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Ticketing agency director heads back to jail over theft of trust money

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A former director of a ticketing agency has been jailed for nine months for diverting money held in trust for event organisers to his personal account in an effort to keep the company going.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Alan Barrett (42) spent most of the money on trying to keep online ticketing portal Event Elephant going and there was little evidence that he had benefited personally.

Barrett, who was also an accountant within the company, has already served a two-and-a-half year sentence imposed in 2017 for tax offences within the company arising from the same period of time. He was ….read more

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Bank opposes insolvency arrangement for woman who owes €600k

High Court

The High Court has reserved its decision in an application by a woman for approval of a Personal Insolvency Arrangement.

The application is by Ms Rebecca Forde Egan, from Ballymorris Portarlington, Co Laois, who has debts of approximately €600,000.

The proposed PIA would result in approximately €200,000 of that debt being written off.

Bank of Ireland, a secured creditor which is owed the bulk of the debt, opposes the approval of the arrangement on grounds including that it would be prejudiced by it.

The court heard that the bank advanced monies to Ms Egan and her husband Larry in 2006 to refurbish a commercial ….read more

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Actions over alleged price-rigging by truck makers to be heard next year

High Court

Dozens of damages claims brought by Irish hauliers against Europe’s biggest truck manufacturers, who are alleged to have engaged in anti-competitive practices, will most likely be heard in 2020.

The claims arise out a determination by the European Commission in 2016 which found that five major truck manufacturers – MAN, Volvo Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF – broke EU antitrust laws.

The truck makers, the Commission found, had colluded for 14 years on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of compliance with stricter emission rules to their customers.

The commission’s investigators found the manufacturers had co-ordinated prices at a gross level ….read more

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Company seeks injunction stopping refinery strike

High Court

A company that provides engineering services to the Aughinish Alumina refinery in Co Limerick has brought High Court proceedings aimed at preventing proposed industrial action due to take place at the plant next week from proceeding.

The action has been brought by Murphy International Ltd (MIL) against the trade union Unite in respect of a proposed strike over worker’s pay and allowances, which is due to take place next Friday.

The court heard that 126 of the approximately 1,100 people working at the Aughinish refinery are employees of MIL as civil and mechanical operatives in the plant’s production operations.

Newbridge-based MIL, which ….read more

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Man abused friend's son (7) while staying in her home

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man sexually assaulted his friend’s seven-year-old son while staying in her house, a court has heard.

The 35-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the anonymity of his victim, had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of sexual assault, one of which relates to this complainant and two of which relate to his five-year-old brother, at an address in Dublin on dates between August 2012 and March 2013.

In July this year, a jury of three women and nine men returned a verdict of guilty on the sample count of sexual assault relating to ….read more

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No commendation for helping save drowning woman "sinister", "Whistleblower" says

Tribunal

(Pictured: Garda Nicholas Keogh. Credit: Collins)

By Paul Neilan

A Garda who helped save a drowning woman believes a commendation from management was withheld from him because he was a whistleblower, a tribunal has heard.

The Disclosures Tribunal is hearing from Garda Nicholas Keogh, who alleges that a senior member of the Athlone drugs unit, identified to the tribunal as Garda A, was in an improper relationship with a heroin dealer, identified as Ms B.

The tribunal, chaired by Judge Sean Ryan, is investigating how Gda Keogh was treated after he made his protected disclosure in 2014.

On September 22, Gda Keogh went to the ….read more

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