Thursday 25 December 2014

Murder trial to open

Published 30/01/2014 | 02:30

AN ARCHITECT accused of killing childcare worker Elaine O'Hara has been served with the book of evidence and sent forward for trial.

Graham Dwyer (41) is charged with the murder of Ms O'Hara, whose remains were found in the Dublin mountains last September. She had been missing for more than a year. Mr Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, appeared before Cloverhill District Court charged with the murder of Ms O'Hara. State solicitor Ronan O'Brien said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court.

GILLIGAN TO PAY COSTS

CONVICTED drug dealer John Gilligan has been ordered to pay costs in relation to his failed Supreme Court challenge to a law under which consecutive sentences were imposed on him for having mobile phones in prison.

John Peart SC, for Gilligan, yesterday said that he would renew his application for costs as the action was a test case. Chief Justice Susan Denham said the court was satisfied the rule that "costs follow the event" applied and would therefore affirm the High Court order awarding costs to the State.

RUGBY STAR IN NIGERIA

RUGBY star Donncha O'Callaghan has set out for Nigeria to support UNICEF's polio vaccination programme.

In his role as UNICEF Ireland ambassador, the Irish and Munster rugby second-row forward will spend four days in Nigeria on a fact-finding mission to gauge the extent of the polio problem and visit medical centres to view the vaccines being administered.

ALARM AT PRISON FIGURES

NEW measures are being implemented in jail in a bid to reduce an alarming rate of repeat offending.

Prison authorities agreed on action as latest figures showed that more than one in two prisoners, who were released after serving their sentence, committed crime again within three years.

RESTRICTIONS AT HOSPITAL

STRICT visitor restrictions are in place at Kerry General Hospital (KGH) following an outbreak of the suspected norovirus, more commonly known as the vomiting bug.

Two visitors per patient are allowed into the hospital and are asked to adhere to the visiting hours between 2pm and 4pm and again between 6.30pm and 8.30pm and to use the alcohol hand gels supplied. No children are allowed in.

Irish Independent

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