Brian Rattigan

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Frederick ‘Freddie’ Thompson: challenging prison regime. Photograph: The Irish Times

Convicted killer Frederick ‘Freddie’ Thompson’s High Court challenge over the conditions of his detention at Portlaoise Prison was adjourned at the la(...)

The scene where 29-year-old Keith Branigan was shot dead in a caravan park in Clogherhead, Co Louth. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

The murder of Keith Branigan at a caravan park near Clogherhead, Co Louth, on Tuesday represents a serious escalation in an already dangerous feud bet(...)

Kinahan cartel: Liam Byrne heads what the Criminal Assets Bureau calls the “Byrne organised-crime group”

Liam Byrne, a trusted associate of the Kinahan cartel, is among the most powerful figures in Irish organised crime Like a stereotypical London v(...)

On Thursday, Brian Rattigan was jailed for nine years at the Central Criminal Court for manslaughter. It comes 10 years after he went on trial for the murder of his former friend, Declan Gavin. File photograph: Collins Courts

This was “the first time” Dublin criminal Brian Rattigan had “put his hand up” for the killing of 21-year-old Declan Gavin, Chief Supt Brian Sutton sa(...)

Brian Rattigan (38) has been in prison for most of his adult life and pleaded guilty last October to killing 21-year-old Declan Gavin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dublin criminal Brian Rattigan, who admitted killing his former friend and wrote a letter of apology to his mother asking for forgiveness, has been ja(...)

Brian Rattigan  leaving court in August  2001  after he was found guilty  of the murder of Declan Gavin. Photograph: Collins Courts

A 38-year-old Dubliner in prison for most of his adult life has asked forgiveness from the mother of the man he killed in 2001 ahead of being sentence(...)

Brian Rattigan of Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, who has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Declan Gavin in 2001. Photograph: Collins Courts

Brian Rattigan has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Declan Gavin and said he is sorry to the victim’s family and anyone else he has hurt. Ratti(...)

All of those serving life sentences in Irish prisons are there for either homicide offences (327) or serious sexual offences (12). File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has a relatively small prison population but the percentage of inmates serving life sentences has been increasing for years. Today nearly 9 p(...)

Brian Rattigan: accused of the murder of Declan Gavin. Photograph:  Garrett White/Collins Court

Brian Rattigan’s retrial on a charge of murdering a man outside a fast food restaurant in Dublin 17 years ago will take place early next year. Mr Ra(...)

Brian Rattigan leaves  court  in 2009 after he was found guilty  of the murder of Declan Gavin. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Supreme Court has directed a retrial in the case of Brian Rattigan who last year won an appeal against his conviction for the murder of a man in D(...)

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