Judge and wife granted injunction against two protesters

A temporary injunction has been granted by the High Court preventing two members of a group calling itself the “Anti Corruption Taskforce” from placing a picket on the home of a District Court judge or on the judge’s wife’s opticians business.
Judge and wife granted injunction against two protesters

District Judge James Faughnan and his wife Mary McMahon sought the injunction after the group posted on Facebook that it was organising a protest outside Ms McMahon’s business on Saturday, October 22, over what one of the group’s members says was a recent decision of Judge Faughnan to jail a man for a public order offence.

The injunction, preventing picketing at the Faughan/McMahon home and business property, applies to Joe Doocey, Knocksbarrett, Ballina, and Colm Granahan, Castlereagh, Killala, both Co Mayo.

It prevents them and any others from acting in concert or with knowledge of the order and from interfering with them, their children, or employees.

Judge Faughnan was appointed to the bench in 2013, having practised as a solicitor in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. He was designated to the Roscommon/East Galway District Court area last July.

In an affidavit, he says that while sitting in Tuam District Court on September 13 last, one of the sentencing matters caused certain parties in court to become some irritated. On leaving the courthouse, he noticed a gathering of people videoing his car registration but paid no heed.

Subsequently, gardaí advised him of a Youtube video “Rogue Judge Sends Innocent Man to Jail” in which Mr Doocey refers to the public order case in which a man was jailed for three months and speaks of all district court judges as being Nazis.

Mr Doocey warns “remember what happened to Hitler” and promised the Anti Corruption Taskforce would be “outside Jimmy Faughnan’s house or his wife’s business, whatever it takes to bring these people down...”.

Mr Doocey also claimed in the video he (Doocey) has been harassed by gardaí for the past seven years and says “it is a war crime committed by a judge who is supposed to protect the people”.

The Faughnan/McMahons have four children, all aged under ten.

In the Facebook posting, people are invited to join the October 22 protest outside Ms McMahon’s business in Carrick-on-Shannon and also gives train and bus times from Sligo to Carrick.

It says the protest would also visit the family home and, if time allows, it would also go to the home of another district court judge, Kevin Kilraine.

In an affidavit, Ms McMahon says she is gravely distressed about how such actions may impact on her children, employees, customers and how they may affect her personally and in her business reputation.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted Conor Bowman SC, for the judge and his wife, the injunction sought and made it returnable to next week.

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