Case archive



Court of Appeal: Bail granted for murder charged despite the alleged intimidation of key witnesses

The Court of Appeal has overturned a determination by the High Court, and granted bail to a Kilkenny man facing trial for the murder of a woman in 1987. Bail had been initially refused in the High Court amid fears that the accused would intimidate a witness to whom he had previously confessed the murder, with the same witness giving evidence that he had already been subject to threatening behaviour from the appellant and his family.

17 August 2016

High Court: Courts are not a playground for litigants to amuse themselves at will

Amongst a series of superfluous actions brought by two individuals against the State’s tenancies tribunal, the High Court held that the judicial review proceedings were duplicitous, and ordered that the Court should consider limiting the applicants from engaging in future frivolous applications.

16 August 2016

Court of Appeal: Master of a sea fishing vessel fails in bid to overturn €105,000 fine for breaching EU regulations

In Letterkenny Criminal Court, the Master of a sea fishing vessel was found guilty on three counts of breaching EU regulations, and was fined €105,000. In dismissing the appeal, the Court of Appeal rejected the Master’s challenge to the three counts found against him, stating that the trial judge had been fair and reasonable.

15 August 2016

Supreme Court: Equality Tribunal has jurisdiction to investigate historical evidence in discrimination case brought by retired teacher

The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by County Louth Vocational Education Committee regarding proceedings before the Equality Tribunal concerning an allegation of discrimination on grounds of gender and sexual orientation made by a retired teacher against his former employer, County Louth Vocational Education Committee (VEC).

12 August 2016

High Court: Mareva injunction granted in case of fraudulent conduct by project manager

In the High Court, Mr Justice David Keane has allowed two property companies and their controlling director, to succeed in an interlocutory application for a Mareva injunction – thereby restraining a former employee from "removing from Ireland, disposing of, dealing with or diminishing the value of her assets" in a case of wrongly appropriated funds through fraudulent conduct.

11 August 2016

Tribunal’s procedural unfairness highlighted need for training of judiciary in the needs of the disabled

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has allowed an appeal from the decision of an Industrial Tribunal (IT) which dismissed the claim of a Slovakian national with Asperger’s Syndrome for unlawful racial discrimination, unlawful disability discrimination, victimisation, harassment on grounds of his disability and race, detriment, and unfair dismissal.

10 August 2016

UKSC refers question on marriage status of transgender persons to Luxembourg

The UK Supreme Court has referred the question of whether a Directive on equal gender treatment as regards social security precludes the imposition in national law of a requirement that, in addition to satisfying the physical, social and psychological criteria for recognising a change of gender, a person who has changed gender must also be unmarried in order to qualify for a state retirement pension to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

10 August 2016

High Court: Limited company out of time to review a decision of An Bord Pleanála

A limited company, the Irish Skydiving Club Ltd (hereafter ISC) sought judicial review of the decision of An Bord Pleanála that the use by the ISC of Kilkenny Airfield for sponsored parachute jumping was a development and not an exempted development.

9 August 2016

Court of Appeal: Circuit Court had no jurisdiction in possession proceedings

The Court of Appeal has found that the Circuit Court does not have jurisdiction in possession proceedings not otherwise falling within the exceptions created by the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Acts of 2009 and 2013, and must therefore be commenced in the High Court rather than the Circuit Court.

8 August 2016

High Court: Irish family fails to make case against company providing structural defect warranty

Justice Baker in the High Court exercised inherent jurisdiction to strike out the claim seeking damages for personal injuries arising from the damp condition of a house that was purchased under a warranty provided by limited company, HomeBond.

5 August 2016

Supreme Court dismisses adverse possession case brought against the State’s public transport corporation

A man claimed to have been in possession of a 3-acre field beside Clondalkin Railway Station from 1977 to 2007, however the Supreme Court held that use of the land was both sporadic and lacking in exclusivity, and that repairs carried out by the State corporation amounted to assertion of the original title.

4 August 2016

UKSC: Damages claims for victims of motor accidents caused by uninsured drivers determined by law of state in which accident occurred

Damages claims against motor insurance bureaus should be determined according to the law of the state in which the accident occurred, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

4 August 2016

England: Charity successfully challenges NHS decision not to consider preventative treatment for HIV and AIDS

The High Court held that NHS England erred in law by refusing to consider the funding of an anti-retroviral drug that would ultimately save the health service money by reducing the occurrence of HIV and AIDS by upwards of seventy-five per cent.

3 August 2016

Court of Appeal: Internet Service Providers must assist in identifying copyright infringers

ry orders in relation to future proceedings.

2 August 2016

Court of Appeal: O'Donnells have the right to challenge Gorse Hill injunction

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Mrs Mary O’Donnell, wife of retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell, is entitled to challenge an injunction that prevents trespassing on or interfering with the Official Assignee’s right to dispose of their property – a substantial house at Gorse Hill, Killiney, Co Dublin.

29 July 2016