Two men who refused to keep a promise not to picket the business premises of a judge’s wife or their home are now prevented from doing so by High Court order.
Joe Doocey and Colm Granahan were told they would be removed by gardaí from the High Court by Mr Justice Paul Gilligan after they continued in trying to make what the judge said were groundless allegations designed to scandalise and undermine the rule of law and institutions of the State, including the judiciary, the Oireachtas and the gardaí.
Both left the courtroom as a garda made approaches to them and with Mr Doocey making various remarks saying Mr Justice Gilligan was “not fit to be a judge” and that he would “see you in the Supreme Court and in Europe”. Mr Granahan told the judge he “could do whatever you like” and he was not going to be party to any criminal activity.
The order made by Mr Justice Gilligan applies pending the full hearing of proceedings brought by District Judge James Faughnan and his wife, Mary McMahon, after calls through social media by a group called the Anti Corruption Taskforce to stage a picket on October 22 outside Ms McMahon’s optician’s premises in Carrick-on-Shannon.
It also called for pickets outside their home or the school of their four children.
The group claims Mr Faughnan and other district judges are corrupt. The protest was sparked when Judge Faughnan jailed a man for three months on a public order charge.
In a YouTube video, Mr Doocey said the judge had jailed an innocent man and had committed a war crime. In another statement published on the internet, it is alleged Mr Doocey said Mr Faughnan was a “Fine Gael-appointed Nazi”.
Mr Faughnan and his wife obtained an interim injunction against Mr Doocey, of Knocksbarrett, Ballina, and Mr Granahan, Castlereagh, Killala, both Co Mayo, preventing them from carrying out the picketing threat.
The two men later appeared before Mr Justice Gilligan in the High Court and undertook not to picket until the case returned to court. In the meantime, Mr Doocey and Mr Granahan filed affidavits which Mr Justice Gilligan said made clear they were not prepared to continue their undertakings. They repeated that refusal in court on yesterday.
Mr Justice Gilligan said he was not prepared to let them open those affidavits in which they stated they would “do what is right and not what is legal” and “not give any corrupt authority figures a haven or sanction for their criminality”.
The orders apply to all with knowledge of them including two others who previously undertook not to picket.
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