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(Pictured: Michael Flatley. Photo: Collins)

The internationally acclaimed dancer and performer Michael Flatley has settled a High Court damages claim he brought over alleged deficiencies in works done at his Castle Hyde property in Co Cork.

Mr Flatley’s action arose after a fire on the night of June 18, 2015 damaged the historic three-storey Castle Hyde House, which dates back to 1790 and is a protected structure located near Fermoy.

Mr Flatley, who has spent over €25m renovating the house since he bought it in 1999, claims the fire started in an electrical panel located a service compartment at the first-floor level in ….read more

A High Court appeal against an order directing the destruction of a Jack Russell terrier dog owned by an 85-year-old retired Garda has been formally withdrawn.

The destruction order was made arising out of an incident when the dog, who is called Kim and belongs to Mr Donal Rogers, bit Ms Breid Greene as she was walking the Strokestown Famine Trail on the afternoon of March 6th, 2022.

The incident occurred close to the entrance of Mr Rogers’ home at Bumlin, Strokestown, Co Roscommon.

In her evidence to the court, Ms Greene said that no warning or growl was given by the dog ….read more

Several parties accused of defrauding the well-known French actor, writer and film director Dany Boon out of millions of euro are to “fully oppose” the claims against them, the High Court has heard.

The defendants said they want the matter heard as soon as possible and added that as part of their defence, they will be raising the Belgium-based Mr Boon’s alleged difficulties with the French tax authorities.

Earlier this month lawyers representing Daniel or Dany Boon secured a temporary High Court freezing order preventing Thierry Fialek-Birles, aka Terry Birles, aka Thierry Waterford-Mandeville, along with several corporate entitles he allegedly ….read more

by Aodhan O’Faolain

The High Court has granted orders allowing the joint official liquidators to the Irish arm of scandal-hit German electronic payments provider Wirecard AG to return over €1.16m to telecommunication firms Orange and Vodafone.

The court also made separate orders allowing some €800,000 held by Wirecard’s Irish entity that originated from international finance company VISA and French telecommunications company Societe Francaise Du Radiotelephone-SFR SA, to be made available to the company’s creditors.

In 2020 Wirecard’s parent company became the subject of an investigation by the German authorities over an alleged fraud.

Wirecard AG (WAG) filed for insolvency, owing creditors ….read more

A development company has secured a High Court injunction over what it claims is the ‘large-scale’ illegal occupation by up to 40 caravans of lands ear-marked for a major housing project in Co Laois.

Mr Justice Brian O’Moore said on Wednesday that he was satisfied to grant an injunction in favour of the owner of the lands, Salzagold Limited, requiring a large number of persons to vacate the property at Graigcullen in Co Laois.

The company’s counsel, Stephen Byrne BL, said his client wants to develop the greenfield site into much-needed housing and other facilities for the nearby Carlow Town area.

However, ….read more

A qualified swimming instructor has agreed to abide by the terms of a High Court injunction restraining him from giving swimming lessons anywhere within a five-mile radius of his former employer’s premises until mid-October.

The injunction was granted by Mr Justice Conor Dignam in June in favour of Limerick-based Swim Max Limited, which is seeking to enforce the terms of a restrictive covenant it claims formed part of Ricardo Rojas’s contract of employment.

It was claimed that Mr Rojas, with an address in Limerick City, left the company in late April. Swim Max alleges that he breached the terms of ….read more

A company that claimed to offer gold and silver bullion to investors was actually a “Ponzi scheme” that defrauded its customers, the High Court has heard.

The company, Irish Gold and Silver Bullion Ltd (IGSB), with a registered address at The Crescent, Monkstown in South Co Dublin was wound-up last year and chartered accountant Myles Kirby was appointed as liquidator.

Arising out of a thorough investigation of the firm’s affairs, Mr Kirby has brought High Court proceedings against the firm’s director and sole shareholder Nicholas Wickham, who it is claimed recklessly got customers to put money into IGSB which Mr Kirby ….read more

(Pictured: Ms Tracey Tully. Photo: Collins)

The High Court has allowed the mother of murdered champion boxer Kevin Sheehy to bring a challenge aimed at preventing her son’s killer from being transferred from an Irish prison to one in the UK.

Tracey Tully argues that the decision by the Minister for Justice to allow the transfer amounts to a breach of her rights as a victim of crime. She also claims that the State is abdicating its responsibility on the parole status of life sentence prisoners by allowing transfers to UK prisons.

Ms Tully, whose 20-year-old son was killed at ….read more

(Pictured: Professor Thomas Regelski. Photo: Collins)

An internationally acclaimed music professor who claimed that a side-effect of treatment he received at an Irish hospital left him with severe mobility problems has settled his medical negligence action against the HSE.

Details of the settlement are confidential but in a statement made outside of court, Thomas Regelski (81) said the proceedings had been settled: “in a manner that allows me to avail of the care I need for the rest of my life.”

The claim, which was settled without an admission of liability, was brought by the retired music professor arising out of his treatment ….read more

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