Supreme Court rules fingerprints of asylum seekers were lawfully sent to UK

An appeal by two Albanian nationals which raised issues about the applicability of EU data protection laws to asylum seekers has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

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Gerald Kean settles claim for breach of privacy arising from news article

Solicitor Gerald Kean, who last week got €160,000 damages from a High Court jury after it found he was defamed in an Irish Daily Star article, has settled an additional claim for breach of privacy arising from the article.

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Woman rams partner’s car and wields scissors

A domestic dispute spiralled “out of control” leading to a woman repeatedly ramming her boyfriend’s car, with him jumping onto the bonnet of the moving vehicle to avoid serious injury.

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Drug could be got from €35 cactus, court told

A 42-year-old man was put on trial for possession of mescaline for sale or supply but the defence claimed that the material could be derived from a cactus bought legally at any plant shop in Cork for €35.

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'What is the world coming to?' - Man denies harassing four teen girls, and sexually assaulting one

A middle-aged man charged with harassing four teenage girls on a bus journey and sexually assaulting one of them said all he did was engage in banter.

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Offaly residents win High Court challenge against permit for waste facility

A number of local residents have won a High Court order quashing Offaly County Council's decision to grant a permit for a waste facility near Daingean following a review.

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Neighbour tells woman’s murder trial that dead boyfriend was ‘always’ the aggressor

A neighbour has told the trial of a woman charged with murdering her boyfriend that the man was "always" the aggressor in the couple’s arguments.

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Patrick Quirke to appeal conviction for Bobby Ryan's murder

Patrick Quirke is due to appeal his conviction for the murder of his love rival Bobby Ryan.

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High Court hears former owner of investment property broke down door to re-assert ownership

A man whose investment property was taken over by a receiver admitted breaking down its door in an attempt to re-assert ownership, the High Court heard.

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Young woman who allegedly suffered “devastating” sexual abuse concerned her views not being taken into account

A very vulnerable young woman allegedly subject to “devastating” sexual abuse at home by more than 12 local individuals before being taken into care aged 10 believes her views concerning her future placement are "not being taken into account", the High Court has heard.

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Man entitled to names of others allegedly abused by priest, High Court rules

A man suing a priest and a religious order over alleged sexual abuse when he was a child is entitled to information about others who made similar allegations, the High Court has ruled.

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Dealz brings High Court challenge over decision stopping retailer from operating near Liffey Valley

Discount retail chain Dealz has brought a High Court challenge to a decision which prevents it from continuing to operate from a retail park near the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin.

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Convicted sex offender twice caught masturbating in public in a week, court hears

A convicted sex offender who is “something of a menace” was twice caught masturbating in public one week apart, a court has heard.

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Boy B told garda he thought of Ana 'as a weirdo', court hears

One of the boys accused of murdering Ana Kriegel told gardaí Ana was a "lonely" girl who was "outcasted" and added that he thought of her as a "weirdo, somebody who I should not be around," the Central Criminal Court has heard,

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Minister's refusal to allow child attend special summer school scheme prompts court challenge

A High Court challenge has been brought against the refusal of the Minister for Education to allow a young child with "complex educational needs" to attend school during the summer holidays.

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Mum faces jail as girl misses 125 school days

A mother has been jailed for 28 days after a court heard her daughter had missed 125 days of school out of the last 156 days she could have attended.

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‘Wild escapade’ of dangerous driving risked up to 20 lives

Numerous people could have been killed on country roads by a wild escapade of dangerous driving and it is positively miraculous that the two young Limerick men in the stolen jeep were not killed, Judge Gerard O’Brien said as he jailed the driver for four years and the passenger for three years.

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Man denies sex assault of teenage girl on bus

A man was put on trial by judge and jury yesterday charged with harassing four teenaged girls on a bus journey and sexually assaulting one of them.

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Man raped while asleep, court hears

A man aged around 60 was raped by a man half his age when he was sleeping in a doorway on the street in Cork City, it was alleged yesterday to a judge and jury at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork.

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Mother sentenced to 28 days in jail on third prosecution for daughter's truancy

A mother has been jailed for 28 days after a court heard her daughter had missed 125 days of school out of the last 156 days she could have attended.

