Eamonn Barnes

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 Undated family handout file photo of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

The body of 39-year-old Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found close to a laneway near her holiday home, in the isolated townland of Drinane, outside (...)

The wait for a criminal trail in the Dublin Circuit court is approximately one and a half years, a delay in part due to a number of exceptionally long trials.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

The introduction of pre-trial hearings could significantly shorten the delay in criminal trials coming to court, the Director of Public Prosecutions ((...)

George Gibney in May 1988 when Ireland swimming coach. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

George Gibney’s name has become synonymous with child abuse in Irish swimming. The Olympic coach for the LA and Seoul Games fled the country in the 19(...)

Ian Bailey, a British citizen living in Schull, Co Cork, denies involvement in the murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ian Bailey on Thursday lost his court bid to have homicide charges against him dropped in France. However, his Irish solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said M(...)

Eamonn  Barnes was appointed DPP in January 1975, which position  he held until his retirement in 1999. File photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Eamonn Barnes, the State’s first Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), has died. Mr Barnes was appointed to the position in January 1975, which he he(...)

Ian Bailey is appealing the March 2015 dismissal of his claim that various gardaí had conspired to frame him for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Collins

A High Court judge probably should not have warned key witness Marie Farrell about perjury in front of the jury hearing Ian Bailey’s damages case but (...)

Former Garda Commissioner Larry Wren’s coffin with the Tricolour, his commissioner’s hat, his portrait and spray of flowers, at his funeral at St Brigid’s Church in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Former Garda commissioner Larry Wren was remembered at his funeral yesterday as a person of love and charity. He was and a man of integrity who lived(...)

Given the disputes between the lawyers in the Ian Bailey case, a dry run of the evidence of former Director of Public Prosecutions Jim Hamilton (above) was heard in the absence of the jury to determine what he could say before them. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two former Directors of Public Prosecutions, Eamonn Barnes and Jim Hamilton, considered the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Pl(...)

 Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts earlier this month. Photograph: Collins.

1991: English journalist, Ian Bailey moves to Ireland and settles in West Cork where he meets Welsh artist, Jules Thomas and sets up home with her an(...)

Ian Bailey arrives at the Four Courts on Monday March 30th, 2015. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“Not only did they tell me that he killed this woman but that he was into all sorts of weird things, that he would sit outside and howl at the moon. W(...)

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