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Conway back community courts initiative

CLARE  Senator, Martin Conway has said that the roll out of community courts across the country could revolutionise our justice system and would provide a local solution to local problems. Senator Conway’s comments coincide with a Private Members’ Motion on the subject tabled by him in the Seanad this Tuesday. “I will be using the time during my Private Members’ Motion in the Seanad to call on Minister Shatter to establish a community court in Dublin as a pilot project, with the hope that if successful, the model could be rolled out on a regional basis,” the Fine Seanad Spokesperson on Justice said. Continuing, he said, “I am convinced that we need to change how we deal with low-level crime at a local level. By placing the court at the heart of the community and approaching problems in their local context, community courts can offer a pragmatic approach that deals effectively with low level crime. “We need greater community engagement …

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Pensioner cycled 30 miles in dark after two robberies

A-68 -YEAR-old West Clare man cycled 30 miles. with all of his belongings, in the dead of night from his home to a nursing home in Ennis  after being subjected to two frightening robberies a circuit court has heard. The details emerged at a sentencing hearing at Ennis Circuit Court of three accused, Noel Garry, aged 20, of Cooraclare; Shane Donnellan, aged 20, of Clohanbeg, Cree and Joseph Lernihan, aged 21, of Finnemore Park, Mullagh, who were  all charged with robbing €3,000 from the injured party at his rural home in West Clare on February 25, 2012. Joseph Lernihan is further charged with robbery of €4,000 from the same man, four days earlier on February 21, 2012 at the same location. All three pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Detective Garda Donal Corkery told the court, “The injured party in this case is 68 and resided alone in a rural isolated location”. He said he was targeted by a …

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First Clare personal insolvency court held in Ennis

THE first personal insolvency court to sit in Clare was held before Judge Patrick Meghan at Ennis Courthouse on Thursday. In the case, a protection certificate was granted to a Clare man as part of a personal insolvency arrangement. The single case before the court related to the Clare native’s liabilities of €1.8million. This is the first time the new special circuit court has sat in the county. The matter before the court was the highest liability to come before the personal insolvency court in Ireland to date. The court was set up following the enactment of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012, which not only established the court but also provided for a special circuit court judge to hear these matters. The cases are then processed by the Insolvency Service of Ireland. The first personal insolvency court took place in Monaghan in October 2013 and since that time, there have been 13 further hearings. John Hogan, one of two personal …

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Jennifer Lauren leaves Ireland on United Airlines flight

The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, Jennifer Lauren, who was convicted of intoxication on an aircraft, has left Ireland this morning, Thursday, on board a United Airlines Flight to Newark. The New York based jewellery designer was yesterday convicted of two charges under the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1973 at a sitting of Ennis District Court, for unruly conduct on board a Delta Airlines flight from Barcelona to JFK in New York. The Clare Champion has learned that Ms Lauren spent a third night in Shannon, her second at the Shannon hotel The Oakwood Arms, before being able to get a flight out of the country. Delta Airlines, as a policy, will not fly those involved in such incidents. Ms Lauren’s passport was returned to her at 5pm on Wednesday after being held by gardai while her case was at hearing. The United Airlines flight departed Shannon this morning at 9.43am.

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