High Court

by Simone Smith

A convicted killer who lived in Ireland under an alias for 15 years is facing the prospect of returning to the UK to continue serving his life sentence for murdering an elderly shopkeeper 47 years ago.

Roy Norman Kenyon (64) had been serving his sentence for the murder of Margaret Potts, an elderly shopkeeper who he beat to death with a poker in 1972 when he was a teenager.

Addressing Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly, Mr Ronan Kennedy BL, for the Minister for Justice & Equality, revealed how Mr Kenyon absconded while on licence from HMP Leyhill in 2003, ….read more

The Health Services Executive has secured a temporary High Court injunction against a man who has allegedly set up a misleading website that is confusingly similar to the HSE’s crisis pregnancy service ‘My Options’.

The temporary injunction was granted on Friday by Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds against Mr Eamonn Murphy, who the HSE claims has established a website passing off the service known as ‘My Options’.

Mr Murphy denies any wrongdoing and had opposed the granting of an injunction that would result in him having to suspend the website called www.myoptions.website.

The order prevents Mr Murphy, or anyone under his control from ….read more

(Pictured: Ms Ali Barker. Credit: Collins)

A High Court action brought by a south Dublin businesswoman against her former partner over an alleged entitlement to a share in a property business she claimed they built up together has been settled.

Ali Barker had sued businessman Mr Owen Owens, with an address at Rochfort, The Burnaby, Greystones, Co Wicklow, and a company founded by him, Dunbury Holdings.

Mr Owens disputed Ms Barker’s claims in respect of what he said was his business, and in a counterclaim, he sought orders requiring her to leave the house where she currently lives.

On Thursday, the High Court ….read more

High Court proceedings have been brought over the process used by the organisation that represents Irish racehorse owners to select its representative on the board of Horse Racing Ireland.

The action has been brought by businessman James Gough, who has been the nominee of the 2000-member strong Association of Irish Racehorse Owners (AIRO) to the board of HRI since 2015.

Mr Gough wants to be re-nominated to the board of HRI, which is Irish horse racing’s governing body.

However, he claims that AIRO’s Council has prevented his name being put forward to the membership.

He claims that another person’s name ….read more

The Health Services Executive has brought High Court proceedings against a man who has allegedly created a misleading website that is confusingly similar to the HSE’s crisis pregnancy service, ‘My Options’.

The HSE’s action is against Mr Eamon Murphy, who it claims has established a website passing off the service known as ‘My Options’.

The HSE claims that through the website called www.myoptions.website, Mr Murphy is inappropriately offering pregnancy scans, is trying to convince women not to go ahead with abortions, or berating those who have chosen to undergo a termination.

Late last year, the HSE secured the contract to run ….read more

A financial services company has secured a High Court injunction preventing EBS from terminating an agency agreement to operate three of the building society’s branches.

The injunction is to remain in place until the full dispute has been resolved.

The injunction was granted in favour of Betty Martin Financial Services Ltd, which under an agency agreement operates EBS branches in Athlone, Longford and Lucan, by Mr Justice John Jordan on Wednesday.

BMFS claimed the agreement, which it has operated for many years, was terminated over its refusal to engage in the alleged mis-selling of financial products to customers.

EBS denies ….read more

(Pictured: Ben Gilroy. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has ruled that the continued detention of anti-eviction activist Ben Gilroy in prison over his failure to complete an 80-hour community service order is lawful.

Mr Gilroy had brought an inquiry under Article 40 of the Constitution, claiming his detention at Dublin’s Mountjoy prison was unlawful and that he should be released.

In a ruling this morning, Mr Justice Max Barrett found against Mr Gilroy.

The judge told Mr Gilroy that he was “sorry” for “the predicament” the applicant found himself in.

However, the judge said that the court was “coerced as a matter of ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Maurice McCabe. Credit: Collins)

The State wants to mediate several damages actions brought against it by retired Garda Sergeant and whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

The High Court heard on Monday that the State is to write “an open letter” to Mr McCabe’s solicitors in an effort to see if several actions brought by him against parties, including the Garda Commissioner, can be resolved through mediation.

The mediation offer was mentioned when one set of proceedings brought by Mr McCabe against parties including the Garda Commissioner, the Minister for Justice, Ireland, the Attorney General and former Garda Commissioner Martin Callanan was mentioned ….read more

A woman and her former partner who re-occupied her former South Dublin residence are facing a legal bill of €60,000 after a High Court judge ruled they should pay the costs of injunction proceedings against them.

The pair, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were before the court after a house formerly owned by the man, where his former partner and their two teenage daughters had resided, was late last month re-entered, resulting in eight occupants being forced out.

Shawl Property Investments Ltd, which in September bought the house from a receiver appointed by a financial fund over ….read more

The HSE has consented to orders requiring it to complete an assessment of the health and educational needs of three siblings with suspected autism within eight weeks.

Late last year, the mother of the children brought High Court proceedings against the HSE seeking the orders.

It was claimed that an application to have the children’s needs assessed by the HSE was submitted in late March 2018. In each of the three brother’s cases, that process did not commence.

Their mother claimed that if her three sons do not get the appropriate resources to meet the needs of their suspected conditions, ….read more

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