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Risk that offenders who use pornography could claim they are victim of 'societal problem', lawyer argues

Court of Appeal

There is a risk that sex offenders who use pornography could claim that they are vulnerable and a victim of a “societal problem”, a barrister for the Director of Public Prosecutions has told the Court of Appeal.

The submission was made in the State’s appeal against the fully suspended sentence handed down to a man who admitted raping his eight-year-old niece when he was 14 after he had viewed pornography. The DPP argues that the sentence was too lenient and should be replaced with a lengthy custodial term.

The man – who is now 21 but cannot be named to protect the ….read more


Chef 'shocked' to found out restaurant had applied for permission to be turned into offices


A senior chef who was “shocked” to discover a planning application to turn the restaurant he worked for into offices has been awarded over €21,000 in compensation, after the Workplace Relations Commission ruled he was unfairly dismissed.

Padraic Casserly made claims under the Unfair Dismissals Act, the Organisation of Working Time Act, and the Payment of wages Act against Tribal Restaurant Ltd – trading as the Tribeton bar and restaurant in Galway, where he had been executive chef since August 2015.

His solicitors told the WRC that their client was advised the restaurant would close “temporarily” because of the Covid-19 pandemic on ….read more

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Jail for man who held drugs under threat

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Claire Henry

A Dublin man who said he was holding over €46,000 worth of drugs because he was under threat has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

In March 2021, gardaí from the Clontarf Drug Unit were investigating drug dealing in the Baldoyle area when they received information that led them to apply for a search warrant.

Garda Robert Collins of Clontarf Garda Station told the court that on March 3 gardai carried out a search at the home of James Cullen at Moyclare Close, Baldoyle. During the search, €46,000 worth of cannabis herb, €1,799 worth of cocaine ….read more


Aramark ordered to pay €45k to catering manager for unfair dismissal


A manager at catering firm Aramark has been awarded €45,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal after a ruling that his redundancy during the first pandemic lockdown was “premature”.

In his decision, a Workplace Relations Commission adjudicator wrote that the government had made an “extraordinary intervention” to subsidise wages and that the employer was “expected to follow suit” by treating lay-off and redundancy in a way that would have reflected the “extraordinary times”.

Darragh O’Farrell had complained under the Unfair Dismissals Act against Campbell Catering Ltd, trading as Aramark Ireland, where he had worked since 2017 as a general manager in charge of ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Father to face retrial after sex abuse conviction quashed

Court of Appeal

A 40-year-old father whose conviction for sexually assaulting his nine-year-old daughter as she slept in his bed was quashed on appeal is to face a retrial.

The man had pleaded not guilty to assaulting the girl, contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape Amendment) Act 1990, between January 1, 2017, and April 30, 2017 at their home.

But he was convicted by a jury following a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment.

His conviction was quashed last week after his lawyers successfully submitted to the Court of ….read more

Sean Quinn

Mannok companies take action against Sean Quinn alleging trespass

High Court

(File Picture: Sean Quinn. Photo: Collins)

Two companies that were once part of the Quinn Group have launched High Court proceedings against former billionaire businessman and group founder Sean Quinn.

The action has been brought by Mannok Cement Limited and Mannok Build Ltd, who allege that Mr Quinn is trespassing on a quarry owned by the companies.

They are seeking an injunction restraining Mr Quinn, whom the firms say has no entitlement to be on Swanlinbar Quarry in Co Cavan, from trespassing on the site.

The companies claim that on several occasions since late 2019, Mr Quinn has trespassed on their lands. The most ….read more

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