Aodhan O'Faolain


A UK businesswoman who says that she spent millions of euro on equine ventures in Ireland, including on a facility once connected to gangland criminal John Gilligan, claims that she is the victim of a fraud, the High Court has heard.

Caroline Teltsch, who ran a successful event management company, has brought High Court proceedings against her former business partner Mr James Buckley and Mr Buckley’s wife Paula.

In her action, Ms Teltsch seeks judgement of over €1m against the defendants arising out of their alleged refusal to repay loans she advanced to them.

She claims that they unjustly enriched themselves at ….read more

A deaf primary school student has brought a High Court challenge aimed at compelling the Minister for Education and the school he attends to provide him with full-time access to an Irish Sign Language teacher.

The action is being brought on behalf of a boy, who has been deaf since birth and whom the court heard requires to be taught by a qualified Irish Sign Language (ISL) teacher at the primary school he is a student at.

The applicant, who is suing through his father, cannot be identified by order of the court. The court heard that the boy’s parents are ….read more

Two teenage boys who are the subject of an investigation into the alleged rape of a teenage girl have brought High Court challenges aimed at securing access to Garda files on the incident.

The court heard that the two teenagers are being considered for a placement on the ‘Juvenile Diversion Programme’ if they make admissions and accept responsibility for the criminal behaviour alleged against them.

Lawyers acting for the teens say they have sought access to the files complied by Gardai investigating the matter. They want this material so that the teens and their families can be fully legally advised before they ….read more

A High Court challenge has been launched over the State’s refusal to hold a public investigation into Covid-19 related deaths in care homes.

The action has been brought in behalf of 19 individuals from all over Ireland who are challenging a decision by the Minister for Health on June 28 last not to establish a formal investigation into the circumstances of Covid 19 deaths in care homes in the State.

Most of the applicants had a relative who is recorded as having died from Covid-19 while in a care home in Ireland.
Some of the applicants have experienced what they claim are a ….read more

(File Picture: Mr Eoghan Harris. Photo: Collins)

Twitter and two journalists, who have taken defamation actions against the social media giant and Eoghan Harris, have been unable to agree on the wording of orders that would require the company to disclose information about certain Twitter account holders.

Reporters Allison Morris of the Belfast Telegraph and Aoife Moore of the Irish Examiner claim that the Twitter accounts in question have posted defamatory statements about them.

Arising out of those tweets they have brought High Court actions, including defamation proceedings against Twitter International Company and the former Sunday Independent columnist, Eoghan Harris.

In their ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Joe Costello. Photo: Collins)

RTE has asked the High Court to strike out a damages claim brought against it by Labour politician Joe Costello over its defence in a defamation action on the grounds that it is bound to fail.

The veteran politician’s action, which is against the national broadcaster as well as the State, arises out of RTE’s defence of a defamation action brought against it by Sinn Fein activist Nicky Kehoe over comments made on the Saturday with Claire Byrne radio broadcast in October, 2015.

In 2018 Mr Kehoe, who claimed he was defamed in the broadcast, ….read more

A County Monaghan Sherrif has brought a High Court challenge aimed at setting aside the Minister for Justice’s decision that he must retire when he turns 70 years of age next May.

Castleblayney-based Mr Seamus Mallon, who is a qualified solicitor, was appointed Sheriff under the 1945 Courts Officers Act in 1987.

The Act also stipulates that Sheriffs must retire from office once they reach 70 years of age.

Mr Mallon is a member of the Sheriffs Association, which last year made a formal submission to the Minister for Justice seeking to have the 1945 Act amended to extend the mandatory retirement age ….read more

(Pictured: Mr John Delaney. Photo: Collins)

A High Court judge has reserved judgement on whether hundreds of disputed documents seized from the FAI can be used as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the association.

The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and former FAI Ceo John Delaney are in dispute over whether some 1,120 documents relevant to him seized by the corporate watchdog are covered by Legal Professional Privilege (LPP).

The ODCE has asked the court to make orders allowing it to examine the disputed material, which was taken as part of a larger tranche of 283,000 documents ….read more

A High Court dispute over the use of the name ‘Limerick Whiskey’ on a brand of spirits has been resolved.

The action was brought by Mr Nicholas Ryan and the company he set up, Limerick Spirits Company Ltd, against Mssrs Anthony Foote, Liam McInerney and Michael Fitzgerald and a linked company called Limerick Distillery Company Ltd.

Mr Ryan and his company sought various orders including injunctions preventing the defendants from using the name ‘Limerick Whiskey’, which it was claimed they intended to do.

The plaintiffs had also sought orders restraining the defendants from using confidential information allegedly obtained from them, ….read more

Former Sinn Fein Councillor Jonathan Dowdall, who is accused of the Regency Hotel murder, has launched a High Court challenge against the jurisdiction of the non-jury Special Criminal Court to hear his trial.

Dowdall (43) is charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9, on February 5, 2016.

Last April the DPP certified that under the 1939 Offences Against the State Act, the accused’s trial should not proceed before an ordinary court and that Mr Dowdall should be tried before the non-jury Special Criminal Court (SCC).

Dowdall, with an address on The Navan ….read more

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