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Occupant had to help "highly intoxicated" burglar from house

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A man who had to be helped by an occupant to exit the house he had burgled has been jailed for two years.

John Connors (22) of Bremore Pastures Green, Balbriggan, Co Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, on January 4, last.

Detective Garda Gerard Mulroney told Philip Rahn BL, prosecuting, that on the night in question Peter Sanya had returned home from work and was watching television in his bedroom when the accused opened his bedroom door.

Connors asked Mr Sanya if his name was Jason and said he had been directed to the ….read more

Sarah Clarke

Jail for "vulnerable young mother" over €500k drugs bust

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Sarah Clarke. Credit: Collins)

By Isabel Hayes and Brion Hoban

A “vulnerable” young mother whose apartment was used to store over half a million euro worth of heroin and cocaine has been jailed for three years.

Sarah Clarke (25) “visibly recoiled” when she was shown the nearly four kilos of heroin that was being held in her apartment, Garda Daniel McFeely told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The mother-of-one knew drugs were being held in her apartment in order to pay off a drug debt, but was unaware of what was in the package or the value of the drugs involved, the court heard.

Clarke, ….read more

Special Criminal Court

Murder conspiracy trial halted after death of judge's father

Special Criminal Court

The trial of a man accused of conspiracy to murder has been adjourned until next Monday as the presiding judge’s father has passed away.

Liam Brannigan (37) from Bride Street, Dublin 8, is charged with conspiring to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between September 15th and November 6th, 2017.

The accused has pleaded not guilty.

At the beginning of Mr Brannigan’s trial in the Special Criminal Court this morning, Mr Justice Paul Coffey informed the court that his father died last night.

Mr Justice Coffey said: “Sadly my father died last night and I’m not in a position to resume ….read more

Michael Doherty

Businessman who turned to drugs after marriage ended avoids jail for robbery

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

(Pictured: Michael Doherty. Credit: Collins)

A businessman who turned to drugs after the break up of his marriage has received a suspended prison sentence for robbery after a judge noted his impressive efforts to rehabilitate.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Michael Doherty (39) formerly ran a wine business and also had a business delivering lunches to schools.

On March 31, 2017 he went into a Maxol station in Lucan, south Dublin and threatened staff with a claw hammer.

He shouted at staff to “open the fucking till”. When the till wouldn’t open Doherty struck down on it with the hammer and took the ….read more


IRA accused seen meeting Butterly murderer, trial hears

Special Criminal Court

An IRA accused was seen with two men who played roles in the “meticulously-planned killing” of dissident republican Peter Butterly one day after the shooting, the Special Criminal Court was told today.

The three-judge court today heard evidence from a number of National Surveillance Unit (NSU) officers, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Mr Butterly (35) was shot dead shortly after 2pm on March 6, 2013 outside The Huntsman Inn in Gormanston, Co Meath. The father-of-three died from gun shots wounds to his neck and upper back.

Laurence Murphy (62), of McDonough Caravan Park, Triton Road, Bettystown, Co. Meath and ….read more

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"Whistleblower" tells Tribunal that garda management "wanted him out"


(Pictured: Garda Nicholas Keogh. Credit: Collins)

By Paul Neilan

The Disclosures Tribunal has heard that a Garda, who was the first whistleblower during Noirín O’Sullivan’s tenure as commissioner, alleges management wanted him out of the force.

The tribunal is investigating the treatment of Garda Nicholas Keogh, who made a protected disclosure about alleged collusion between gardaí – in particular an officer known as “Garda A” – and an Athlone drug-dealer – Miss B – in 2014.

In June 2014, Athlone Garda Aidan Lyons reported that he was approached by a named man on the street about Gda Keogh. This man brought up the “general ….read more

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