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Memorial plaque to Niamh Doyle in her sister Louise’s home. “My story comes from love,” says Louise. “It’s not to slate anybody – to slate the gardaí or the girl. It’s just a story that I’m telling. Niamh deserves it.” Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Louise and Niamh Doyle’s last Christmas together was a good one. They laughed and they joked, they ate and they drank. They snuggled up on Louise’s s(...)

 The 39-year-old man was convicted by a Central Criminal Court jury following a trial last May of two counts of the anal rape of the woman at their Co Mayo home on December 18th, 2015. File photograph: Collins Courts

A Co Mayo resident convicted of raping his wife twice in one night has been jailed for nine years. The 39-year-old man, who cannot be identified to p(...)

Kevin Carroll (58), of Hawthorne Drive, in Birr, Co Offaly jailed for rape and anal rape

Lawyers for a drama teacher jailed for raping a child have told the Court of Appeal that a juror “smiled and winked” at the complainant during his tri(...)

Sophia Murphy, aged 33, speaks to the media as she leaves the Central Criminal Court in Dublin after her father John Murphy, (61) was sentenced to 18 years in prison for regularly sexually assaulting her from the age of three. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A woman whose father has been jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing her from the age of three has said all she wanted was “to be believed”. John (...)

Ross Thompson (19)  arrested after rampage in a Toyota Yaris in which he drove at a Garda car three times. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

A teenager who deliberately drove a vehicle at a Garda patrol car three times during a high speed chase has been jailed for 16 months. Ross Thompson (...)

Jason (left, 20) and his brother Dean Bradley (24) of Liscarne Gardens, Ronanstown both received life sentences. File photograph:   Collins Courts

Two brothers wept as they were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a gunman who shot at their home. A third brother, who was acquitted o(...)

The fraud was uncovered when Lawlor’s ex-wife was audited by Revenue. Photograph: Collins Courts

A man has been spared jail for a second time over fraudulently claiming €167,000 worth of social welfare payments despite an appeal by prosecutors to (...)

The couple have been remanded in custody since their arrest. They have no previous convictions.Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A couple who were caught with “an Aladdin’s cave” worth of stolen items in a Dublin hotel room will be sentenced later for fraud, theft and criminal d(...)

Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Lorcan Staines, submitted that although the scourge of gambling which afflicted Mark Hehir was “tragic”, it did not amount to an exceptional circumstance which justified community service or a suspended sentence.  File photograph: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

An underage football star who admitted stealing €300,000 from his employer to fund a gambling addiction has been spared jail a second time, despite an(...)

“Normally people grow out of bad behaviour. You need to smell the coffee,” the judge said to the offender.

It was entirely understandable how the public was becoming cynical about judges handing out suspended sentences given the frequency with which offende(...)

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