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Victim ‘didn’t have a bad bone in his body’, brother tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

Vincent Parsons, who was allegedly beaten to death outside a pub after he became drunk and “messy” at a stag do, was never aggressive and didn’t have a “bad bone in his body”, the deceased’s brother told the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Daniel Parsons told prosecution counsel Lorcan Staines SC that he was with his brother and other friends and family in the Killinarden Inn in Tallaght at a stag do for Thomas Brown, who was to marry their sister.

Daniel arrived between 8.30pm and 9pm and found the rest of the stag goers drinking pints, “having a laugh and ….read more


Nothing in Irish surveillance law to say it applies outside of State, Hutch defence team says

Special Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Brendan Grehan SC. Photo: Collins)

Gerard Hutch’s defence team have told his Special Criminal Court murder trial that there is nothing in Irish surveillance law to suggest it has scope beyond the borders of the State and that the Oireachtas would have legislated for this with “irresistible clearness” if this had been the case.

Senior counsel Brendan Grehan, for Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch, said today that the State had “danced around” the jurisdiction issue concerning conversations between Regency Hotel murder accused Mr Hutch and ex Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall that were captured by a garda bugging device. Counsel ….read more

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Neighbours avoid jail after fight over husband's 'suspected infidelity'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Julie Pigott, Catriona O’Keefe. Credit: Collins)

Two neighbours who got into a row over a husband’s suspected infidelity, leading to one woman slashing the other with a piece of glass, behaved in a “highly immature manner”, a judge has said.

Julie Pigott and Catriona O’Keefe, both aged 42, got into a physical fight at eight o’clock in the morning in May last year after Pigott’s husband went next door to have a cigarette with O’Keefe, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

When Pigott knocked on O’Keefe’s door and demanded that her husband come out, O’Keefe told her to “fuck off” and pushed ….read more

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Valerie French Kilroy murder trial postponed

Central Criminal Court

The Central Criminal Court trial of a man accused of murdering his wife in Mayo in 2019, which was due to begin in December, has been postponed until March of next year.

James Kilroy (48) of Kilbree Lower, Westport, Co Mayo, is accused of the murder of mother-of-three Valerie French Kilroy (41) at their home in June 2019.

In July of this year, Mr Justice David Keane fixed a date of December 12 for the trial, which had then been expected to last three-to-four days at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

At the Central Criminal Court today, Mr Justice Paul McDermott ….read more


Training company must pay former lecturer nearly €90k over sexual harassment


A technical training company has been ordered to pay a former lecturer nearly €90,000 after she was sexually harassed in a classroom in the presence of her students by another instructor employed by the firm.

The Workplace Relations Commission found Socrates Workforce Solutions Ltd vicariously liable for the harassment and sexual harassment of Kathleen Ryan by a colleague at a state training centre in the midlands on 27 April 2021.

The “flawed” investigation which followed left Ms Ryan “confused” and the perpetrator – named only as ‘Mr A’ in a decision published this morning – feeling as though he had been “vindicated”, ….read more

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Date set for trial of senior barrister accused of murder

Central Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Diarmuid Phelan. Photo: Collins)

A date has been set for the trial of a senior barrister accused of murdering a man in a shooting at a farm in Dublin.

Diarmuid Phelan, of Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght, County Dublin, will go on trial at the Central Criminal Court on May 29, 2024. The 53-year-old law professor is charged with the murder of Keith Conlon at Hazelgrove Farm, Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght, on February 22, 2022.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott fixed Mr Phelan’s when the case was brought up at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Mr Conlon, a father-of-four from Kiltalown Park in Tallaght, ….read more

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