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Community service for man who glassed bar manager

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Jessica Magee

A Dublin man who glassed a bar manager, knocking out three of his teeth, has been given 240 hours of community service in lieu of a jail sentence.

Jamie Lynch (30) pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to David Crowe at the Living Room Bar in Dublin’s city centre on August 6, 2018.

Passing sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today Judge Melanie Greally said it had been a very serious assault which had resulted in “painful and costly” stitching, surgical intervention and dental treatment for Mr Crowe.

She said Lynch had been extremely drunk when he hurled a glass at ….read more

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€10k for hospital porter told he couldn't take time off

Inquiry

By Stephen Bourke

A hospital porter has been awarded €10,000 in compensation for the HSE’s failure to let him take his full annual leave over the course of a decade.

The health service still owed the man over ten weeks’ holidays when the Workplace Relations Commission heard the case in March this year – but at one point he had built up a legal entitlement to over five months’ paid time off, the adjudicating officer found.

Michael Moore’s complaint under the Organisation of Working Time Act against the HSE Mid-West, University of Limerick Hospitals Group, was upheld in a decision published this morning ….read more

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Former sergeant tells tribunal he hated returning to work

Tribunal

(Pictured: Retired Garda Sergeant Paul Barry. Photo: Collins)

A former garda sergeant has told the Disclosures Tribunal that he “hated” being forced to return to work for financial reasons after making his complaints of being bullied and targeted by superiors.

The tribunal is hearing from retired Gda Sgt Paul Barry, formerly of Mitchelstown Garda Station in Co Cork, who made a protected disclosure that the proper investigation of a child sexual assault allegation was prevented by a superintendent, who he says bullied and harassed him. The Director of Public Prosecutions later directed there be no prosecution on the child sex assault allegation. ….read more

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Prosecution halted to allow businessman challenge drug laws

High Court

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has ordered that some charges against the owner of a business that sells cannabis-derived products should not be prosecuted pending his challenge to Ireland’s drug laws.

Mark Jenkins was charged under the 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act over several products for sale at businesses he owns and operates. He took an action at the High Court alleging that the charges are a breach of his constitutional rights and of EU law. He claims that the 1977 Act contradicts EU regulations including on the free movement of goods.

Mr Jenkins operates two coffee shop and retail businesses in ….read more

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Michael Lynn's wife tells trial she didn't know if he was 'dead or alive'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Michael Lynn and his wife Ms Brid Murphy. Photo: Collins)

The wife of former solicitor Michael Lynn has told his multi-million euro theft trial that she didn’t know if he was “dead or alive” for five days after he was taken into a Brazilian prison.

Brid Murphy was in the witness box on day 47 of the trial of her husband, who is accused of the stealing approximately €27 million from seven financial institutions.

Mr Lynn (53) of Millbrook Court, Red Cross, Co Wicklow has pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of theft in Dublin between October 23, 2006 and April ….read more

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Josh Dunne murder trial witness denies carrying out 'vicious attack'

Central Criminal Court

A murder trial witness with several previous criminal convictions has denied that he carried out a “vicious attack” on a food-delivery cyclist on the night schoolboy Josh Dunne was killed and had only stopped after he was stabbed in the back by another person.

The 29-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also denied under cross-examination that he told gardai “an absolute lie” when he said he wanted to calm the situation and break the fight up but had “ended up getting stabbed in the back for my troubles”.

The jury was told today by defence counsel that ….read more

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