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Action against former Anglo exec can proceed

High Court

A Commercial Court action against former Anglo Irish Bank executive Thomas Browne has been listed for hearing in April of 2020.

The case was originally due to be heard back in October 2012 but was adjourned on the basis that it may have caused conflict with criminal proceedings against former Anglo Irish Bank Chairman Sean Fitzpatrick and senior executive Pat Whelan.

Those trials have long since concluded. Mr Fitzpatrick was cleared of all charges brought against him arising out of the bank’s demise.

In July 2014 Mr Whelan, Anglo’s one-time director of lending in Ireland, was sentenced to 240 hours of ….read more

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"Door is open" for young woman at centre of "horror story" abuse allegations, judge says

High Court

A vulnerable young woman at the centre of a “horror story” of alleged sexual abuse by more than 12 males before she was taken into care aged ten has told the president of the High Court that she will need supports into the future.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said the 18-year-old has told him in a letter that she will need supports to help her in the future and to assist her in dealing with criminal proceedings brought against certain family members following her disclosures of alleged sexual abuse.

She had also said she wants more independence after several years in care ….read more

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Man who claimed partner stabbed herself in the face has sentence increased

Court of Appeal

A man who left his former partner’s “nose hanging off” following a vicious knife-assault, has been given extra jail time following an appeal by the Court of Appeal.

Jamie Coughlan (39), with an address at Larchville, Waterford city, had denied seriously assaulting his former partner, at their home on Philip Street, in the city in July 2017.

Coughlan claimed his former partner’s injuries were “self-inflicted” and her psychiatric history was opened in court to support this story.

He was found guilty by a jury at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to six years imprisonment with the final two suspended ….read more

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Challenge by Ranelagh residents to redevelopment of Carroll's building

High Court

A legal challenge by 23 South Dublin residents against a decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of a building near their homes has been admitted to the fast-track commercial court list.

Earlier this month, the residents from Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh, Dublin 6 secured permission from the High Court to seek to quash An Bord Pleanála’s approval for an office redevelopment project at the old Carroll’s building on Grand Parade near their homes.

They claim significant alterations were made to the original plan and say there was a failure to notify the public that works to provide for a ….read more

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Eir's appeal over ComReg decisions is fast-tracked

High Court

An appeal by Eir against several decisions by the Commissioner for Communications Regulation concerning the firm’s obligations to provide certain essential services has been admitted to the fast track commercial court list.

The case was admitted to the list by Mr Justice Robert Haughton at the Commercial Court on Monday.

The appeal arises out ComReg’s decision not to provide it with funding in respect of the costs Eir incurred delivering its universal obligations as the States designated Universal Service Provider (USP) for services including providing pay phones, fixed lines in isolated areas and directory services.

In terms ….read more

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"Persistent" burglar has four-year jail term upheld over 70 cent break-in

Court of Appeal

A “persistent burglar” who made off with 70 cent from an apartment in Cork has had his four year jail term upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Thomas Healy (46), with an address at Upper Fair Hill, in Cork, pleaded guilty to burglary of a residential apartment at Mount Vernon, Belgrave Avenue, Wellington Road, in Cork on July 21, 2017.

He was sentenced to five years imprisonment with the final year suspended by Judge Brian O’Callaghan on February 15, 2018, which was upheld by the Court of Appeal today.

Giving judgement in the three-judge court, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said ….read more

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