Ireland

The latest news in the legal profession in the Republic of Ireland

High Court: National school in enrolment policy row granted application for judicial review

High Court: National school in enrolment policy row granted application for judicial review

The Board of Management of a National School in Dublin has been granted orders of certiorari quashing decisions which effectively directed the school to enrol a child in an oversubscribed class. Stating that this was “manifestly unfair” to the other unsuccessful pupils, Mr Justice Coffey agreed that there was no effective policy for dealing with […]

High Court: Dunnes Stores ordered to pay over €15m in settlement dispute

High Court: Dunnes Stores ordered to pay over €15m in settlement dispute

Receivers appointed to a development company that had agreed with Dunnes Stores that it would be the “anchor” store in a Dublin development have successfully argued that they complied with the requirements of an agreement which obliged Dunnes to pay over €15 million plus interest. Criticising Dunnes for overstating the requirements of the disputed agreement, […]

High Court: Shatter successfully appeals decision regarding Prime Time comments

High Court: Shatter successfully appeals decision regarding Prime Time comments

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter has been successful in appealing the decision of the Data Protection Commissioner, who found that the former TD had breached the Data Protection Acts when he alleged that Mick Wallace TD had dodged penalty points for using his phone while driving. Mr Justice Meenan found that the Commissioner had not […]

High Court: Perpetual injunction against disaffected former Scientologist is lifted

High Court: Perpetual injunction against disaffected former Scientologist is lifted

A “disaffected” former member of the Church of Scientology has successfully had a perpetual injunction against him dissolved in the High Court. Considering Szabo, Justice Noonan held that the man’s behaviour did not amount to a substantial risk – and that in any event, the plaintiff was not entitled to such equitable relief where she […]

High Court: Man who alleged his father ‘robbed’ his compensation told ‘blatant and brazen lies’

High Court: Man who alleged his father ‘robbed’ his compensation told ‘blatant and brazen lies’

A man who argued that he was the true owner of premises his father had mortgaged, and over which the bank had appointed a receiver, has lost his application to the High Court for possession. Finding that the plaintiff had perjured himself in claiming that he had paid his father for an ownership interest in […]

High Court: UK must provide further details on conditions in Maghaberry before man is surrendered

High Court: UK must provide further details on conditions in Maghaberry before man is surrendered

A man arrested in Ireland on foot of two European Arrest Warrants has successfully objected to his surrender to the UK, due to the risk of him being subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment in Maghaberry Prison. Directing the Minister for Justice and Equality to seek further information regarding the treatment of vulnerable prisoners in […]

High Court: Investment fund awarded €8m against former AIB bankers who invested in property

High Court: Investment fund awarded €8m against former AIB bankers who invested in property

An investment fund which bought billions of euros worth of property loans in the State has been granted a summary judgment against former AIB bankers in “highly unusual circumstances” which involved the recusal of Mr Justice Max Barrett ex post facto due to his involvement with IBRC. Agreeing with the findings made by Justice Barrett […]

High Court: Apple Data Centre objectors are refused leave to appeal decision on planning permission

High Court: Apple Data Centre objectors are refused leave to appeal decision on planning permission

Two objectors who unsuccessfully applied to the High Court for judicial review of the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for an Apple Data Centre in Athenry, have been refused leave to appeal. Rejecting all proposed points, Mr Justice McDermott held that the applicants sought to reargue points already considered. Application for […]

High Court judge seeks further information on conditions in a Northern Ireland prison

High Court judge seeks further information on conditions in a Northern Ireland prison

A judge of the High Court in Dublin is seeking further information on the conditions in a Northern Ireland prison before deciding whether to extradite a Belfast man wanted there in connection with the murder of a mother-of-three. Raymond O’Neill is facing charges of murder and arson over the death of Jennifer Dornan, 30, who was […]

High Court: Solicitor found guilty of misconduct loses appeal against Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

High Court: Solicitor found guilty of misconduct loses appeal against Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) and the Law Society of Ireland successfully raised preliminary objections as to jurisdiction in respect of issues sought to be litigated by a solicitor as part of his appeal from a finding of misconduct by the SDT. Dismissing the solicitor’s appeal, Mr Justice Kelly, President of the High Court agreed […]