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6.5 years for man caught with loaded gun, masks and gloves

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who claims he agreed to carry a loaded semi-automatic pistol to pay off a drug debt has been jailed for six and half years.

Robert O’Connor (34) of Snowdrop Walk, Darndale, Dublin 17, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the semi-automatic pistol in Finglas on October 13, 21. His previous convictions include drugs offences, stealing cars, criminal damage, theft and road traffic offences.

The gun had three rounds of ammunition in the magazine and one round in the breach, Garda Sean Kelly told John Moher BL, prosecuting.

O’Connor had been followed by gardaí after he and another ….read more

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Injunction secured over 'illegal occupation' of housing lands by up to 40 caravans

High Court

A development company has secured a High Court injunction over what it claims is the ‘large-scale’ illegal occupation by up to 40 caravans of lands ear-marked for a major housing project in Co Laois.

Mr Justice Brian O’Moore said on Wednesday that he was satisfied to grant an injunction in favour of the owner of the lands, Salzagold Limited, requiring a large number of persons to vacate the property at Graigcullen in Co Laois.

The company’s counsel, Stephen Byrne BL, said his client wants to develop the greenfield site into much-needed housing and other facilities for the nearby Carlow Town area.

However, ….read more

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Factory worker accused of plotting wildcat strike is awarded for unfair dismissal

Inquiry

A yoghurt factory worker who was accused of plotting a wildcat strike has been awarded over €4,000 in compensation and redress after being unfairly sacked.

The Workplace Relations Commission found there was a “real and present danger” to the company – but that the worker had been “singled out” and “made an example of” in a rushed dismissal without proper procedure.

Bartlomiej Wilczynski, who denied his bosses’ allegations, had his complaints under the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 and the Minimum Notice & Terms of Employment Act 1973 against Irish Yogurts Ltd of Scartagh, Clonakilty, Co Cork upheld by the WRC in a ….read more

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Divorced couple avoid jail for part in €180k invoice fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A divorced couple have received a fully suspended prison sentence for laundering nearly €180,000 of cash stolen from an education board in an invoice redirect fraud.

Zanab Ibrahim (51) of Wolfe Tone Street, Cavan, Co Cavan and her ex-husband Francis Falaye (54) of Lobinstown Apartment, Navan, Co Meath pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to money laundering on October 31, 2014. The couple had divorced in 2004.

The court heard that while €178,695 was transferred to a bank account in the name of Ibrahim’s business, €50,000 of this was transferred to Falaye’s account four days later.

Garda Shane Fitzsimons told Emmet ….read more

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Swimming instructor agrees to abide by terms of injunction over lessons

High Court

A qualified swimming instructor has agreed to abide by the terms of a High Court injunction restraining him from giving swimming lessons anywhere within a five-mile radius of his former employer’s premises until mid-October.

The injunction was granted by Mr Justice Conor Dignam in June in favour of Limerick-based Swim Max Limited, which is seeking to enforce the terms of a restrictive covenant it claims formed part of Ricardo Rojas’s contract of employment.

It was claimed that Mr Rojas, with an address in Limerick City, left the company in late April. Swim Max alleges that he breached the terms of ….read more

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Irish bullion company a 'Ponzi scheme' with no stock, High Court told

High Court

A company that claimed to offer gold and silver bullion to investors was actually a “Ponzi scheme” that defrauded its customers, the High Court has heard.

The company, Irish Gold and Silver Bullion Ltd (IGSB), with a registered address at The Crescent, Monkstown in South Co Dublin was wound-up last year and chartered accountant Myles Kirby was appointed as liquidator.

Arising out of a thorough investigation of the firm’s affairs, Mr Kirby has brought High Court proceedings against the firm’s director and sole shareholder Nicholas Wickham, who it is claimed recklessly got customers to put money into IGSB which Mr Kirby ….read more

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