File photograph of Michael Ferris. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

A farmer convicted of the manslaughter of a neighbour (73) by driving the pronged forks of a teleporter into his car in a row over a crow-banger has s(...)

Pope Francis (R) shakes hands with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan  in the UAE capital. Photograph: Vatican media/AFP/Getty Images

The three-day visit of Pope Francis to the Arabian peninsula, the first ever by a pope, has been heralded by his Emirati Muslim hosts as a major break(...)

Brother of the late Anthony O’Mahony, Seamus (centre) leaves the Central Criminal Court   after Michael Ferris was sentenced to five years for the killing of Anthony O’Mahony (73) in  Co Kerry. Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins.

Provocation, a defence which judges have repeatedly said requires significant reform, is used in a quarter of all murder trials. Ireland is unique am(...)

Niece of the late Anthony O’Mahony, Ann O’Carroll: her uncle  died when Martin Ferris drove a teleporter into him after a decades-long row. Photograph: Collins Courts

Provocation as a legal defence to murder comes from the days when men tended to be armed and were honour-bound to avenge any personal insult “by insta(...)

An example of a gas-powered bird scarer Photograph: Geography Photos/Universal Images Group/Getty

There is no legislation specifically to deal with bird scarers, also referred to as crow bangers, which are usually employed by farmers to dissuade bi(...)

The family of the late Anthony O’Mahony,hold his picture outside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin after Michael Ferris was sentenced to five years.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins.

The family of a farmer who was “gruesomely” killed when a neighbour repeatedly drove a teleporter into him have said they “strongly believe that justi(...)

Seamus O’Mahony, brother of the late Anthony O’Mahony, leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Monday after the sentence hearing of Michael Ferris (63) was adjourned.  Photograph: Collins Courts

The manner in which the good character of a farmer, who was killed when a neighbour drove the prongs of a teleporter into him, was “shredded” during t(...)

Michael Ferris  at Tralee Court House at an earlier hearing. Photograph  Domnick Walsh

A 62-year-old Kerry farmer has been sent forward to the Central Criminal Court on a charge of murdering a neighbouring landowner last April. Michael (...)

Garda at the scene of a fatal collision in Rattoo, Ballyduff, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

A 62-year-old Kerry farmer has appeared before Tralee District Court charged with the murder of a neighbouring landowner. Michael Ferris of Rattoo, B(...)