Case archive



Negligence claim against the Minister for Defence fails due to inordinate delay

A man has lost his appeal against the High Court’s dismissal of his negligence claim against the Minister for Defence, after the Supreme Court reaffirmed the High Court’s position that there had been inordinate and inexcusable delay.

19 February 2016

High Court refuses to order costs in favour of Ryanair in discovery-related application

The High Court has declined to make an order finding that an airline should be awarded costs for a discovery-related application that had been rendered moot by circumstance, and which would potentially result in the State being liable to it for a substantial sum.

18 February 2016

Minister for Social Protection breached constitutional justice by failing to consider all evidence of a child’s disability

The High Court has found that the Minister for Social Protection erred in law and breached fair procedures, natural and constitutional justice, by failing to properly consider all of the evidence furnished by the applicant that her child was a “qualified child” under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005, and therefore entitled to domiciliary care allowance.

17 February 2016

UK: Company’s VAT repayment from HMRC liable to corporation tax Supreme Court rules

The UK Supreme Court has ruled a company’s VAT repayments, made after it overpaid VAT, are liable to corporation tax.

17 February 2016

Supreme Court reaffirms courts should issue bench warrant if considering substantial prison sentences

The Supreme Court has upheld a decision of the High Court, in which it found that a trial could proceed on proof of due notice to the person accused of the offence, but that if a judge was considering a substantial prison term as punishment on conviction that a bench warrant should be issued to compel the defendant to be present before sentencing took place.

15 February 2016

Landlord ordered to pay tenant €40,615 in damages after ceiling collapses

A woman has been awarded €40,615 in damages after a portion of the ceiling in her rented accommodation in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, fell on her head and back.

12 February 2016

Man loses challenge against dismissal from Permanent Defence Forces after failing random drug test

A man has failed in his attempt to have his dismissal from the Permanent Defence Forces (PFD) quashed.

11 February 2016

Supreme Court orders all votes in Listowel local elections to be “counted afresh”

The Supreme Court has ordered for the votes in the May 2014 local election in Listowel, Kerry to be counted afresh, following a challenge to the result by an unsuccessful candidate.

10 February 2016

High Court refuses to dismiss Chief Constable’s defence in Loughgall shooting civil case

The Northern Ireland High Court of Justice has refused an application by the representative of a man shot by soldiers in 1987 relating to a delay in the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)’s disclosure of documents in a separate civil case.

9 February 2016

NI: Ulster Unionist Party politician awarded £48,750 for defamatory tweet by Sinn Féin politician

The Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone has been awarded £48,750.00 after a Sinn Féin politician posted a defamatory statement about him on Twitter in May 2014.

5 February 2016

Man fails in attempt to seek judicial review of harassment appeal verdict

The High Court has refused an application from a man who sought an order of certiorarior declaration in relation to an order made following an appeal against his conviction for harassing his ex-wife.

4 February 2016

Woman imprisoned for failure to surrender repossessed home found to be legally detained

A woman has been found to have been legally detained under a motion for attachment and committal issued for her failure to comply with an order for possession over her family home.

3 February 2016

Man fails to show bank should have informed him of fellow customer’s financial difficulties

A man has lost an appeal against a court order which struck out his claims against a bank and two statutory receivers appointed over property to which he claimed to have an entitlement to possess.

2 February 2016

Ex-farmer loses appeal, ending 29 year legal battle over bovine tuberculosis compensation

An ex-farmer who subsequently trained as a barrister has lost his appeal to amend his Statement of Claim in a case concerning the Bovine Tuberculosis (Attestation of the State and General Provisions) Order 1978 (S.I. 256/78) and his alleged right to compensation for the loss of cows which had tested positively for bovine tuberculosis.

1 February 2016