Tuesday 12 December 2017

Two guilty of bomb offences

Two Co Louth men were convicted at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday of bomb charges.

Conan Murphy (25), of Plaster, Mount Pleasant, Dundalk, Co Louth, was found guilty of the possession of explosive substances at Aghaboys, Mount Pleasant, on May 22, 2010.

Co-accused Philip McKevitt (58) of Aghaboys, Mount Pleasant, was also found guilty of the same offence.

The court heard evidence that gardai had placed the address in Co Louth under surveillance as part of an operation focusing on the suspected movement and manufacture of explosive devices by members of the IRA. The court remanded them in custody for sentencing on March 9.

Strictly stars to delight queen

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing have been added to the bill for a major event for the Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee celebrations.

Professional dancers and celebrity contestants from the BBC1 show will take part in the Jubilee Family Festival, being staged in London's Hyde Park on June 2 and 3. Judge Craig Revel Horwood will present the performances at the event.

Top judges hang up wigs

TWO senior judges have retired.

In the Supreme Court, Ms Justice Fidelma Macken retired on her 70th birthday after what the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham, described as a "stellar" and "trail-blazing" career.

In the High Court, Mr Justice John Quirke retired after tributes were paid to him in a packed court by the Attorney General, Bar Council, Law Society and, on behalf of the Courts Service, his registrar Grainne O'Loghlen.

Spain gets its treasure back

A 17-ton haul of silver coins, lost for two centuries in the ocean's depths aboard a sunken Spanish galleon, began its journey back to its home country last night after the deep-sea explorers who lifted it to the surface lost their claim to ownership.

Two cargo planes took off from a Florida Air Force base with 594,000 silver coins and other artefacts aboard.

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