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Man, 65, accused of indecently assaulting female relative over 30 years ago seeks to halt trial

A 65-year-old man accused of indecently assaulting a younger female relative has launched a challenge aimed at halting his trial before the Circuit Criminal Court.

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Man who sexually abused former partner's intellectually disabled daughter gets 13 years

An African man who sexually abused the intellectually disabled daughter of his former partner has been jailed for 13 years.

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Ex-JLS star Oritse Williams denies behaving like ‘sexual predator’

Williams claims a consensual sexual encounter took place before he fell asleep.

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Woman said she acted in self-defence when boyfriend died of stab wound, murder trial hears

A woman on trial, charged with murdering her boyfriend, told gardaí that she was acting in self-defence when the knife in her hand killed him.

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Gay man challenges blood transfusion policy on gay and bisexual men making blood donations

A gay man has brought a High Court challenge against the Irish Blood Transfusion Service policy which prevents him from donating blood unless he abstains from having sex for a year.

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Former Late Late Show musical director and wife seek €3m debt write-down

Musician Frank McNamara and his wife, barrister Theresa Lowe, are seeking High Court approval for a personal insolvency arrangement to assist them in dealing with debts of €3.7m.

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Judge gives ex-meditation teacher three years for indecently assaulting child three times in 1970s

A former meditation teacher has been jailed for three years for sexual attacks on a child in the 1970s.

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Taxi driver gets five years for sexually assaulting three young women in two weeks

A taxi driver who sexually assaulted three young women within two weeks has been jailed for five years.

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Pensioner who fractured arm in fall has award of damages increased to more than €56k

A pensioner who fractured her arm after she tripped on a path while walking in a Co Tipperary town has had her award of damages increased to over €56,000 by the High Court.

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Farmer loses appeal against bank's appointment of receiver over EU BPS payments

A Co Meath farmer has lost his Supreme Court appeal over a bank’s appointment of a receiver over annual payments of €170,000 to him under the EU Basic Payment Scheme.

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Tipperary woman who injured back in fall from bike awarded €66,000 against county council

A woman who fell off her bike hurting her back when it skidded as she cycled near her Tipperary home has been awarded €66,000 by the High Court.

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Biker’s death a stupid waste of a young man’s life, says partner

The partner of a motorcyclist whose death was caused by the dangerous driving of a van driver at a junction near Rathcormac, Co Cork, described it yesterday as “a stupid waste of a young man’s life”.

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Children accused of biscuit theft awarded €14k in damages

Three schoolchildren, who sued a major store for a total of €225,000 damages for defamation of character, have been awarded €14,000 between them in the Circuit Civil Court.

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Drug dealer showed no remorse for vicious assault in nightclub

A drug dealer who carried out his business in a rent-free apartment in Cork City showed no remorse for an attack on a student in a nightclub where he struck him with a bottle and kicked him in the head when he was on the floor.

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Court hears civil servant accused of breaking Official Secrets Act admitted he had 'a peek' at Butterly murder file

A service officer in the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) office admitted to gardaí that he had a peek in a Peter Butterly murder suspect's file and took pictures of parts of other files, a trial has heard.

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'Sorry for being a bollocks': Text from farmer who raped his ex-partner after high-speed garda chase

A Limerick farmer has been sentenced to six years in prison for raping his ex-girlfriend following a high-speed car chase with gardaí.

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Man who repeatedly abused young niece during 'perverted games' over seven years gets 11 years in prison

“I considered myself utterly filthy. I felt so unloved and worthless. It was a very dark and lonely place to be in my mind. I wanted to die.”

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Man jailed for 10 years after firing shots during post office raid

A man who fired eight shots from a semi-automatic pistol as he raided a Dublin post office has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

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Car hire firm claims Dublin Airport Authority trying to put it out of business

An online car hire business fears it will go out of business because the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) won't allow it to pick up its customers at the airport, the High Court has heard

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Woman claims in High Court action she was coerced at the age of 16 into adoption

A 56-year-old woman was coerced into having her baby daughter adopted nearly 40 years ago when she was just 16, it has been claimed in the High Court.

