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FBD exec told publican that policy covered Covid loses

High Court

An executive with FBD insurance has told the High Court he was in error when he told a publican that the insurer’s business disruption policy for bars covered losses caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Paul Shanahan, who is a Business Development Executive with FBD, accepted that he told Mr Noel Anderson – the managing director of the ‘Lemon and Duke’ bar – in early March this year that FBD’s policy covered business disruption losses caused by Covid-19.

Mr Anderson, whose partners in the bar/restaurant include Irish rugby players Sean O’Brien, brothers Dave and Rob Kearney, and Jamie Heaslip, told the High Court ….read more

John Tierney

Driver who killed motorcyclist after changing lanes avoids jail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: John Tierney. Credit: Collins)

A driver whose car struck and killed a motorcyclist when he “suddenly” moved his car into the bus lane has received a fully suspended sentence.

Stephen Fee (53) was knocked from his motorcycle when John Tierney (53) suddenly pulled his car into the bus lane in which Mr Fee had been driving.

Tierney, of Rockhouse, Gowna, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing death at Junction 3 of the N4, Lucan, Co Dublin, on December 10, 2018. He has no previous convictions.

Passing sentencing today, Judge Martin Nolan said Mr Fee’s death was ….read more

Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport 'a legitimate military target', on-trial peace activist says

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Shannon Airport is “a legitimate military target” according to international law, a “peace activist” on trial for damaging the runway there has told a court.

Colm Roddy (78) of Bayside Walk, Dublin 13 and Dave Donnellan (60) of Reuben Street, Rialto, Dublin have both pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Court to criminal damage of the perimeter fence and runway at Shannon Airport in Co. Clare on May 5, 2016.

On day two of their trial, Sergeant Mark Brown told the jury that he had over 20 years experience as part of the airport police and his responsibility was to ensure the ….read more

Roxana Dufficy

Woman threatened to send 'compromising' photos of man to friends and family

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Roxana Dufficy. Credit: Collins)

A woman who threatened to send “compromising” photos of a man to his friends and family and refused to stop contacting him over a five year period has received a fully suspended sentence.

During the period of harassment Roxana Dufficy (32) messaged several of the victim’s family members claiming that he was not the father of his girlfriend’s unborn child, although his girlfriend was not pregnant at the time.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Dufficy would ring the man’s work looking for him “almost constantly” and that she sent multiple letters to his mother’s home.

Dufficy, of Holywell ….read more

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Brothers claim they are victims of 'elaborate €1.2m fraud'

High Court

Two brothers who claim they are the victims of an “elaborate fraud” have secured a High Court order freezing the assets of a friend whom they gave €1.25m to invest in various projects.

The action has been brought by Gary and David McGuinness against US-based David Morrisroe, who they claim has failed to answer their questions about funds they gave to him in 2015 and 2016 to be invested in Irish and European property and precious gems.

They now believe that no such investments were ever made by the defendant and claim that Mr Morrisroe has misappropriated money from them, which they ….read more

Lynda Goldsmith

'Theft of security and trust': woman stole from elderly friend (90)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Lynda Goldsmith. Credit: Collins)

A woman who stole her elderly friend’s bank card while visiting the woman in hospital will be sentenced later for stealing over €2,700 from the victim over three months.

In the months before the 90-year-old victim’s hospitalisation, Lynda Goldsmith (65) began taking money from her bank account by getting cash back while she was buying groceries for her using her debit card.

She also took money from the woman’s purse which was in a drawer in the woman’s bedroom. It has never been determined how much cash Goldsmith stole from the woman’s purse but she told gardaí in ….read more

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