Upcoming Events

Clare | Anti-War / Imperialism

no events match your query!

New Events


no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Mainstream media: Failing to speak truth to power

offsite link David Quinn’s selective tolerance Anthony

offsite link A Woulfe in judges clothing Anthony

offsite link Sarah McInerney and political impartiality Anthony

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein? Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Turkish President Calls On Greece To Comply With Human Rights on Syrian Refugee Issues Wed Mar 04, 2020 17:58 | Human Rights

offsite link US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Lockdown Skeptics

Lockdown Sceptics

Stay Sceptical. Control the Hysteria. Save Lives.

offsite link News Round Up Mon Apr 12, 2021 01:51 | Jonathan Barr
A summary of all the most interesting stories that have appeared about the virus in the past 24 hours ? not just in Britain, but around the world.
The post News Round Up appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link As Vaccine Passports Are Rolled Out Across the World, What Price Freedom? Sun Apr 11, 2021 22:50 | Toby Young
Lockdown Sceptics has published an original piece by our in-house technology correspondent about the roll out of vaccine passports around the world and the dire consequences for personal freedom.
The post As Vaccine Passports Are Rolled Out Across the World, What Price Freedom? appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link UK Nears 40 Million First and Second Vaccine Doses Sun Apr 11, 2021 21:26 | Michael Curzon
A record number of second doses of Covid vaccines were administered in the UK on Saturday, pushing the country closer to a total of 40 million first and second doses.
The post UK Nears 40 Million First and Second Vaccine Doses appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link One in 400,000 Chance of Two Vaccinated People Catching a Symptomatic Infection From Each Other Indo... Sun Apr 11, 2021 16:50 | Michael Curzon
Why have vaccinated people been told not to meet indoors given that the risk of catching a symptomatic Covid infection is around one in 400,000 for two people who have been vaccinated?
The post One in 400,000 Chance of Two Vaccinated People Catching a Symptomatic Infection From Each Other Indoors appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

offsite link Britain Sees Fastest Decline in Covid Cases in the World Sun Apr 11, 2021 16:44 | Toby Young
The Spectator has added a new table to its data hub showing the current level of Covid infection in different countries around the world relative to the peak. Britain has seen the sharpest decline in the developed world.
The post Britain Sees Fastest Decline in Covid Cases in the World appeared first on Lockdown Sceptics.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Voltaire Network

Court Report Shannon District Court 13 Oct

category clare | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Thursday October 13, 2005 22:57author by Court Reporter Report this post to the editors

Shannon Banner Drop activists and Owen Rice adjourned again

After 6 hours of sitting around, the cases were heard in front of an almost empty courtroom.
4 people were up for mention regarding the banner drop last month, and Owen Rice was up for mention yet again for arrests that took place almost two years ago (and for which his co-arrestee was acquitted)
There were a number of submissions, and then adjourments.

Here is a summary based on notes of Indy's court reporters.

Court Report
Shannon District Court
Ennis Court House
Wednesday 13th October 2005.

Prosecution: Inspector Tom Kennedy

Case 1
Conor Cregan
Niall Harnett
Margaret Liddy
St.John O'Donovan

Mr. Cregan is defending himself
Ted McCarthy represented the others.

Case 2
DPP v Owen Rice
Owen Rice is defending himself.

Judge Joseph Mangan presiding.

The case of the four people involved in the banner drop was called at 5.07pm.

At the previous hearing on the 18th of September, a 'Garry Doyle' order ( order for the prosecution to provide copies of statements, video evidence etc) was made, and this was to be mentioned today.

Ted McCarthy, representing three of the defendants said that he understood from his office that a package had arrived only this morning in relation to the case, after he had already left his office, and that he had not had a chance to examine the contents to see if everything had been provided.

He sought an adjournment until 8th December in order for the defence to check through the material which had been received.

Inspector Kennedy consented to the adjournment.

Mr. McCarthy also asked if the state would consent to the absence of his clients at the next court date, which was agreed to. [only the solicitor need go]

This was also agreed

Mr. McCarthy then asked for the return of the cameras that had been seized from Ms Liddy and Mr. O'Donovan

Inspector Kennedy said that this would be done before the weekend.