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Man who sexually assaulted toddler when he was a teenager is jailed for 10 years

A man who repeatedly sexually assaulted a toddler for over four years has been jailed for ten years.

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Woman injured in fox hunt loses action for damages

A horse rider who sued a hunt club after she suffered a back injury when she jumped an obstacle while on a fox hunt and her horse rolled on top of her has lost her High Court action.

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Judge rules injury incurred while carrying out 'very uncomplicated task' was Dunnes Stores worker's 'own fault'

A Dunnes Stores worker who received €31,385 in damages arising from bruising her eye when brushing against a cardboard box has had her award overturned on appeal.

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Widow whose husband died while waiting for heart bypass settles case against HSE and hospital

A woman whose husband died suddenly while he was waiting for heart bypass surgery has settled her High Court action over his death.

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'Downsizing' Tipperary estate owner fails in €1.37m sale challenge

The owner of a 5,200-acre country estate who said he wanted to "downsize" by buying an abandoned manor house with 230 acres and do it up has failed in High Court application to force the completion of a €1.37m purchase deal.

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Judge warns people against compensation actions 'you can't bring home'; dismisses Tipp man's fall claim

A High Court judge today told people don't bring personal injury claims "you can't bring home".

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Gerald Kean awarded €160,000 damages over defamatory article

A High Court jury, in a majority verdict, has awarded €160,000 damages to solicitor Gerald Kean after finding he was defamed in a newspaper article concerning a visit by members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) to his Dublin office.

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Vulnerable woman in 'completely substandard' arrangement to be detained in secure psychiatric unit

A vulnerable young woman is to be detained in a secure hospital psychiatric unit after the High Court told the HSE it must devise a better plan for her than a "completely substandard" arrangement under which she was leaving an open unit and regularly accessing street drugs.

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Irish Mail on Sunday apologise as part of settlement with former Minister over article

Former Labour Party TD and Minister for State Joe Costello has settled a High Court defamation action over an article in the Irish Mail on Sunday.

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Man due in court in connection with €63,000 drugs seizure in Tallaght

Heroin with an estimated value of €16,000 along with cannabis valued at €47,000 was discovered at a house in Tallaght yesterday.

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Four-year jail term for man who set fire to two cars

A five-year jail term with the last year suspended was imposed on a man who set fire to two cars outside a house in Glanmire but said the owners had nothing to fear from him as it was a mistake and he had burned the wrong vehicles.

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Jury to resume deliberations in Gerald Kean defamation case tomorrow

A jury will return to the High Court tomorrow to resume considering its verdict on proceedings by solicitor Gerald Kean alleging he was defamed in a newspaper article concerning a visit by members of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) to his Dublin office.

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Leitrim man, 54, accused of conning five men into transferring €1.765m into accounts he controlled

A man has gone on trial charged with deceiving five men into transferring approximately €1.765m total into bank accounts he controlled.

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Business man apologises to court for remarks made about judge in e-mail

A 'business consultant' has unreservedly apologised before the President of the High Court for remarks made in an e-mail about another judge.

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Two teachers launch court challenge against decision to move them to another school

Two secondary school teachers have launched High Court challenges against a decision to redeploy them.

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Jail for raider who pointed BB gun at taxi driver's head and demanded money

A raider who pointed a BB gun at the head of a taxi driver and demanded money has been jailed for three years.

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Man previously jailed for damaging €10m Monet appeals conviction for handling another stolen artwork

A man previously jailed for damaging a €10m Monet painting must wait to hear the outcome of an appeal against his conviction for handling another artwork stolen from a stately home.

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FG Councillor receives unreserved apology from Sinn Féin activist over Facebook comments

A Fine Gael councillor and constituency colleague of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has received an "unreserved apology" from a Sinn Féin activist over comments posted on Facebook.

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Disclosures Tribunal hears submissions on costs

The Disclosures Tribunal will give its decision later on whether various witnesses should or should not get their legal costs.

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Supreme Court rules man's re-arrest after absconding from open prison was unlawful

A young man who absconded from an open prison and lived "in plain sight" for more than four years before re-arrest has won Supreme Court declarations that his re-arrest and subsequent detention to serve out the rest of his 16-month sentence were unlawful.

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