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national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Monday May 01, 2017 21:15 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
This is opinion & analysis piece comes from Integrity Ireland who are attempting to fight corruption in the legal system and face an uphill struggle in their task and this piece illustrates well what they are up against.
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Well, it has been an interesting few weeks again, with reports of increasingly odd and bizarre ‘developments’ – especially regarding decisions being made by Gardaí, by Courts Service Staff and by senior personnel at the DPP’s Office. read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / feature Monday April 24, 2017 10:42 by 1 of indy   text 5 comments (last - saturday may 20, 2017 22:30)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
To help highlight the case of the Jobstown 18 we are republishing an open letter by Irish Writers.

We write as writers concerned with the impact of proposed jury restrictions in the case of the Jobstown 18 on freedom of expression in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / crime and justice / event notice Friday April 21, 2017 22:49 by JobstownNotGuilty   image 1 image   video 1 video file
March for Justice for Jobstown Not Guilty tomorrow, ahead of the trial which starts next week. 1pm at Central Bank Dame St in Dublin. Please watch this information clip, share and join the protest tomorrow. read full story / add a comment
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international / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Thursday April 13, 2017 18:34 by Campaign to end cruelty to greyhounds and hares in Ireland   text 2 comments (last - sunday april 16, 2017 17:07)   image 5 images
With the Greyhound Industry Bill due before the Oireachtas in the coming weeks, legislators need to be lobbied to ensure that any greyhound owner or trainer convicted of “blooding” greyhounds be banned FOR LIFE from access to, or ownership of, animals of any kind.

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dublin / crime and justice / event notice Monday March 06, 2017 01:15 by JM
Protest At Pro-Cathedral Over Tuam Death Camp

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has faced scandals before but nothing compares to the Mass Graves at Tuam and other locations. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Sunday February 19, 2017 23:19 by pbp
Garda Maurice McCabe was an honest Garda who was horrified by the way that ‘respected’ and well connected people got their penalty points written off.

When he reported this practice, he was immediately ostracised. Senior officials saw him as a dangerous outsider who was upsetting local networks of privilege. Far from being ground down, Maurice McCabe started to look at other malpractices.

He blew the whistle on how Gardai in the Cavan –Monaghan area deliberately reduced a charge against Gerard McGrath who had viciously assaulted a female taxi driver. read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / press release Thursday September 22, 2016 23:54 by pbp   image 1 image
There is more than a whiff of corruption arising from NAMA. The most obvious case has already been highlighted with Project Eagle in Northern Ireland.

Here a giant US company Cerberus paid a €7 million fixer fee to secure assets originally worth €6.5 billion for just €1.34 billion. Even though Michael Noonan was informed that another company had withdrawn from the bidding after it was asked for a ‘fixer fee’, he still allowed the sale to go ahead.

The main fixer was Frank Cushnihan, a well connected insider among the Northern political elite. It is alleged that Peter Robinson and his son Garret stood to benefit from this fee. Astoundingly, Cushnihan was also acting as an advisor for 58% of NAMA’s Northern debtors. read full story / add a comment
international / crime and justice / other press Wednesday September 14, 2016 23:10 by 1 of Indymedia   video 1 video file
In the months leading up to the Olympics there was a clear political campaign to kick Russia out of the Olympics and this was all part of the broader strategy to make Russia the number one enemy of the West and to restart a new Cold War which the USA has managed to more or less achieve.

However it was surely obvious to anyone who follows sport that there are plenty of others taking drugs and nobody is squeaky clean. Therefore it comes as no surprise to discover the US athletes were taking drugs but what does come as a surprise is the influence of the global US machine on the likes of bodies such as World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) who seem to have one set of rules for some countries and allows them to take drugs with "doctor's note" and other rules for other countries where no such exemptions or rather turning of a blind eye are allowed.

All of this has come to light as a result of recent hacking of WADA. Naturally it is blamed on the Russians. Whether it is or isn't is in material. What matters is what was found and blaming the hackers whoever they are, is simply away to distract from the issue. read full story / add a comment
mayo / crime and justice / event notice Thursday September 01, 2016 22:25 by anon   1 attached file
On Sept 6th - Tuesday in Castlebar District Court, latest hearing in the State’s attempt to criminally prosecute two prominent I-I members for speaking up in Court when a judge, aided and abetted by others in the pay of the State, broke just about every rule in the book! read full story / add a comment
mayo / crime and justice / event notice Thursday September 01, 2016 21:52 by actf
We will assemble outside SuperValu Car Park in Westport town at 11am on Sunday 4th September.

Judge Seamus Hughes had a total of six penalty points wiped from his driver’s licence on three separate occasions between 2011 and 2012, Phoenix Magazine claims.

The Wesport native, who is also a former Fianna Fail TD, clocked up the first offence on March 28 2011, shortly after taking over from retired judge, John Neilan in District Number Nine. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 05, 2016 17:43 by Aran   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 07, 2016 23:24)
Dormit in Pace
2013:

Sitting in the cells beneath one of our country’s circuit courts, my travel-weary eyes settle briefly on my hands. Their stillness and my stoic-like composure belie my internal turmoil.

