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This morning.

Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin  2

Antoinette Keegan (above centre) and her mother Christine (above left) and Eugene Kelly (above right) holding pictures of Antoinette’s sisters who perished in the fire, Martina (16) and Mary (19)  following a special meeting of the campaign group Justice For Stardust attended by Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan (top right).

The Attorney General yesterday evening confirmed that new inquests will be held for the 48 victims of the 1981 Stardust fire. It follows a request last April from the families of the victims.

More to follow.

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This afternoon.

Dublin and Cork city centres.

Protests today following statements made during a trial in Cork last week in which a 27-year-old man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl was found not guilty.

Barrister Elizabeth O’Connell SC, for the accused, had asked the jury to consider what the woman was wearing, saying:

“Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

Earlier: Smalls Minded

In her closing address to the jury, Ms Elizabeth O’Connell SC [for the unnamed accused] told jurors they should have regard for the underwear the complainant wore on the night.

“Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

Counsel for man acquitted of rape suggested jurors should reflect on underwear worn by teen complainant (Liam Heylin, irish Examiner)

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From top: Ballyshannon Garda Station in Co Donegal; Mary Boyle

Free today?

A demonstration to highlight concerns about the case of Mary Boyle will take place today at 2pm in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.

Supporters will meet at The Abbey Arts Centre on Tirconnell Street before marching to Ballyshannon Garda Station.

Interview with organiser Naomi Brady via Highland Radio here

Mary Boyle: The Untold Story

Previously: Free Saturday?

Mary Boyle on broadsheet.

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This afternoon.

Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

Mary Boyle’s twin sister Ann Doherty (pic 2 ) joins supporters on today’s demonstration.

Pics courtesy of Mick Caul

Meanwhile…

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“In relation to the [Department of Justice] secretary general [Brian Purcell] I have just been appointed to the department. I have just received this report so I will be having further discussions with him in relation to the content of the report,”

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald this afternoon following the publication of the Guerin Report.

Hmm.

Fitzgerald declines to express confidence in secretary general (irish Times)

Previously: He’s The Brian Of The Operation

Martin’s Letter

Video Via MerrionStreet.ie

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A chartered accountant who admitted stealing money from clients and engaging in an accountancy practice known as teeming and lading was given a four-year suspended jail sentence yesterday for the theft of €162,000. James Hackett, aged 63, of 22 Ashington, Brooklodge, Glanmire, Co Cork, was given the suspended term at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Dermot Sheehan BL, defence barrister, said that because some of the monies were put into the accounts of other clients, the actual losses did not total €162,000, but that injured parties were out of pocket to the total of over €53,000. By appealing to family and a large group of friends, Hackett had been able to gather that compensation in full, the balance to be lodged with his solicitor within days for payment of the injured parties, said Mr Sheehan.

Accountant gets suspended term for stealing over €160,000 from clients (Liam Heylin, Irish Examiner)

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Judge Eugene O’Kelly (above) said he was “appalled” at video footage he had seen of the incident, which showed Garda Niall O’Connor “make a lunge” at Gary Daly and “drag him in a violent manner to the squad car” after the accused started recording the arrest of his friend on his phone.

…Recording a video was “not an offence”, said Judge O’Kelly, who added that he found it “extraordinary” that the case should follow so soon after the death of Rodney King, whose beating at the hands of the Los Angeles police in 1991 might never have come to light had it not been recorded by a third party.

 

Judge ‘Appalled’ By Video Footage After Man Says Garda Broke His Arm (Mike Dwayne, Limerick Leader)

(Pic: Limerick Leader)