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    Fears release of rapist Christy Griffin could reignite Dublin gangland feud

    There are fears the release of a convicted rapist and paedophile may fuel Dublin's gangland crisis. 48-year-old Christy Griffin has been freed from Midlands Prison in Portlaoise after serving 11 years for abusing a young girl known to him over an eight-year period. It is understood Gardaí are worried it may reignite a feud which developed after the case came to light. Griffin, of Ridgewood Green, Swords in Dublin, was convicted on two counts of rape and nine counts of indecent assault on dates between 1993 and 2001. He was sentenced to life in April 2007 but this was overturned in October 2011 and reduced to 15 years. Local crime factions in Sheriff Street split over the sex attacks and began

  • Motorist quoted €19k for insurance secures cover for under €2,000

    A Co. Meath motorist who was quoted over €19,000 to renew his car insurance has secured fully-comprehensive cover elsewhere - for less than €2,000 Slane publican Brian Kelly (48) is now geared up to continue his charity fundraising after a Co. Kerry insurance firm came to his aid, enabling him to continue driving. Brian hit the headlines last week after Liberty Insurance - with whom he had been a customer for 17 years - quoted him a huge €19,368.26 to cover his 07 1.6 litre Toyota Avensis for 12 months. Liberty now says the original quote was 'an error'. The hike was up over €15,000 on last year's insurance costs and over €18,500 more than his 2016 insurance policy for €800. Brian says he was

  • Acid victim died in euthanasia clinic after 15 months of unbearable suffering, court hears

    An engineer killed himself more than a year after a former lover threw acid over his face and body, a court in England has heard. The attack left Mark Van Dongen, 29, paralysed from the neck down, unrecognisable and all but blinded. It was allegedly carried out by Berlinah Wallace, 48, who told him: "If I can't have you, no-one else can." Dutch-born Mr Van Dongen suffered 15 months of pain before being granted euthanasia in Belgium, where his family lived, in January 2017. Adam Vaitilingam QC, prosecuting, told a jury at Bristol Crown Court that South African national Wallace carried out the alleged attack at her flat in Ladysmith Road, Westbury Park, Bristol. "On September 2, 2015, the defendant

  • Irish Examiner

    Mother and daughter on premeditated crime spree

    Judge Marie Keane said: “These are very serious offences - all the more serious because it is clear they were premeditated. These ladies travelled from Dublin for the purpose of engaging in a crime spree in Cork. “A particularly aggravating factor is that a number of the victims were elderly ladies simply going about their Christmas shopping.” Denise Hudson, of 32 Upper Wellington St, Phibsboro, Dublin, was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment, suspended on condition that she would not commit any further offences for the next 12 months. Judge Keane said: “These are appalling offences to commit against elderly people going about their business and to travel down to Cork for that purpose.”

  • READ: Student nurse pens emotional letter to Minister Simon Harris

    Irish student nurse, Tara Nic Chormaic has taken to Facebook to post this emotional letter to Minister Simon Harris. The 28-year-old opened up about her struggle to live on €6.49 a week and describe the hellish conditions student nurses are forced to endure in Irish hospitals. She talked about nurses who sleep in their cars and new graduates who are not able to afford their rent and mortgages or even dream of ever getting a mortgage without moving away. Since it lengthy post was published it has been shared over 3,000 times. Minister Harris has not yet responded to the letter. Read the post in full below: Dear Mr Harris, I don’t know of any other undergraduate courses in Ireland outside health-sciences

  • Breaking: Aircraft crashes near Belfast International Airport

    A light aircraft has crashed near Belfast International Airport. There are reports that two people have lost their lives in the incident. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said paramedics and three ambulance crews plus two officers and an air ambulance have been sent to the scene. The crash is reported to have happened at Nutts Corner. A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a call at 12:23 this afternoon following reports that a light aircraft had come down near Nutts Corner on approach to Belfast International Airport. "One rapid response paramedic, three emergency ambulance crews and two officers have been dispatched to the

  • Protein study offers breakthrough over motor neurone disease and dementia

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding what causes motor neurone disease and a common form of dementia. Motor neurone disease is a progressive and terminal disease that damages the function of nerves and muscle, while frontotemporal dementia is a form that causes changes in personality and behaviour along with language difficulties. A common characteristic of both conditions is the build-up of clumps of misfolded RNA-binding proteins - including a protein called FUS - in the brain and spinal cord. These build-ups lead to the death of neurons, which stops them from communicating with each other and reaching the muscles. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and University