Conor Cregan also sought an adjournment to December 8th, stating that as far as he knew, nothing had arrived at his home regarding the Garry Doyle order, but that he would check when he got back.

Inspector Kennedy consented to the adjournment.

Mr. McCarthy asked that the bail conditions be altered with respect to the requirement to reside at a permanent address. He said that two of his clients were students and would move from time to time, as terms change etc, and that there is no fear that they will not attend court when required.

Inspector Kennedy consented to this in respect of all four defendants.

Mr. Cregan sought disclosure of any complaints or disciplinary proceedings succesfully brought against the witnesses against him.

At the back of the court, a Garda could be heard muttering "bastard".

The judge did not accede to the request, but Mr. Cregan said he retained the right to seek these again later on.

The Judge said that would be an issue for another day.

Owen Rice's case was called at 5.15pm
This case has been rumbling on since December 2003. Owen has been to the high court and beyond, succesfully fighting off heavy bail conditions, and seeking judicial reviews of the judge's rulings at various points, and at one stage even cross examining the prosecutor on the stand
(a must -read) http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=63629

On the last occasion, (see http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=71092 ) Owen had asked for the case to be de-listed, pending motions in higher courts. the judge said he would adjourn, to address outstanding issues regarding failure of state to provide full copies of evidence.

Inspector Kennedy : This case was before you on July 21st, and adjourned as there were matters being adjudicated in the High Court.

Owen Rice: On the last date, my application was to de-list this case pending possible actions arising in the Supreme Court. There has been no progress in the Supreme Court since, and I await your ruling on de-listing.
As they Supreme Court has not yet moved, then I say that the 'Stay' put on this case by the High Court is still in operation. You, Judge, are named as a respondent in that action, and I advise that it would be better to await the outcome of the Supreme Court.

Judge Mangan : Thank you for your advice. My Clerk has mad enquiries with the Supreme Court, and found that no books have been lodged.

Owen Rice: That information is erroneous. I assure you. These things are in progress.
I have another submission.
On July 21st, there was a stenographer present who took a record of proceedings.
At that time I did not seek a copy of the transcript, as I knew that Mr. Cregan had done so, and I presumed it would include the sections pertaining to myself. But it is missing. I am asking for a copy of the transcript relating to me.

Judge: I have no problem in directing that you receive copies of anything that the stenographer may have recorded of your case.

Owen Rice: I also requested copies of all orders made so far in my case. I was informed that there would be a fee of 150 euros for all those orders, but that I could ask to be exempted.

Judge: Ask the courts service

Owen Rice: I did, they said that the judge could make an application to waive the fee.
I'm on free legal aid. I'm presenting no great financial burden to the state in asking this,
especially as no solicitor is employed to take a slice of the free legal aid. I am not a man of great means.

[Judge briefly confers with court clerk]

Judge: I will accede to that

Owen made a further application to obtain copies of the notes made by the judge in his minute book, as part of the court record. The Judge refused this.

Owen asked that a stenographer be present at all future hearing sto take accurate notes of what takes place.
The Judge refused this also.

Owne asked that if the judge was going to proceed despite the application to de-list then he should set the next date for mention only.

The judge said that the next date would be for a hearing, on 19th January.

Owen also objected to his case being heard last.

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=72061
author by Justin Morahan - Peace Peoplepublication date Fri Oct 14, 2005 01:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Court reporter, and best of luck to Conor, Niall, Margaret, St John and Owen

author by Duinepublication date Fri Oct 14, 2005 15:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Maith sibh as an tuairisc seo a sholáthar dúinn.
Go n-éirí leis an chúigear.

Airím spiorad Gandhi sna tuairiscí.

author by Indymedia Ireland Editorial Group - Indymedia Irelandpublication date Fri Oct 14, 2005 20:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

two years later

Rice and Mangan
Rice and Mangan

author by Sampublication date Sat Oct 15, 2005 20:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Good luck St.John!

author by Robbie Sinnottpublication date Sun Oct 16, 2005 23:47author email robbiesin at gmail dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Every time, they provide something new for themselves to trip over.

author by Shaunapublication date Thu Oct 27, 2005 14:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Give them hell Owen!!!!

Number of comments per page
© 2001-2021 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy