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FBD policies cover partial closure of pubs during Covid restrictions, judge finds

High Court

The High Court has ruled that four publicans, who won significant test actions over FBD’s failure to pay out on business disruption claims caused by Covid-19, are entitled to their legal costs but not on the highest scale.

Mr Justice Denis McDonald also ruled that the word “closure” in FBD’s Public House Policy of insurance
is not confined to a total shutdown of the insured properties premises but extends to a closure of part of the premises.

The publicans had argued that the policy also indemnifies them during the periods when the pubs were partially closed or limited in what ….read more

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Worker fell to death from 'unsafe' scaffold

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Colin Wendel. Credit: Collins)

A construction company and its owner who admitted failings in the death of a worker who fell from a defective scaffold have been fined €40,000 and €5,000 respectively.

Andezej Buraczewski fell to his death from the fourth level of a scaffolding platform which was later found to be “unsafe” and “not fit for purpose”, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

A subsequent report on the scaffolding found there were a number of defects, it wasn’t in compliance with regulations and “nobody should have been standing on it,” Inspector Frank Kerins from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) told ….read more

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Jail for body-building supplier who dealt in illegal steroids

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A business owner supplying supplements to the weight lifting community who had a side business dealing steroids has been jailed for 21 months.

Robert Wynne (37), who had a legitimate nutrition supplements business, bought the illegally held substances in Northern Ireland and then supplied them to friends and acquittances.

Wynne, of Poppintree Terrace, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to possession of medicinal products, namely Metogen, TrenaGen, Clenbuterol and Enegen, without a prescription in a branded van at his home and two business premises at Bruteforce Nutrition, Gateway Crescent, Ballymun and Greencastle Parade, Coolock on October 5, 2018.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Wynne has ….read more

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Courts getting 'impatient' with young people allowing accounts to be used by criminals

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Judge Martin Nolan. Credit: Collins)

The criminal courts are getting “impatient” with young people who think they can use their bank accounts to launder criminal funds for “easy money”, a Circuit Court judge has said.

Judge Martin Nolan was speaking in the case of 19-year-old Zach Phelan, who went on a €9,000 shopping spree after just over €36,000 of stolen money was sent to his account.

“This is getting very prevalent and the court is seeing these types of crimes all the time,” Judge Nolan said. “This court is becoming a little bit impatient with young people of all types who seem ….read more

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Married man (51) stabbed ex-partner (31) in front of daughter, murder trial hears

Central Criminal Court

A married man repeatedly stabbed a younger woman he was previously in a relationship with in front of their six-year-old daughter, a prosecution barrister has told a murder trial.

A witness told the trial this afternoon that she heard a child screaming outside her window on the afternoon of the killing and said: “The second scream sounded like a dog was about to attack the child, it was like a cry for help”. The witness described comforting the “distraught” child after she picked her up and carried her away from her mother’s body.

Another witness testified that he had seen ….read more

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Businesswoman allegedly threatened to drive car through receiver's window

High Court

A businesswoman allegedly threatened to drive her vehicle through the front window of the offices of a receiver appointed over properties belonging to her husband, the High Court has heard.

Receiver Mr Declan Taite, of the firm Duff and Phelps, claims that Ms Mairead Barry has engaged in acts of intimidation and had made threats against him, his family and certain employees of the company.

As a result, lawyers representing Mr Taite have asked the High Court for various orders against Ms Barry, of Cairn Woods, Ballyviniter, Mallow, Co Cork.

These include an injunction preventing Ms Barry and her servants ….read more

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