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31/1/13 Gardai continue investigations into the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe at Bellurgan outside Dundalk. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

Garda Adrian Donohoe murder trial begins with enlarged jury

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: The scene of the shooting outside Bellurgan Credit Union, Dundalk, in 2013. Credit: Collins)

A 15-person jury has been sworn-in to hear the trial of a man charged with the capital murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe seven years ago.

Aaron Brady, wearing a blue suit, white shirt and blue tie, replied “not guilty” when charged with the murder of Det Gda Donohoe who was then a member of An Garda Siochana on active duty on January 25, 2013 at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Co Louth.

The 28-year-old from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh also replied “not guilty” to a charge ….read more

Ben OReilly

Former youth rugby player avoids jail for attack on transgender escort

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ben O’Reilly. Credit: Collins)

A former youth rugby player who assaulted a transgender escort in her home has received a fully suspended sentence.

Ben O’Reilly (21) formerly of The Old Mill, Ratoath, Co Meath, now residing at Village Green, Kilucan, Co Westmeath, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting Fernanda de Freitas causing her harm and robbing her of cash and her iPhone at her home on May 20, 2017.

On the third day of the trial in December 2019 at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, a jury of ten women and two men convicted O’Reilly of assaulting Ms de Freitas and acquitted him ….read more

Louise OConnor

Daughter said mother told her "every day" that she should have been aborted

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Ms Louise O’Connor. Credit: Collins)

A woman accused of impeding the investigation into her mother’s alleged murder told gardai that the retired hospital worker would tell her and her daughter every day that they should have been “aborted”.

Mother-of-five Louise O’Connor also told interviewing detectives that she did not “harm a hair” on Patricia O’Connor’s head and said she would go to her grave knowing that.The accused woman also told gardai that despite everything, she really loved her mother.

The jury was listening to three interviews today given by the daughter of the deceased, Louise O’Connor, to gardai on September 2, ….read more

Declan Daly

First conviction for female genital mutilation sees married couple jailed

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Detective Chief Superintendent Declan Daly, of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, speaking to the media outside court today. Credit: Collins)

A married couple convicted of the female genital mutilation (FGM) of their daughter in the first case of its kind in the nation’s history have been jailed.

The couple both pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of carrying out an act of FGM on a then one-year-old girl at an address in Dublin on September 16, 2016.

The 37-year-old man and 27-year-old woman also pleaded not guilty to one count of child cruelty on the same ….read more

Peter Bellew

Ryanair must pay only portion of former COO's legal bill after failed action

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Peter Bellew. Credit: Collins)

A judge has ruled that Ryanair must only pay a portion of the legal costs of its former Chief Operations Officer Peter Bellew for having to defend the airline’s failed legal bid to block his move to rivals EasyJet.

Ryanair had sought to compel Mr Bellew to comply with a covenant that he would not join a competitor for a year following termination of work with Ryanair

Last month, when dismissing Ryanair’s action following an eight-day hearing, Mr Justice Senan ruled that a clause in Mr Bellew’s contract restraining him from working for another airline for 12 ….read more

Lorraine Wheatley

Senior garda "absolutely astounded" by whistleblower's bullying complaint

Tribunal

(Pictured: Garda Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley. Credit: Collins)

by Paul Neilan

A Chief Superintendent has told a tribunal she was “astounded, disappointed and incredulous” when she was informed of a bullying complaint made against her by a Garda whistleblower, a tribunal has heard.

The Disclosures Tribunal is in its eighth week of hearing evidence into the treatment of whistleblower Garda Nicholas Keogh, who made a protected disclosure in 2014.

Gda Keogh alleges that a senior member of the Athlone drugs unit, identified to the tribunal as Garda A, was in an improper relationship with an alleged heroin dealer, identified as Ms B.

The tribunal, chaired ….read more

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