Ireland

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

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 […]

Court of Appeal: Convicted rapist who sexually assaulted girlfriend’s children has sentence reduced

Court of Appeal: Convicted rapist who sexually assaulted girlfriend’s children has sentence reduced

A man who was imprisoned for rape in 1995, and who went on to sexually assault the four daughters of a woman he entered into a relationship with after his release, has had his sentence of 12 years reduced to 9 on appeal. Mr Justice Hedigan found that the sentencing judge had erred in principle […]

High Court: Couple owing almost €1m to BOI criticised for attempted trial by telephone directory

High Court: Couple owing almost €1m to BOI criticised for attempted trial by telephone directory

The Bank of Ireland has been granted judgment of €970,000 outstanding for a mortgage loan granted to a couple in 2006. In a heavily critical judgment, Mr Justice Noonan emphasised that there was no tort of reckless lending, and found that the couple had no bona fide defence. Background In April 2006, ICS Building Society […]

Supreme Court: Man accused of fraud in the United States loses extradition challenge

Supreme Court: Man accused of fraud in the United States loses extradition challenge

A man alleged to have committed 51 offences of fraud in the United States has been unsuccessful in his challenge to an order for his extradition under s.15 of the Extradition Act 1965. The man contended that the State was prohibited from ordering his extradition in circumstances where his offences were regarded as being committed […]

Court of Appeal: Annual charge for second homes is not tax-deductible against rental income

Court of Appeal: Annual charge for second homes is not tax-deductible against rental income

The Revenue Commissioners have won an appeal against a decision of the High Court in which it had been found that an annual charge paid by a taxpayer on his rental properties was a rate “levied by a local authority” and therefore deductible against rental income. Delivering the judgment of the Court, Mr Justice Gerard […]

Supreme Court: Inheritance dispute arising from death of father in 1965 is dismissed

Supreme Court: Inheritance dispute arising from death of father in 1965 is dismissed

A man who sought to challenge issues of his inheritance by way of judicial review has had his appeal to the Supreme Court dismissed. Patrick Reen argued that the public house which had been established by his great-grandfather in 1860 should have been inherited by him in turn, like his father and grandfather – however […]

Supreme Court: Farmer awarded €300k plus interest for seizure of cattle in 2006

Supreme Court: Farmer awarded €300k plus interest for seizure of cattle in 2006

A farmer who bought an action against the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for breach of contract has been awarded €299,320 in the Supreme Court. The department had failed to return cattle which had been seized in March 2006, after an agreement with the farmer – and the original sum awarded by the High […]