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YouTuber challenges Covid regulations after claimed wrongful arrest

High Court

A YouTuber who claims he was wrongfully arrested at a 1916 commemoration has brought a High Court action challenging the constitutionality of Covid-19 laws.

The action has been taken by Mr Sean Leahy, who has brought the challenge over being charged with a breach of the 1947 Health Act.

The charge was brought against him arising out of what he says was his wrongful and unlawful arrest by Gardai after he attended the Easter Rising Commemoration outside the GPO on O’Connell Street on April 4th last.

The court heard that Mr Leahy, of Bridgewater Hall, Summerhill Parade, Dublin 1 publishes digital content ….read more

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Man convicted of 'brutal' gun murder claims legal team failed to challenge evidence

Court of Appeal

A man who was found guilty of carrying out a “brutal and pre-meditated” gun murder has told the Court of Appeal that he did not give permission for his legal team to allow a garda’s evidence go unchallenged at trial.

In October 2016, James Lammon (48) was convicted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court of the murder of Jason Doogue in the Green Hills area of Athy, Co Kildare, on August 21, 2015. Lammon, of Cardington Way, Athy, had been found guilty by unanimous verdict of the “brutal and pre-meditated” murder.

The jury found that he was the masked ….read more

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Jail for false imprisonment during Drogheda feud

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who was involved in the false imprisonment of an abductee who was found by gardai crouched naked in a bathtub and covered in slash wounds has been jailed for four and a half years.

John McGahon (21) was arrested after the Armed Support Unit forced entry to a Drogheda house to rescue the victim following a 999 call describing how a man had been abducted in the area.

The court heard it was McGahon who drove the car that brought victim Aaron Rochford (22) to a house, while he was also caught on CCTV helping to remove Aaron from the ….read more

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Attempted rapist turned up at garda station to admit attack

Central Criminal Court

A man with mental health issues turned up at a garda station to alert officers to the fact that he had just tried to rape a young woman, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Oliver Kane (41), who was homeless at the time, told gardaí that when he saw the woman walking by he decided “I am going to run towards her and get as close as I could”. He said his intentions were to get her into a side area but she fought him off and managed to get away.

“God knows what would have happened,” Kane told gardaí before ….read more

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Crime gang's 'budgie' is jailed over €1.5m money laundering operation

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A fraudster who took part in a €1.5 million money laundering operation for an organised crime gang has been jailed for four and a half years.

Calin Scintei described himself to gardaí as a “budgie down the mine” who was pressured into carrying out offences for a Romanian organised crime gang, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

These included a Tesco gift card scam, in which he helped to defraud the retailer of €12,400 and an ATM scam in which he caused €18,000 worth of criminal damage to AIB ATMs and stole over €7,600 in cash.

He also took part in a €1.5 ….read more

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Landlord 'fully entitled' to enter hair salon and change locks, court hears

High Court

The landlord of a unit where a hair salon operated from was ‘fully and legally entitled’ to re-enter premises and change the locks, the High Court has heard.

Mr Peter McLaughlin says that he is in dispute with Ms Sinead Connolly, who has operated the Sin E Hair and Beauty Salon from Unit 2 at the Charlesland Shopping Centre in Greystones, Co Wicklow for over a decade, over some €77,000 in arrears of rent.

Last week, Ms Connolly asked the High Court for various orders including one allowing her and her staff temporarily back into their workplace, so that they ….read more

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