Criminal law



Court of Appeal reserves judgment to consider whether alcoholism can diminish responsibility for murder

The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in an appeal based on the "unusual" argument that a dependency on alcohol can diminish a person's responsibility for murder such that juries should be allowed to find them guilty of manslaughter.

Published 26 July 2019

Teenagers who killed Ana Kriégel become youngest convicted murderers in Ireland

Two 14-year-old boys have become the youngest convicted murderers in the history of the State after being found guilty of the murder of 14-year-old Ana Kriégel.

Published 19 June 2019

Last in set of six EU directives on rights during criminal proceedings enters force

The last in a set of six EU directives providing guarantees during criminal proceedings across all member states has come into force.

Published 12 June 2019

Leading criminal barrister warns Ireland faces court action over EU directive

A leading criminal barrister has warned that Ireland could face a legal challenge over its implementation of an EU Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings.

Published 4 June 2019

Supreme Court: Offence of failing to disclose information not incompatible with the Constitution

The Supreme Court has overturned a decision of the High Court which declared that section 9(1)(b) of the Offences Against the State (Amendment) Act 1998 offended the constitutional right to remain silent.

Published 29 May 2019

Supreme Court: Mandatory minimum sentence for possession of firearms repugnant to the Constitution

A man who was given a five-year custodial sentence for possession of a firearm has been granted a declaration that s.27A(8) of the Firearms Act 1964, which imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, is repugnant to the Constitution.

Published 16 May 2019

Supreme Court: Man serving seven years for manslaughter loses appeal against sentence

A man who was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment has lost an appeal against the severity of his sentence.

Published 12 April 2019

Maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder to be increased to life under private member's bill

The maximum sentence for conspiracy to murder could be increased from 10 years to life imprisonment under a private member's bill backed by Fianna Fáil.

Published 8 April 2019

Rapist jailed for further 20 months after threatening garda in court

A rapist who followed a garda around a courtroom, shouting that he hoped she would "get run over by a bus", has been sentenced to an additional 20 months in prison.

Published 5 April 2019

Court of Appeal: Man sentenced to five years for conspiracy to import and possession of cocaine loses appeal against conviction

A man who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for conspiracy to import and possession with intent to supply cocaine has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 4 April 2019

Court of Appeal: Man who refused to comply with licence conditions loses appeal against recall to custody

A man who was recalled to prison when he ignored G4S staff who arrived at his home to fit electronic monitoring equipment on the night of his release has lost an appeal against his recall.

Published 2 April 2019

Lawyers for man charged with assault argue for dismissal following Supreme Court ruling

Lawyers for a man charged with assault have argued that the case should be thrown out because the prosecution could not prove the alleged injured party did not consent to the incident.

Published 22 March 2019

Craigavon Crown Court: Man who killed father’s partner on Christmas Day must serve 17 years before being considered for release

A man who killed his dad’s partner on Christmas Day 2017 has been sentenced to a minimum period of 17 years before he can be considered for release by the Parole Commissioners.

Published 19 March 2019

Court of Appeal: Unduly lenient sentence for attempted murder increased to 11 years

A man who pleaded guilty shortly before trial to offences of attempted murder, criminal damage, and resisting police, has had his sentence for attempted murder increased after the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal agreed with the Director of Public Prosecutions that the initial sentence was unduly lenient.

Published 12 March 2019

Belfast Crown Court: Dissident republican sentenced to 25 years for attempted murder of police officers

A dissident republican who was caught planting a bomb under a police officer’s car in 2015 has been sentenced to 25 years for the attempted murder of two police officers, together with a concurrent sentence of 20 years for possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

Published 11 March 2019