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Supreme Court, DPP v Barry Doyle, [2017] IESC 1

January 2017 - Ireland

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Mr Barry Doyle was convicted of this murder on the basis of a confession he made while in garda custody in February 2009. The circumstances of the confession, in particular a concern as to inducements, and the fact that he did not have a lawyer present during the interview in which he made the admission, formed the grounds of this appeal. I will focus here solely on the issue of whether there is a right of presence of a lawyer. The Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional right to reasonable access to a lawyer does not extend to a right to have a solicitor present during Garda interviews.

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