June 18, 2021

Cameras on Waterford Courthouse for landmark ruling on high-profile murder case

The Supreme Court will sit at Waterford Courthouse for the first time tomorrow for a landmark ruling that will be shown live on TV.

Cameras have been invited into Waterford’s state-of-the-art Courthouse, which reopened in 2018 after a massive €26 million refurbishment, for the special sitting of the Supreme Court.

The country’s highest court will rule on a case involving convicted murderer Graham O’Dwyer that could have major implications for hundreds of investigations using mobile phone evidence.

Data gathered from mobile devices played a key role in Dwyer’s conviction in 2015 for the murder of Elaine O’Hara.

However, European courts said the mass retention of mobile data is a breach of human rights.

Dwyer’s appeal against his conviction is on hold pending tomorrow’s judgment.

The Dubliner has served more than four years in jail for the slaying of Elaine O’Hara (36), whose remains were discovered in the Wicklow Mountains in 2013.

During the murder trial, jurors heard how father-of-two Dwyer had a fetish for stabbing women during sex and knifed his victim to death.


Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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