Video: Hutch to pay half of State's legal costs; Vicky Phelan remembered

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Hutch appeal

Gerard Hutch will have to pay half of the State’s legal costs incurred in successfully defending against his and Jonathan Dowdall’s Supreme Court appeal over the lawfulness of their then-pending Special Criminal Court trials.

In a post-appeal ruling about legal costs, a five-judge court decided to award the State parties 50 per cent of their fees in circumstances where they did not seek costs against Dowdall (44) as he had legal aid.

In principle, the State was entitled to have all of its legal costs covered, as the two men lost their civil law attempt to prevent their criminal trials over the 2016 murder of Kinahan Cartel member David Byrne (33), which subsequently proceeded before the non-jury SCC.

Vicky Phelan tributes

Fellow healthcare activists and friends of the cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan have paid tribute to a “remarkable” woman who influenced healthcare in Ireland.

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Ms Phelan died in the early hours of Monday morning at the age of 48.

President Michael D Higgins said that people across Ireland would feel the “deepest sense of sadness” at her loss, while Taoiseach Micheál Martin called her a woman of “extraordinary courage, integrity, warmth and generosity of spirit”.

Friends who grew to know Ms Phelan during her tireless campaign to improve cervical cancer screening and healthcare disclosure when things go wrong noted the great loss.

Ukraine refugees

More than 62,000 Ukrainians have fled to Ireland since the start of the Russian invasion.

Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show that 62,425 PPS numbers have been issued up to the week ending November 6th under the Temporary Protection Directive.

Some 1,100 people travelled here from Ukraine in that week alone.

Almost 7,000 refugees are living in private accommodation and over 3,200 hosts are in receipt of the accommodation recognition payment.

Knife attack

A man in his 40s has been charged with two counts of assault causing harm to two staff members at the Briar Rose pub in Douglas Road in Cork city over the weekend.

David White with an address at Glencurrig, South Douglas Road in Cork city was charged in connection with a knife attack at the pub at a sitting of Cork District Court on Monday.

Det Garda Declan O'Dwyer gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

He told Judge Olan Kelleher that the 43-year-old made no reply when the charges were put to him yesterday. The facts of the case were not outlined in court.

Illegal landfill

The retired director of a waste management company has been found guilty of three counts relating to the operation of an illegal landfill site.

Tony Dean (70) of Woodhaven, Milltown, Dublin was found guilty by a jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Monday of offences contrary to the Waste Management Act, 1996.

He had pleaded not guilty to two charges that he, as then director of Nephin Trading Ltd, disposed of or undertook the recovery of waste at a facility in Kerdiffstown, Naas, Co Kildare otherwise than in accordance with the waste licence then in force, between October 2003 to September 2006 and, separately, between September 2006 and November 2008.

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