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Victory for Tara defenders triumph at Trim

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | feature author Wednesday May 20, 2009 08:09author by Madam K Report this post to the editors

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It's a pity they weren't thrown out of court as quickly

On Monday 11th May eleven defendants charged with public order offences while protesting the M3 through the Gabhra Valley, Meath, appeared before Trim court. Three more defendants were unable to return to Ireland and their cases were heard in their absence.

Seven of the defendants had been arrested on 18th July 2007 while protesting at Blundelstown at the Hill of Tara. Others were arrested on 14th September 2007 and 26th July 2007 and 13th March 2007.

Those before the court were J.P. Fay, Robert Doherty, Hugh Mac Loughlin, Heather Buchannan, Kieran O’Carroll, Carmel Diviney, Anthony Hannigan, Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin, Kitty Kavanagh, Neil Morgan, Rik Weilich, Daniel Maloney and Daniel Moore. Most of the defendants were represented by Michael Finucane solicitor and barristers John Moher and Imelda Kelly. Others were represented by Eoin Foley of Cahir O Higgins.

The presiding judge, John Coughlan, heard the cases over a period of two days, Monday 11th and Wednesday 13th May. He dismissed all the charges in 11 cases, the charges were dropped in two cases and one case of alleged assault was dismissed on merit.

Video taken by the construction company was shown in evidence in two of the cases.

Some details on Operation Bedrock, a security operation by the Gardaí on the route of the M3, were given in court.

Information was also given on the Judicial Review taken by Michael Finucane on behalf of some defendants in an effort to gain access to all documents relating to Operation Bedrock..

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Tara defendants triumph at Trim

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   about time !     TARA SUPPORTER    Mon May 18, 2009 19:31 
   A statement     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Mon May 18, 2009 22:47 
   14 - Nil     Seán Ryan    Mon May 18, 2009 22:50 
   Mistake     Seán Ryan    Tue May 19, 2009 00:07 
   Indymedia Court Case Reports     Seamuseen    Tue May 19, 2009 09:46 
   The media     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Tue May 19, 2009 10:24 
   Thanks for the court report     creeping jaysus    Tue May 19, 2009 10:41 
   "the cost of the constant delays for two years" (Dr Muireann Ni Bhrolchain, Tue May 19, 2009 10:24)     Alanna    Tue May 19, 2009 11:37 
   Irish Democracy     old codger    Tue May 19, 2009 15:29 
 10   Pics by Donkey On A Mission     Tara Tara Tara    Tue May 19, 2009 16:36 
 11   OPERATION BEDROCK 18-7-07     Tara Tara Tara    Tue May 19, 2009 17:52 
 12   Hears to Hope...     court support    Tue May 19, 2009 18:15 
 13   someone forgot to read this...     Mise Tara 7    Tue May 19, 2009 18:49 
 14   Hope     Carmel Diviney    Tue May 19, 2009 18:50 
 15   "The real criminals are still out there" (see at Tue May 19, 2009 18:50)     Oisín    Tue May 19, 2009 20:00 
 16   Reply to curious     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Tue May 19, 2009 22:23 
 17   impressed     Shop Steward    Tue May 19, 2009 22:53 
 18   Some photos     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Tue May 19, 2009 23:26 
 19   More photos     Muireann Ni Bhrolchain    Tue May 19, 2009 23:31 
 20   Correction     Carmel Diviney    Wed May 20, 2009 09:02 
 21   Please provide precise details of assault?     Coilín    Wed May 20, 2009 14:32 
 22   Irrelevant quetions Coilin     Madam K    Sun May 24, 2009 12:49 
 23   more people falsely arrested     Madam K    Sun May 24, 2009 15:39 
 24   Victory?     Eric    Tue May 26, 2009 12:43 
 25   Well done....And yet....     Pauline    Wed May 27, 2009 01:31 
 26   Not an irrelevant question, Madam K     Yaeger    Wed May 27, 2009 01:49 
 27   Not inactive     Anon    Wed May 27, 2009 17:04 
 28   Yay     Rik Wielink    Mon Jul 27, 2009 22:03 

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