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Justice Paul Carney

After his own leniency row.

[Justice Paul Carney] ordered that the man be registered as a sex offender and that a victim impact report be prepared for the sentencing hearing on December 1st, next.
…The judge initially remanded the man in custody until that date but agreed to release him on bail after hearing there was no objection from the prosecution….
The Rape Crisis Centre and the tabloids can go after the Director of Public Prosecutions and not me,” the judge commented…

Judge says DPP responsible for rapist released on bail (Irish Times)

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A daily greeting at Modisa Wildlife Project in Botswana between conservationist Valentin Gruener and Sirga – a lioness he rescued as an orphaned cub.

If mawkish thoughts of Christian the lion, inevitably engendered by this video are making you feel uncomfortable, here’s something a little more sobering.



Former Fianna Fail TD, junior minister, deputy whip, Senator, etc. jailed for using false invoices to claim mobile phone expenses.

Ivor Callely jailed for five months for fraudulently claiming expenses (RTE)

Ivor Callelly?


A company of developer Johnny Ronan has won its Supreme Court appeal against a ruling the €1.46 million annual rent for Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street must be allowed fall to reflect market rates. The end result of the various provisions of the lease was an “upwards only” review effect notwithstanding it was not expressed in those terms.

Supreme Court rules Bewley’s must pay €1.46m rent (Irish Times)

Judgment here

Meanwhile, back in February:

The Government was defeated in the Seanad yesterday in a vote on a Private Members’ Bill to end upward-only rent reviews. The Independents who voted against the Government included five of the Taoiseach’s nominees: Fiach Mac Conghail, Marie-Louise O’Donnell, Mary Ann O’Brien, Jillian van Turnhout and Katherine Zappone.

Government defeated in Seanad vote on upward-only rent reviews (Irish Times, February)