Readers may be familiar with the recent decision of Judge Martin Nolan not to impose a custodial sentence on former civil servant Patrick Corcoran, 53, after he was caught with over 7,000 images and 21 videos of child pornography. In October 2012 Judge Nolan allowed 29 year old Graham Griffiths, who committed a violent sex […]

He’s back. Judge Of The Day Hall of Famer Judge Martin Nolan, no longer in the Family Court, delivers another memorable judgment A Dublin father who sexually assaulted his neighbour while her eight-year-old son lay in the bed beside was given a two-year, suspended sentence. The child woke up during the assault, recognised the man […]

Justice Martin Nolan. Yes, him again (and again). Jane Ruffino (37) said she believes the justice system has failed her after a judge granted a suspended sentence to her attacker on condition that he pay her more than €5,000 in compensation. Judge Martin Nolan imposed a two-and-a-half year sentence which he suspended on condition that […]

Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry (centre) leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this afternoon after he and his refrigeration company Garuda were found guilty of filing an incorrect corporation tax return for year ending 2006 and for failing to keep proper books of account. He was fined €15,00 Lowry delighted that Judge Martin Nolan […]

From top: Former Anglo Irish Bank executive Willie McAteer; former chief executive of Irish Life and Permanent, Denis Casey; and former Anglo Irish Bank executive John Bowe on their way into the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin this morning Judge Martin Nolan sentenced three former bank executives at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning for their […]

A Jack Russell Terrier (top) and ‘Judge of the Day’ Hall of Famer Martin Nolan One witness saw Liam Dowling (44) swing the Jack Russell dog overhead by its lead and smash it to the ground up to 30 times as he crossed a park area by Clonliffe College. Garda Shane Mengessidis said that Dowling […]

Last night, Dearbhail McDonald, associate and legal editor at the Irish Independent; Tom Lyons, senior business correspondent at the Irish Times,  and Tom O’Malley, a senior lectuter in law from the National University of Ireland Galway, appeared on RTÉ’s Prime Time to discuss the fall out of yesterday’s sentencing of Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan. […]

[From top: Former Finance Director of Anglo Irish Bank, Willie McAteer, and former Managing Director of Anglo Irish Bank, Pat Whelan, arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning for their sentencing. On April 17, they were both convicted of giving illegal loans to ten property developers, known as the Maple 10, to buy […]

Professor of European Criminal Justice Finbarr McCauley, of University College Dublin, appeared on RTÉ’s Prime Time last night to speak about the Anglo trial. He and presenter David McCullagh were joined by Orla O’Donnell, legal correspondent for RTÉ, Ian Kehoe, assistant editor of the Sunday Business Post, and Gregory Connor, Professor of Economics, Finance and […]