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State moves to dismiss Joe O'Reilly's bid to have his conviction for murdering wife declared miscarriage of justice

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Joe O'Reilly was convicted of his wife's murder in 2007

Joe O'Reilly was convicted of his wife's murder in 2007

Joe O'Reilly was convicted of his wife's murder in 2007

THE State has said an attempt by murderer Joe O'Reilly to have his conviction declared a miscarriage of justice is an "abuse of process".

O'Reilly, who was convicted in 2007 of the murder of his wife Rachel at their home in The Naul, Co Dublin, was present in Court of Criminal Appeal.

Also present were members of Rachel's family, including her parents Rose and Jim Callaly.

Counsel for the State, Brendan Grehan, said there has to be "finality" in relation to the criminal process - not just for the DPP and the accused, but also for the victim and their family.

O'Reilly lost an appeal against his conviction in 2009, while in 2012 he failed in a subsequent attempt to have his conviction quashed.

O'Reilly is arguing on this occasion that his conviction should be declared a miscarriage of justice because the book of evidence, or a portion of it, was left in the jury room during his trial.

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