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Irish Twitter VP gets injunction preventing termination of employment

High Court

(File Picture: Ms Sinead McSweeney. Photo: Collins)

An Irish senior executive with Twitter has secured a temporary High Court injunction preventing the social networking giant from terminating her employment.

The order was secured by Sinead McSweeney, who is Twitter’s Global Vice President for Public Policy.

Ms McSweeney claims that by not responding to a generic and vague e-mail sent earlier this month to all Twitter employees by its owner, multi–Billionaire Elon Musk, she has been treated as if she is no longer employed by the company.

She claims that while the company informed her that she had accepted an exit package, Ms McSweeney says ….read more

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Glowing tributes paid to Justice John MacMenamin, as AG also announces retirement

Supreme Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice John MacMenamin. Credit: Collins)

Rich and glowing tributes from leading figures in the Irish legal establishment were paid to Supreme Court judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin, one of the longest serving judges of the superior courts who is retiring after almost two decades on the bench.

The tributes were led by parties including the Chief Justice Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell, senior court officials, the chairs of the Law Society and the Bar Council of Ireland – Maura Derivan and Sara Phelan SC – as well as the Attorney General Paul Gallagher SC, who also said that he would be ….read more

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Lordship Credit Union robbery accused to get Brady murder trial transcripts

Central Criminal Court

(File Picture: Aaron Brady. Photo: Collins)

A judge at the Central Criminal Court has agreed to release the transcripts of convicted garda killer Aaron Brady’s murder trial to the legal team of another man charged with robbery at Lordship Credit Union on the day Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead.

An application for the release of the transcripts was made by John Berry BL, acting on behalf of Brendan Treanor in the context of Mr Brady’s case.

Mr Treanor (34), with a previous address at Emer Terrace, Castletown Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, is charged with participating in a robbery at ….read more


Garda bug sought under 'culture of secrecy', Hutch lawyers tell Regency trial

Special Criminal Court

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

The permission to deploy a garda bugging device that recorded conversations between Regency Hotel murder accused Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch and ex Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall was sought under “a culture of secrecy” and with “an unintentional lack of candour”, defence lawyers have told the Special Criminal Court.

Defence barrister Brendan Grehan SC also submitted to the non-jury court that “on its face” there had been an illegal operation of the Criminal Justice Surveillance Act 2009 in this case and that the prosecution was seeking to “wheel evidence in” which “extended ….read more

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Former head of finance at Our Lady's Hospice jailed for Spanish property scam

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

By Eimear Dodd

A former head of finance at Our Lady’s Hospice has been handed a prison sentence for his role in a “devious” scheme where a Spanish property left to the charity was sold at the “grossly undervalued” price of just €37,500.

Denis Maguire (65) of Ballybrack Road, Glencullen, Co Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of deception, dishonestly inducing Our Lady’s Hospice (OLH) to sell a property at a loss on or around March 5, 2015. Maguire has no previous convictions.

As part of his role, Maguire was responsible for managing properties left to OLH and ….read more

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Man with intellectual age of 14 is jailed for rape when he was teen

Central Criminal Court

A man with the intellectual capacity of a 14-year-old, who was 16 years old when he raped a girl the same age, has been jailed for two years.

In her victim impact statement, the young woman described how the rape had impacted and changed her life forever and how the whole court process had made her feel like a victim again.

She said the accused had taken her innocence that day and “used her like some rag doll.” She said he had dehumanised her, leaving her to feel shame for something she had no control over.

The court heard the accused man, now ….read more

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