Case archive



Court refuses to declare sections of Fire Arms Act unconstitutional

The High Court has refused to grant a declaration sought by an applicant who had challenged s.27C(4) of the Firearms Act 1964 as unconstitutional, due to its precluding his temporary release from prison in order to pursue a course of study.

26 November 2015

Environmental Impact Assessment required for peat and biomass power plant

The High Court has found that an environmental impact assessment is required into the environmental effects of extracting peat as a fuel source for a thermal power plant, before planning permission can be granted for the plant.

25 November 2015

Dunnes planning permission challenge an abuse of process

The High Court in Dublin has found that Dunnes Stores’ application for the judicial review of a retention permission granted by An Bord Pleanála amounted to an ‘abuse of process’, as the primary aim of the application was not to challenge the permission’s legality, but to secure an advantage in an ongoing contractual dispute between Dunnes, Deerland Construction Limited, and National Asset Loan Management Limited.

24 November 2015

Man not legal “father” under Guardianship of Infants Act

The Court of Appeal has found that the High Court incorrectly granted itself jurisdiction under the Guardianship of Infants Act 1964 when ordering a father to make additional payments to the mother of his children to cover her legal fees in an ongoing legal dispute over the maintenance of their children.

23 November 2015

Donegal dangerous driving sentence “unduly lenient”

The Court of Appeal has found that the initial sentence given to a Donegal man in respect of the most serious incident of dangerous driving in Ireland’s history was “unduly lenient”.

19 November 2015

Authorisation of ‘drink driving’ checkpoints at multiple locations held legal

The High Court has ruled that the establishment of fourteen drink driving checkpoints was valid, following a challenge from an individual charged with drink driving.

18 November 2015

Wicklow County Council ordered to disclose documentation in legal battle with Sinn Féin politician

The High Court has ordered the disclosure of a number of documents relating to an ongoing dispute between a Sinn Féin councillor, his wife and a county council.

17 November 2015

Lack of CCTV footage does not render trial unfair

The Director of Public Prosecutions has won an appeal to proceed with the trial of Valeriu Sirbu, despite the loss of CCTV footage showing Sirbu committing the alleged crime, and despite the fact that the prosecution case now lies entirely on the statements of those who saw the CCTV footage.

16 November 2015

Transfer of family farm from father to son not done under duress

The High Court has found the transfer of a family farm from a late father to his now-deceased son was not committed under duress or undue influence.

13 November 2015

German courts violated man's right to be presumed innocent

A man who complained German courts violated his article 6 right to be presumed innocent after they revoked the suspension of a sentence previously imposed on him has won his appeal at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

13 November 2015

IDA acted ultra vires in compulsory land purchase, Supreme Court finds

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an Irish farmer who objected to the compulsory purchase of his land by the Industrial Development Agency (IDA).

12 November 2015

Taxi drivers lose High Court challenge against liberalisation of licensing regulations

Three men who sued local authorities and a minister on the basis that the value of their taxi plates was damaged when the taxi sector was deregulated in 2000 have had their claims dismissed and have been refused damages by a judge in the High Court.

11 November 2015

Murderer loses appeal against conviction, life imprisonment upheld

A man found guilty of murdering Dubliner David White by repeated stabbing has lost his appeal against the Central Criminal Court’s 2013 conviction and life sentence.

10 November 2015

Women's cases against Commissioner of An Garda Síochána and others will proceed, Supreme Court judges rule

The cases of two women concerning claims of negligence with regards to the way in which alleged rapes perpetrated against them were investigated and prosecuted will proceed, the Supreme Court has ruled.

9 November 2015

Man whose IRA membership was admitted in evidence at trial fails in Supreme Court appeal

A man who challenged the admission in evidence of material that revealed his membership of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and meant he was convicted of being a member of a proscribed organisation has failed in his appeal to the UK Supreme Court that the material should have been excluded at trial.

26 October 2015