I cast a cold eye over my surroundings - stale urine and solid waste regurgitated from a steel toilet lays siege to the senses. Cigarette butts litter the floor; confetti of condemned men. Crude misspelt graffiti bears mute testimony to the length of their sentences and the shortness of their education. A reasonable inference using the inverse square law - my maths teacher would be proud. read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Saturday March 19, 2016 16:39 by Ruared
Background to the internment of Tony Taylor

On 6th March 2014, after almost three years on remand in Maghaberry prison, Tony Taylor was convicted and sentenced to seven years - three in custody and four on license - for Republican activity. Tony was also given a lengthy sentence in the early nineties after being injured in an explosion in his native Derry.
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Outside Kilkenny District after the case: Mona Ward, Hubert Daniels, Aideen Yourell, Norman Daniels, and Philip Lynch
international / crime and justice / press release Wednesday March 16, 2016 17:37 by Ban Fox Hunting in Ireland   text 1 comment (last - saturday april 02, 2016 19:06)   image 2 images
John O'Reilly (48), of Rathielty, Rathmoyle, Co Kilkenny, was fined at Kilkenny District Court on Friday March 15th €2,250 for assaulting brothers, Hubert and Norman Daniels.

The two farmers had been carrying out with a digger on a road close to their farm at Rathielty, County Kilkenny, on November 5, 2013, when the culprit came swaggering up the road wielding a shovel.
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dublin / crime and justice / event notice Sunday January 31, 2016 23:56 by Integrity Ireland   1 attached file
Feb 1st - Monday 11.00am. Meet at CCJ (Criminal Courts of Justice) on Parkgate Street (near Heuston Station). Marching on Garda HQ to conduct citizen’s arrest of Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan.

Hi Folks – well, as most of you will be aware by now, we have declared our intention to conduct a citizen’s arrest on Ms Noirin O’Sullivan, currently acting in the position of Garda Commissioner for her personal complicity in multiple instances of interfering with or obstructing the administration of justice. The arrest is scheduled to take place on Monday February 1st at Garda Headquarters, Phoenix Park, Dublin. We will be departing as a group from the Criminal Courts of Justice at 11.00am and will hand in a written statement/declaration/ arrest warrant signed by a ‘jury’ of twelve upstanding citizens

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mayo / crime and justice / event notice Tuesday January 12, 2016 22:50 by II   image 1 image
There is 'a plan' for tomorrow, Wed Jan 13th folks at Castlebar
Courthouse - where we hope and intend to (peacefully) place the
spotlight on the outrageous abuses of the law and the Constitution which
are ongoing daily in our so-called 'Courts of Justice!' Amongst the
issues we wish to highlight are: (1) NO more private or secret Courts.
(2) NO more illegal assaults on the public. (3) Registrars and Judges to
abide by the law. (4) Proper sanctions for fraud, perjury and contempt
of Court (by authority figures). (5) Proper action on legitimate
citizen's arrests. (6) Equality for lay litigants. (7) ..and an end to
multiple abuses of our fundamental rights by politically-appointed
Judges and Registrars. TV cameras are expected, so let's make the most
of it! read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Monday January 11, 2016 23:14 by IPRT
IPRT welcomes commencement of legislation to address “damaging and wasteful” practice of imprisonment for fines default

The Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) strongly welcomes the commencement today (Monday 11 January 2016) by Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Act 2014, including the introduction of the facility to pay court-ordered fines by instalment, more than 5 years after it was first included in the Fines Act 2010.

IPRT particularly welcomes that imprisonment will be a sanction of “last resort” for fines default, used only when other sanctions have failed. read full story / add a comment
westmeath / crime and justice / event notice Wednesday December 09, 2015 23:05 by Integrity Ireland
Integrity Ireland administrator Stephen Manning will be delivering a public presentation on Thurs Dec 10th in Mullingar at 7:30pm, entitled

“Profit at any Price” -- and how to protect yourself from predators and parasites - and from tyrants, thugs and thieves - especially in the Irish Courts read full story / add a comment
mayo / crime and justice / event notice Sunday November 22, 2015 20:05 by Integrity Ireland
Castlebar Courthouse tomorrow, Mon Nov 23rd, 100 house repossession cases scheduled to be heard by County Registrar (& Sheriff) Fintan Murphy - despite the fact that he remains under citizens arrest for inciting affray! Garda Management still refusing to take jurisdiction for the arrest of Murphy and other rogue Gardai who have assaulted and injured members of the public recently.. read full story / add a comment
dublin / crime and justice / event notice Thursday September 17, 2015 23:52 by lasc
On the 26th day of every month since then people throughout Mexico and world-wide have demonstrated support for their campaign.

The Latin America Solidarity Centre has called for a demonstration to express solidarity and demand justice for the 43, to take place at the Mexican Embassy, 19 Raglan Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 at 12 noon on September 26th, 2015 - one year after the crime. read full story / add a comment
mayo / crime and justice / news report Thursday September 03, 2015 23:04 by Integrity Ireland   text 5 comments (last - monday september 28, 2015 23:32)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
This morning's sitting of Castlebar Court today was adjourned just before midday as members of Integrity Ireland requested to place Judge Kevin Kilrane and prosecuting Superintendent Joe McKenna under citizens’ arrest.

Stephen Manning and Colm Granahan both of Integrity Ireland had been taking a private criminal prosecution of County Registrar Fintan Murphy. The Garda Sergeant who starred in an I-I all-action video clip in March had also been summoned to appear as a witness - for the prosecution. read full story / add a comment
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