High Court

(Pictured: Mr Justice Tony Hunt. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has ordered the extradition of a man wanted in respect of a double murder in Northern Ireland 12 years ago.

Gerard Lagan (35) originally from Belfast, with an address at Shamrock Grove, Dunleer, Co Louth, is facing charges in connection with the murders of Edward Burns and Joseph Jones in Belfast.

The men’s bodies were found hours apart in the city on the morning of March 12th, 2007.

Mr Burns, aged 36, from Ardoyne in north Belfast, was found shot in the head in a car park near a GAA club at ….read more

A trade union that represents Ryanair’s Irish-based pilots is seeking a High Court order preventing the airline from progressing its legal action against them.

Forsa, which is the parent union of IALPA, wants a stay on Ryanair’s action from going ahead until mediation talks over a dispute on pay and conditions are concluded.

Ryanair brought proceedings against the union and several named pilots including IALPA’s president, Mr Evan Cullen, over a planned 48-hour strike which had been scheduled to take place on August 22nd and 23rd last.

The industrial action did not proceed after Ryanair secured an injunction preventing the strike from ….read more

A company that provides engineering services to the Aughinish Alumina refinery in Co Limerick has brought High Court proceedings aimed at preventing proposed industrial action due to take place at the plant next week from proceeding.

The action has been brought by Murphy International Ltd (MIL) against the trade union Unite in respect of a proposed strike over worker’s pay and allowances, which is due to take place next Friday.

The court heard that 126 of the approximately 1,100 people working at the Aughinish refinery are employees of MIL as civil and mechanical operatives in the plant’s production operations.

Newbridge-based MIL, which ….read more

The High Court has reserved its decision in an application by a woman for approval of a Personal Insolvency Arrangement.

The application is by Ms Rebecca Forde Egan, from Ballymorris Portarlington, Co Laois, who has debts of approximately €600,000.

The proposed PIA would result in approximately €200,000 of that debt being written off.

Bank of Ireland, a secured creditor which is owed the bulk of the debt, opposes the approval of the arrangement on grounds including that it would be prejudiced by it.

The court heard that the bank advanced monies to Ms Egan and her husband Larry in 2006 to refurbish a commercial ….read more

Dozens of damages claims brought by Irish hauliers against Europe’s biggest truck manufacturers, who are alleged to have engaged in anti-competitive practices, will most likely be heard in 2020.

The claims arise out a determination by the European Commission in 2016 which found that five major truck manufacturers – MAN, Volvo Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF – broke EU antitrust laws.

The truck makers, the Commission found, had colluded for 14 years on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of compliance with stricter emission rules to their customers.

The commission’s investigators found the manufacturers had co-ordinated prices at a gross level ….read more

A community group has launched a High Court challenge aimed at overturning an Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant planning permission for a development at a South Co Dublin fishing harbour.

The action has been brought by Bullock Harbour Preservation Association over a decision by the planning authority to give the go-ahead for the development at Bullock Harbour, in Dalkey, Co Dublin.

The proposed development will consist of two apartments, three detached houses, a marine leisure centre, a cafe, changing rooms and a public square.

The site has been subject to planning applications to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council, which were refused. ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Senan Allen. Credit: Collins)

The Co Roscommon family whose farm was the centre of a controversial eviction last year have been given a month to vacate their home.

In his judgement on Friday, Mr Justice Senan Allen ruled that KBC bank was entitled to an injunction compelling siblings Michael Anthony, David and Geraldine McGann to vacate their family home at Falsk, near Strokestown in Co Roscommon, pending the final outcome of the dispute.

The judge said he was satisfied from the evidence that the defendants had no entitlement to be on the property.

He said the bank had obtained and executed ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Stephen Manning. Credit: Collins)

An attempt was made by a lay litigant to arrest a High Court Judge, a solicitor and a barrister at the Four Courts on Thursday.

Stephen Manning, a candidate in the 2016 general election, asked Mr Justice Michael MacGrath, as well as a solicitor for the DPP and a barrister to accompany him to a Garda Station, where he could effect a citizen’s arrest.

Mr Manning, with addresses in Co Mayo, was before the court regarding judicial review proceedings he had brought.

Earlier this year the court had granted Mr Manning permission to bring a ….read more

Clare County Council has won its High Court action against two members of the Irish Traveller Community over a site that the local authority has earmarked for new social housing units.

Mr Justice Senan Allen found that the Council was entitled to various orders against Bernard and Helen McDonagh in respect of lands at Ashline, Kilrush Road, Ennis, onto which the defendants moved their caravans in November 2017.

The orders include a permanent injunction preventing the defendants from trespassing on the site.

The judge, in his judgement, also dismissed a counterclaim brought by the McDonaghs who had argued that they were entitled to ….read more

High Court proceedings brought by residents who claim their homes have been damaged by construction work on the National Children’s Hospital in Dublin have recommenced.

In 2017 residents from the O’Reilly Avenue, Ceannt Fort and Mount Brown areas of Dublin 8 sued the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and BAM Civil Limited, the firm which is building the hospital.

The residents, who live close to St James Hospital in Dublin where the new €1bn children’s hospital is being constructed, claimed their homes have been damaged as a result of certain works being carried out by the defendants.

They had sought orders including an ….read more

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