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'Revolutionary Workers Union' must vacate property earmarked for refugees, court orders

High Court

The Salvation Army has secured a High Court injunction requiring persons to vacate and cease trespassing on a Dublin City property it wants to convert into accommodation for Ukrainian refugees.

The orders were granted on Wednesday by Ms Justice Siobhan Stack, after members of a group calling itself the ‘Revolutionary Workers Union’ entered Lefroy House on Dublin’s Eden Quay at the start of the month and have allegedly refused to leave.

The building, which the Salvation Army holds a long lease over, had been operating as emergency accommodation for minors in crisis for many years until its closure in early 2021, ….read more

Lorna Palmer

Jail for crime cash defendant who claimed 'she didn't know why people were posting money through door'

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Lorna Palmer. Photo: Collins)

A woman who was found to be in possession of nearly €100,000 in crime proceeds when gardaí searched her home has been jailed for 18 months.

When gardaí asked Lorna Palmer (35) about two envelopes containing around €700 and €2,000, each found in a money box at her Dublin home, she told them she did not know why people were posting money through the door.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that drug related offences were in progress at the time of the seizure at her then home and, while the accused knew the money was the proceeds of ….read more

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Four years for armed robber who targeted same pharmacy twice

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

by Claire Henry

An armed robber who targeted the same pharmacy twice in four months has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that on February 13, 2021 John O’Kane was working in Medipharm, North Frederick Street, in Dublin city centre. Mr O’Kane heard someone entering the shop and came to the pharmacy counter to serve the customer.

William Gaynor (56) of no fixed abode, entered the pharmacy holding a knife. Gaynor attempted to gain access to the dispensary area of the pharmacy and said “this is a stick up”.

Garda Erin Connell, of Mountjoy Garda Station, told John ….read more


'I did not steal a penny from the banks,' Michael Lynn tells trial

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Mr Michael Lynn. Photo: Collins)

Former solicitor Michael Lynn has told his multi-million euro theft trial he did not steal “a penny” and there was no scheme designed to defraud Irish banks.

Mr Lynn (53) of Millbrook Court, Red Cross, Co Wicklow, is on trial accused of the theft of around €27 million from seven financial institutions. He has pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of theft in Dublin between October 23, 2006 and April 20, 2007.

On his eighth day in the witness box at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, he continued under cross-examination by prosecuting counsel Paddy McGrath SC.

Mr McGrath ….read more


'Peaceful' murder accused 'terrified' in aftermath of fatal stabbing, witness tells trial

Central Criminal Court

A food delivery cyclist accused of murdering schoolboy Josh Dunne was “terrified, sad and scared” and worried about retaliation in the aftermath of the fatal stabbing, a witness has told the Central Criminal Court.

Jose Pedroso told the trial of George Gonzaga Bento that the accused was “distressed and emotional” when he came to his flat the following evening. Mr Pedroso, giving his evidence by video link from Brazil, said Mr Bento did not eat and wanted to go to a lawyer’s office that night but stayed with Mr Pedroso after they spoke on the phone to a lawyer who agreed ….read more

Dublin Castle

Retired sergeant claimed senior garda prevented proper investigation of child sex assault allegation


A retired Garda sergeant claimed that the proper investigation of a child sexual assault allegation was prevented by a superintendent who bullied and harassed him, the Disclosures Tribunal has heard.

The former garda claims the investigation found that one of the alleged suspects was allegedly connected to senior gardai, the tribunal also heard. The DPP later directed no prosecution due to a lack of evidence.

In opening the module this morning at Dublin Castle Sinead McGrath BL, for the tribunal, read out an opening statement outlining the complaints made by retired Co Cork sergeant Paul Barry.

Mr Barry says that he was being ….read more

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