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Colm Roddy, Dave Donnellan

Judge charges jury in Shannon protest trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Colm Roddy & Mr Dave Donnellan. Credit: Collins)

A belief that an accused’s actions were lawful does not need to be justified if it is honestly held, a judge has told the trial of two peace activists alleged to have damaged an airport runway.

Colm Roddy (78) and Dave Donnellan (60) are alleged to have cut through a perimeter fence at Shannon airport to gain entry to the airfield and to have then painted crucifixes on the runway.

Mr Roddy, of Bayside Walk, Dublin and Mr Donnellan, of Reuben Street, Rialto, Dublin were stopped on the runway. They then asked army ….read more

Court of Criminal Appeal

Teen gets date for murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A teenager charged with murdering a 65-year-old man in his Kildare home will go on trial in February 2022.

Today the Central Criminal Court fixed the murder trial of Brian Ibe (19) to February 7, 2022, with the trial expected to last three weeks.

Mr Ibe, of no fixed abode and formerly of Moore Park, Newbridge, Co Kildare, is charged with the murder of Mr Peter Kennedy at the same address on April 28, 2020.

Mr Kennedy suffered injuries at his home on April 28 and died on May 12 of this year.

Mr Ibe had also been charged with assault causing harm and ….read more

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Cork men to strand trial accused of homeless man's murder

Central Criminal Court

Two men accused of murdering a homeless man in Cork will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court in early 2022.

Christopher O’Sullivan (37), originally from Ballyspillane, Killarney, Co Kerry and more recently of no fixed abode, and James Brady (26), of Shannon Lawn, Mayfield, Cork, are both accused of the murder of Timmy Hourihane, a 53-year-old homeless man from West Cork, at Mardyke Walk in Cork City on October 13, 2019.

Mr Justice Michael White adjourned the matter to January 31, 2022, for a trial expected to last up to three weeks at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

Mr ….read more

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Coercive control trial hears technical evidence

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

The trial of a man charged with coercive control, intimidation, endangerment and multiple assaults of his partner has continued in technical evidence.

The 52-year-old Dublin man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court charged with coercive control, intimidation, endangerment and multiple assaults of his then-partner.

He has pleaded not guilty to one count of engaging in behaviour which was controlling or coercive of his partner at various locations, including their Dublin home, between January 1, 2019 and September 22, 2019.

He has also pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of assault causing harm to his ….read more

Andrew Lacey

2022 trial for man accused of murdering volunteer

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Andrew Lacey. Credit: Collins)

A Dublin man accused of the murder of a volunteer who worked with homeless people will go on trial in 2022 at the Central Criminal Court.

Andrew Lacey (32) of Riverside, Loughlinstown, Dublin 18, is accused of the murder of Derek Reddin (31), who was found with stab wounds in the early hours of October 15, 2019, at Loughlinstown Drive in south Dublin.

Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene but Mr Reddin, of Watson Drive, Killiney, was pronounced dead shortly after. Mr Reddin was a volunteer with the You’re Not Alone charity that works with rough sleepers.

Mr ….read more

Declan Ganley

RTE apologises to Declan Ganley over Prime Time broadcast

High Court

(Pictured: Mr Declan Ganley. Credit: Collins)

RTE has publicly apologised to businessman Declan Ganley, who had sued the National broadcaster over the contents of a Prime Time special programme broadcast almost 12 years ago.

The Galway based businessman sued RTE over the programme, aired on November 27th 2008, claiming that it had gravely damaged his reputation and character, causing him distress and embarrassment. He had sought damages, including aggravated and exemplary damages.

When the matter came before Mr Justice Bernard Barton at the High Court on Thursday, Declan Doyle SC for Mr Ganley said that matter had been settled.

Counsel said that as ….read more

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