Dundons want to attend court over jail conditions row
TWO brothers serving life sentences for murder want to attend the hearing of their challenge to the legality of their detention in the segregation unit of Portlaoise Prison.
John and Desmond Dundon, and another prisoner, Nathan Kileen, allege that they are being locked up 23 hours a day without educational or recreational facilities, in breach of their rights under the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Last month, they secured leave from the High Court to challenge that segregation in judicial review proceedings.
When the case was mentioned yesterday, their counsel, Michael P O'Higgins, said he was instructed, because of the unusual circumstances involved, that all three wanted to attend the High Court for those proceedings.
Counsel for the State indicated that it would oppose their application.
The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, having been told legal papers had to be filed and that another court decision due to be delivered shortly may have implications for this case, adjourned the matter for mention to later this month.
He also indicated that, given the involvement of the Dundon brothers, the matter may be more suitable to be heard in the Criminal Courts of Justice building, rather than the Four Courts.
John Dundon (29), of Hyde Park, Limerick, was jailed for life last August for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan at Dorradoyle in 2008 in a case of mistaken identity.
Desmond Dundon is serving life for the murder of rival Limerick crime boss Kieran Keane in January 2002.
Nathan Kileen (22), also from Limerick, is serving five years for violent disorder.