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FBD won't appeal landmark ruling over Covid compensation for pubs

High Court

Insurer FBD does not intend to appeal a landmark High Court ruling that pub owners are entitled to be compensated for the disruption their businesses suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In his decision earlier this month, the outcome of which affects claims made by some 1,000 Irish pubs and restaurants, Mr Justice Denis McDonald found that a policy sold by FBD covered losses that four pubs sustained by having to close due to the global health emergency.

The case was briefly mentioned before Mr Justice McDonald on Wednesday morning, who was told by Declan McGrath SC for FBD that his ….read more

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Attacker brought flowers, chocolates and apology for 'human shield'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Craig Courtney. Credit: Collins)

A man who gave flowers, chocolates and a written apology to a woman the day after he assaulted her with a hurley during an episode of “extreme lawlessness” has received a fully suspended sentence.

Craig Courtney (25) was one of five men who pursued two men into a shop. When one of the pursued men used a member of staff as a human shield, Courtney accidentally struck her with a hurley stick he was swinging, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Courtney of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, Dublin 24 pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Roberta Rodriguez Brasil at ….read more


Violent Luas attacker claimed he was with 'well-known crime group'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A violent attacker claimed he was involved with “a well-known crime group” and threatened to kill various security guards while being restrained after attacking their colleague, a court has heard.

James Fagan (28) punched a security guard who had initially attempted to restrain him after responding to reports of the accused abusing passengers on a tram.

Fagan of Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and three counts of making threats to kill or cause serious harm at Red Cow Luas Stop, Clondalkin, on July 28, 2019.

He has a prior conviction for assault causing harm ….read more

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'Notorious environmental polluter' has challenge adjourned

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Jim Ferry. Credit: Collins)

A man described by a High Court judge as a “notorious environmental polluter” and who was jailed arising out of illegal dumping has had his challenge against another waste disposal company adjourned for a year.

The action was brought under Section 160 of the 2000 Planning and Development Act and the 1996 Waste Management Act by Mr Jim Ferry, who claims that another waste facility has been operating without proper planning permission.

That facility, located at Labbadish, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny Co Donegal, is operated by firms John Caulderbank – trading as D&M Services – and D&M Environmental ….read more

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Enraged man attacked partner and sister while high on coke

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was high on cocaine when he “lost the plot” and attacked two women including his then partner when she accused him of cheating has been jailed for 18 months.

A witness described Michael Joyce (23) as being “vicious and violent and grinding his teeth” during the attack.

Detective Garda Des Molloy told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that on the night of May 24, 2020 Joyce’s then girlfriend Katelyn Stevenson became suspicious of him and began looking through his mobile phone to see if he was hiding something from her.

Joyce became annoyed and shouted at her to give him back ….read more

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'I'll kill you all, man, woman or child': court hears of feuding families

Central Criminal Court

A father-of-four who discharged a firearm at a Co Offaly halting site could be heard saying: “I’ll kill you all, man, woman or child and I’ll blow your brains out”, his sentence hearing was told today.

The court heard that Simon Quilligan went on the run after the attack for 19 months before he was eventually extradited back from the UK.

The Central Criminal Court also heard that “bad blood going back a while” had existed between the Quilligan and McDonagh families but it “was all in the past now”.

In a letter of apology to the victim’s family, Simon ….read more

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