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Firm must continue to pay dismissed director who made protected disclosures

High Court

The High Court has ruled that a food services company must continue the contract of employment of a director who made protected disclosures about alleged wrongdoings until their dispute has been determined by the Workplace Relations Commission.

The protected disclosures were made by CGI Food Services and CGI Holdings Ltd’s group financial controller John Clarke, who was dismissed from his role in May 2019.

Mr Clarke claims he was dismissed following his suspension because he made a protected disclosure about food safety and financial irregularities.

He claimed there were serious shortcomings regarding the storage and freezing of customer food products.

Products were not frozen ….read more

Stephen Power

Company director jailed for €50k tax fraud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Stephen Power. Credit: Collins)

A company director who created bogus invoices to avoid paying nearly €50,000 in tax has been jailed for six months.

Stephen Power would never have been prosecuted if he had owned up to Revenue as soon as they started investigating him, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Instead, he made no admissions and was found to have avoided paying taxes to the value of €47,700 between 2010 and 2013.

Power, with an address at Turvey Avenue, Donabate, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to four counts of knowingly filing incorrect end-of-year tax returns to Revenue between January 2011 and December ….read more

Sunset House

Murder accused a 'two-bit car thief' and 'no James Bond', his defence tell trial

Special Criminal Court

A UK man accused of murdering Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub in Dublin is “no James Bond or Ethan Hunt” but is instead a “two-bit car thief”, his own defence team have told the Special Criminal Court.

The defence closed its case today by telling the three-judge court that the defendant could not “logically” have been the killer.

Liverpool native David Hunter, with an address at Du Cane Road, White City, London, is pleading not guilty before the Special Criminal Court to the murder of Mr Barr (35) at the pub in Summerhill in Dublin on the night of ….read more

23/11/'09 A Jury room in The new EUR140 million Criminal Courts of Justice in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 pictured this morning after the building was handed over to the Courts Service. The new building houses 22 courts (11 of which have electronic evidence display facilities, 6 have Video Link Facilities). The courts will hear their first criminal case next Wedesday 25th November with a phased relocation of the District Court, District Court Appeal, Circuit Court, Central Criminal Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and Special Criminal Court...Picture , Collins, Dublin.

Jury deliberating in rape trial

Central Criminal Court

The jury has begun their deliberations in the trial of a Westmeath man accused of raping a woman he met at a New Year’s Eve ball at a GAA clubhouse.

The 33-year-old man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape at his home in Westmeath on January 1, 2017.

The complainant was visiting a friend and had planned to spend the night in that woman’s home after going to a ball in the local GAA clubhouse. She met the accused and they kissed.

In her evidence, she said that when she couldn’t find her friend, she decided she had ….read more

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Man jailed for raping sleeping woman

Central Criminal Court

A man who raped a sleeping woman during a house party has been jailed for five years.

Brian Byrne (28) with an address at Drumagh, Crettyard, Co Laois, went on trial in Dublin in November last year accused of one count of raping the woman at a location in Co Kildare on June 21, 2015. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following a week long trial, the jury of five women and seven men returned a verdict of guilty at the Central Criminal Court.

The trial heard that on the night in question, the woman was socialising with family members in her ….read more

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Bail for man charged with attempted murder of Kinahan target

Special Criminal Court

by Paul Neilan

A man charged with involvement in the attempted murder of Kinahan cartel target James ‘Mago’ Gately has been granted bail at the Special Criminal Court, despite Garda objections.

Mr Gately was shot multiple times as he sat in his car at the Topaz filling station on the Clonashaugh Road, Dublin 17, on May 10, 2017.

Douglas Glynn (36) of Fitzgibbon Court, Dublin 1, appeared at the non-jury court charged with the offence under Section 72 (1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.

The charge alleges that he between December 7, 2016, and April 6, 2017, both dates inclusive, and with knowledge ….read more

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