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Proposed data centre will generate 1% of Ireland's total annual carbon emissions, High Court hears

High Court

A data centre that has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala will require 180 megawatts of electricity per year and will generate an estimated 1% of Ireland’s total annual carbon dioxide emissions, it has been claimed before the High Court.

A father and daughter claim that the decision to allow the data centre be built near their Co Meath home has breached several Constitutional rights, including their right to a healthy environment.

Those claims, which are denied by the State and the board, form part of an action that raises important points of domestic and EU law that ….read more

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Coercive control at hands of man who threatened he'd 'kick baby out of' partner 'like torture', court hears

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

A woman has told a court how the emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her partner, who threatened to murder her and kick her baby out of her, was like “torture” and caused her to lose her sense of self-worth.

The woman, who is entitled to anonymity under the 2018 Domestic Violence Act, told gardaí that Daniel Lynch (25) had complete access to her mobile phone and all of her social media, including Instagram and Facebook. He also took her money every Monday, leaving her with only €20, she said.

She said he would verbally abuse her, telling her nobody ….read more

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Cameron Reilly was socialising with man accused of his murder, trial hears

Central Criminal Court

Teenager Cameron Reilly had been socialising with the man accused of his murder the night before he was found dead in a field in Dunleer, County Louth four years ago, a trial at the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Opening the case for the State this afternoon, Dean Kelly SC told the jury of seven women and five men that the accused, Aaron Connolly and the deceased Mr Cameron were part of a large group of about 15 or 16 young people who were socialising in a field in the town on the night of Friday, May 25, 2018.

He said ….read more

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Violent criminal gets five years for threatening to kill woman with sword

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A violent criminal with 153 previous convictions who threatened to kill a woman with a sword after attacking her has been jailed for five years.

Sean McDermott (37) of Raheen Drive, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm and making threats to kill at the same address on December 17, 2019. He has 153 previous convictions including three for assault.

Imposing sentence today, Judge Pauline Codd said McDermott had assaulted “an innocent party” and then made threats to kill her. This would have been a “terrifying experience” for the victim, Judge Codd said.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Detective Garda ….read more


Double killer Penrose caught with drugs and phone package in prison

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

Double killer Stephen Penrose, a garda’s son who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his friend last year, has been handed a concurrent sentence for trying to take possession of a drugs and phone package while in Mountjoy Prison.

Penrose (39), who is now currently incarcerated at Cloverhill Prison, pleaded guilty to a count of possession of diamorphine for sale and supply at Mountjoy Prison on January 29, 2020.

In December last year Penrose, last of Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17 was jailed for life having been found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of murdering Philip ….read more

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Dad-of-two beaten to death after becoming 'messy' at Stag do, State tells murder trial

Central Criminal Court

A 34-year-old father-of-two was beaten to death after he had too much to drink at a stag do, became “messy” and irritated one of the two men accused of his murder, a barrister has told the Central Criminal Court.

Lorcan Staines SC opened the case for the prosecution in the trial of Philip Disney (27) and Sean Carlyle (30) who deny murdering Vincent Parsons at Killinarden Way, near the Killinarden Inn in Tallaght on August 26, 2019.

Mr Staines said the deceased had been drinking for several hours at a friend’s stag do when he became “messy”, started hugging people and began ….read more

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