High Court

A Donegal man, whose trial over the 1982 Hyde Park bombing collapsed and who is facing charges in relation to in relation to the killing of two Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers in Enniskillen in 1972, has been granted bail by the High Court pending an extradition hearing.

Northern Irish authorities are seeking the surrender of John Downey (66) to face prosecution for the murder of two British Army Infantrymen as well as aiding and abetting the causing of an explosion on August 25, 1972.

Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames were killed when a device exploded in ….read more

An asylum seeker who became pregnant following a relationship with a security guard at a direct provision centre has resolved a High Court action over a refusal by the Registrar General to register the boy with his father’s surname on the child’s birth certificate.

The father had refused to consent to the boy, who was born in 2016, being registered using his surname.

The African woman, who has been in Ireland since 2014 having fled her native country in 2010, attempted to register the boy at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. She was informed by that office ….read more

A High Court dispute between two craft beer firms is to go to mediation.

Whiplash Beer Limited has 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, which is owned by the defendant.

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

Whiplash claims that Mr Lawes, an award-winning brewer, needs access to the premises and ….read more

A Garda has brought a High Court action aimed at compelling internet giants Google to take down a Youtube video with a commentary which he claims is false, malicious and is defamatory of him.

The Garda, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, says he features in a Youtube video, more than 3 minutes long, which was taken at a public order incident in 2016 when he and other members affect an arrest.

He says in the commentary on the video he is wrongly accused of kicking a minor in the head. The audio on the clip not match and does ….read more

(File Picture: Former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Credit: Collins)

The High Court has dismissed an application by former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan for an order allowing her to bring a defamation action against the Irish Examiner newspaper.

Ms O’Sullivan, who served as Commissioner between 2014 and 2017, had claimed she was defamed by the Cork-based Irish Examiner newspaper in an article that appeared on the front page of the publication on October 4th 2016.

The newspaper denied the article was defamatory.

In September, Ms O’Sullivan applied to the High Court for an order permitting her to extend the time legally allowed to bring defamation ….read more

A High Court judge has indicated that she will make an order next month to extradite a Cork-born man to the Netherlands in connection with an alleged roof-repair scam.

Denis Harrington (42), formerly of Ballyspillane, Killlarney, Co Kerry is wanted in the Netherlands for seven alleged offences of fraud or attempted fraud between 2014 and 2015 whereby “several, mainly senior, people were approached by a group of Irish Travellers. The people were caught off guard with the message that necessary work had to be done on the roofs of their houses.”

“Before they knew and before strict deals had been concluded, the ….read more

A man, whose trial over the 1982 Hyde Park bombing collapsed and who is facing charges in relation to the killing of two Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldiers in Enniskillen in 1972, has been brought before the High Court on an extradition warrant.

Northern Irish authorities are seeking the surrender of John Downey (66) to face charges in relation to the 1972 bombing in Enniskillen which killed two British Army Infantrymen. Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames were killed when a device exploded in a vehicle they were checking on the Irvinestown Road, Cherrymount, in 1972.

Mr Downey was ….read more

An engineer and businessman has brought a High Court challenge against a financial fund’s appointment of a receiver over lands in Co Waterford.

The action has been brought by Mr Patrick Wheelock, who claims that Mr Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton has been unlawfully and invalidly appointed as receiver by Promontoria (Arrow) Ltd over his lands at Monvoy, Co Waterford in early October.

This is because Mr Wheelock claims that his signatures on deeds of mortgage, which purport to charge his interest in the lands in favour of the now defunct Anglo Irish Bank over the lands, are forgeries and ….read more

The High Court has ordered the surrender of a man who claimed he would be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment in Northern Ireland’s Maghaberry Prison if extradited to face a murder charge.

The man, whom the court ordered cannot be named, is wanted to face a charge of murdering 30-year-old Jennifer Dornan, who was found stabbed to death in her burning house in Hazel View in the Lagmore area of west Belfast in August 2015.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said earlier hearings had focused on Britain’s exit from the EU but in the light of a judgement by the Court of ….read more

The High Court has ruled that a financial fund is entitled to summary judgement of €1.32m against a Dublin businessman.

Mr Justice Seamus Noonan on Friday ruled that Launceston Property Finance Designated Activity Company was entitled to summary judgement against Mr John Walls, a businessman of Coney Hill, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

The judge said that Mr Walls had failed to establish he had a fair or reasonable probability of raising a bona fide defence to the claim.

In this case, the judge said: “it is clear to me that Mr Walls has no defence.”

In 2014, Launceston acquired a portfolio of loans ….read more

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