which belonged to the partner of a man who was the intended victim of a murder plot.

Detective Garda Ronan Doolan gave evidence this morning in the trial of Liam Brannigan (37) from Bride Street, Dublin 8.

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.

This morning Det Gda Doolan told the Special Criminal Court that on Sunday, September 17th, 2017, he and his colleague ….read more

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