High Court

A management company representing hundreds of Dublin apartment residents has brought a High Court action over claims that they are to be prevented from direct access to a hotel in the development.

Beacon One Management Company Ltd has brought the case against Beacon Leisure Investments Ltd, which operates the Beacon Hotel in Sandyford Business Park, in Dublin.

Beacon One manages some 70 apartments which are in the same unit as, but are separate entities to, the hotel.

On Tuesday Robert Beatty SC, with Stephen O Connor Bl, for the management company, said the residents were able to gain access to the ….read more

The High Court has made a permanent order that a Dublin property, which was described by fire safety officers as being “a tinderbox” where up to 20 squatters have been residing, cannot be used for multi-occupancy units.

The orders were made in respect of a property at 414 North Circular Road, Dublin 7, over which Dublin City Council had raised serious fire safety concerns.

Last week, DCC secured temporary orders directing that persons living at the house immediately vacate the premises.

DCC estimated that between 15 and 20 foreign nationals had been squatting in the building.

The property, which DCC’s fire ….read more

(Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has ordered the surrender of a Polish man to face trial in his native country despite finding “generalised and systemic” violations to the independence of Poland’s judiciary.

Polish authorities had sought the surrender of Artur Celmer (31), who is wanted to face trial in his native Poland on drugs trafficking charges. He was arrested in Ireland on foot of a European Arrest Warrant last year and his lawyers had opposed their client’s surrender over “radical changes” to the Polish justice system, which has put the country at odds with the European Union ….read more

A High Court dispute between two craft beer-brewing firms has been settled.

Whiplash Beer Limited had brought proceedings against The Dublin Lager Company Limited, trading as Larkins Brewing Company.

The two companies operate out of a shared facility at Renmore Business Park, Kilcoole Co Wicklow, a facility which is owned by the defendant.

Last month Whiplash secured a temporary injunction against the Dublin Lager Company, claiming that the defendant company had prevented one of Whiplash’s owners and directors, Mr Alex Laws, from entering the premises.

It claimed that Mr Lawes, an award-winning brewer, needed access to the premises and that ….read more

A High Court challenge has been brought against a policy which prevents undocumented persons from applying for or having their driving licences renewed.

The action has been brought by a Chinese national who has been living in Ireland for more than 18 years. He originally came to Ireland on a student visa, which expired some time ago.

He had held a valid drivers licence from 2008, but when he went to renew his licence in advance of its expiration in August his application was refused by the National Drivers Licence Service because he was not able to prove his ‘residency ….read more

The High Court has ordered that a Dublin property, described as being “a tinderbox” where up to 20 people are believed to be squatting, cannot be used for residential purposes.

On Thursday afternoon, Mr Justice Seamus Noonan granted Dublin City Council orders directing that persons living at 414 North Circular Road, Dublin 7 must immediately vacate the premise due to fire safety concerns.

The property, which DCC fire safety officers say represents a risk to life if a fire broke out, is a mid terrace three storey building, with three bedrooms on the first floor and two rooms on ….read more

A company has launched a High Court action aimed at preventing a hotel in Co Leitrim, which it claims it is entitled to purchase, from being used to house refugees.

The action has been brought by Paradub Limited, which wants to develop the Shannon Key West Hotel at Rooskey on the Leitrim/Roscommon border into a tourist hotel, against businessman James Kiernan, who owns the 39-room property.

The company claims it has an agreement to buy the hotel, which closed in 2011, from Mr Kiernan, that they allege he has failed to complete.

In recent days, the company discovered from local media ….read more

A High Court judge has expressed his surprise that a dispute, arising over the purported expulsions from school of two students who posted videos on social media of another pupil snorting a white powder substance during class, has not gone to mediation.

The remark was made by Mr Justice Seamus Noonan, who said while the school “may or may not be within its rights” to expel the students it seemed “extremely harsh” to put the students out of school “in their Leaving Cert year.”

The incident occurred during the course of a lesson, unknown to the teacher who was present. ….read more

A German film company has claimed that two well-known Irish film producers diverted between €40m and €50m of funds out of a film production company to either themselves personally or corporate entities controlled by them.

The claim is made by Berlin-based W2 Filmproduktion Vertriebs GmbH against producers Morgan O’Sullivan and James Flynn, whom it is alleged diverted the funds out of Octagon Films Ltd, a company they are all shareholders in.

Both men deny the allegations.

W2 is taking proceedings against the producers on behalf of Octagon by way of a derivative action, which is a claim brought by a shareholder ….read more

Two teenage boys have launched High Court challenges against their expulsions from school after they posting videos on social media of another pupil snorting a white powder substance during class.

Details of the incident, which the court heard involved the snorting of sugar, were published in an Irish daily newspaper, the High Court heard.

Last month the students, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were informed that the secondary school’s board of management had decided they should be excluded from the school they attend.

The board, which is due to formalise its decision later this month, found the students had ….read more

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