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Pandemic sees liquidator appointed to plant hire business

High Court

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have claimed a corporate casualty with the loss of over 30 jobs at a construction and plant hire business, the High Court has heard.

Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington on Thursday afternoon appointed Chartered Accountant Mr Anthony Fitzpatrick as provisional liquidator to Brandon Plant Hire Ltd, after being told the company was insolvent to the tune of €934,000.

The company, which is currently involved in three projects, is involved the plant hire business and the provision of substructures and groundworks on building sites.

The company’s members petitioned the court for the provisional liquidator’s appointment so that its ….read more

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Brother tells High Court he's afraid murder accused sister will 'come after me next'

High Court

A Cork woman charged with the murder of her brother has been refused High Court bail after her other brother told the court he was afraid she would “come after me next”.

Helen Jones (52), of Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield, in Cork, is charged with aggravated burglary and the murder of her brother Paul Jones (55) at his home on Bandon Road, in Cork, on September 4 last.

She was refused bail by the High Court today on foot of objections by gardaí.

Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Emmet Nolan BL, said Ms Jones’ other brother, Liam Jones, had travelled ….read more

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Professional landlords have appeal dismissed

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed appeals by two professional landlords against orders restraining them from interfering with properties they owned that had been put into receivership.

The appeal was brought by Mr Paddy McKeown and Ms Adelaide McCarthy against orders including injunctions restraining them from interfering with four properties which are all located in Cork.

The were put in place by the High Court in 2017 pending the full hearing of the dispute and were secured by Mr Ned Murphy.

Mr McKeown and Ms McCarthy, who are husband and wife and reside at The Poplars, Villa Nova, Douglas Road in Cork, opposed ….read more

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DPP observes court operations amidst coronavirus measures

High Court

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The Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus paid a visit to the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Thursday to observe the operation of the courts during the Covid-19 crisis.

There were 24 High Court bail applications listed for hearing before Ms Justice Mary Rose Gearty on Thursday, with a staggered list to minimise the numbers of people attending court.

Ms Loftus was present in court during the call-over of the list on Thursday morning, as were other interested parties.

The High Court is dealing with approximately 20 applications for bail on a daily basis ….read more

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Mugger 'completely out of her head' during violent robbery of sisters

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A recovering drug addict who punched a woman in the face during a street robbery has received a partially suspended four-year sentence.

Amy Cully (26) told gardaí that she was “completely out of her head” on a cocktail of crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol when she carried out the attack on two sisters.

Garda Sergeant Niall Godfrey told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Kathleen O’Neill was on her mobile phone and walking along Usher’s Quay on July 26, 2019 when she felt a punch “out of nowhere”.

The punch to the nose left the victim with bruising to her eye and cheek. Cully ….read more

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Robber who took 24 bench warrants is refused bail

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A judge has refused to release a recovering drug addict out on bail after he told the court his pregnant partner has gone into self-isolation with Covid-19 symptoms.

Micheal Bayly (26) is in custody awaiting sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after he pleaded guilty to carrying out a street robbery on March 29, 2018.

Bayly, of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin failed to appear for his sentence hearing last November and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. A new sentence date of April 21 was set after gardaí arrested him on the warrant.

Defence barrister, Keith Spencer BL, told Judge Melanie ….read more

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