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'Day of reckoning': defence in Lunney trial criticises government inaction of data law

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Defence Counsel Mr Michael O’Higgins SC. Credit: Collins)

A barrister representing one of the men accused of abducting and assaulting Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney has criticised the government’s failure to legislate on how gardai can access mobile phone data and said that a “day of reckoning” has now come over the State’s failure to act.

Michael O’Higgins SC told the Special Criminal Court that the State has decided to “shrug their shoulders” following various court rulings and reports since 2012 which revealed problems with the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011.

A 40-year-old man who cannot be named by ….read more

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Woman to stand trial accused of murdering two-year-old

Central Criminal Court

A woman accused of murdering a two-year-old child in the south of the country will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in September.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will go on trial in Waterford on September 13 charged with murdering the child on July 5, 2019. The court heard today that the case could last up to four weeks.

She was due to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in February but the case was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions as the courts stopped swearing-in new juries to hear trials.

At the last hearing of ….read more

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Man appeals IRA conviction after threat to shoot accident victim

Special Criminal Court

A Dubliner has appealed against his conviction for IRA membership, following a threat to shoot an accident victim if he did not withdraw a claim.

Ciaran Maguire (32) was one of two men jailed by the Special Criminal Court in the 2018 case. Maguire of Kippure Park in Finglas, had denied membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on August 2nd, 2017.

His co-accused, Kevin Braney (46) of Glenshane Crescent in Tallaght, had also denied the charge, but both were found guilty of IRA membership by the three-judge court.

The court had ….read more

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Eamon Kelly died from shots to the back, Marie Cassidy tells trial

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Professor Marie Cassidy. Credit: Collins)

Murdered gangland figure Eamon Kelly died from multiple gunshot wounds to his back in a daytime shooting nine years ago, retired State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy has told the Special Criminal Court.

Father-of-nine Kelly (65) was shot four times as he walked towards his home in north Dublin in December of 2012. He was one of the country’s most well-known criminal figures, having been involved in organised crime for more than four decades.

The three-judge court is hearing the trial of Kenneth Donohoe and Darren Murphy, who are charged with murdering the criminal at Furry Park ….read more

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Husband of Valerie French Kilroy to strand trial for murder

Central Criminal Court

A husband accused of murdering his wife in Mayo in 2019 will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in October.

James Kilroy (47) of Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo, is accused of the murder of mother-of-three Valerie French Kilroy (41) at their home in June 2019.

Today Mr Justice Michael White fixed a date of October 11 for the trial, which is expected to last three to four days at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

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Woman with 112 previous convictions handled €11k in stolen handbags

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Stephen Bourke

A mother-of-three will be sentenced later for handling €11,000 worth of stolen handbags taken in a burglary and found by Gardaí for sale in a shop in Dublin.

Margaret Connors (26) of Glenshane Lawns, Tallaght, Dublin 24, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to handling stolen property on May 28th, 2019 at a city centre shop. She has 12 previous convictions including theft, shoplifting and road traffic offences.

Garda Marguerite O’Reilly of the Special Crimes Task Force told Mr John Byrne, BL, prosecuting, that “high-end ladies’ handbags and shoulder bags” worth around €11,000 were taken in a burglary in ….read more

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