Public Inquiry will be held into Abuse at Muckamore

Public Inquiry will be held into Abuse at Muckamore

Robin Swann, Health Minister has confirmed this afternoon at the Assembly that a public inquiry will now be held into events occurring at Muckamore Abbey Hospital. Claire McKeegan who acts for many of the patients and their family has welcomed the development. She noted that careful consideration now needs to be given to the terms of reference and personnel appointed to conduct such an important inquiry. Full story here ...
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Judge rules Executive Office acted unlawfully in delaying Troubles Pension

Judge rules Executive Office acted unlawfully in delaying Troubles Pension

Northern Ireland's Executive Office deliberately and unlawfully refused to advance a pensions scheme for victims of the Troubles, a High Court judge ruled today. Mr Justice McAlinden held that Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill is still not complying with a legal obligation to designate a Stormont department to oversee payments in a bid to force the British government into providing funding. With immediate action now expected before a final order is made in seven days, he expressed hope that the finding of illegality will set in motion a chain of events towards grant funding being provided. The determination came in legal challenges by two victims to the continued impasse around introducing the scheme with an estimated cost of £100 million. Our client, Brian Turley, one of the so-called 'Hooded Men' detained and subjected to special interrogation methods by the British military in the early 1970s was one of the judicial review applicants. Under new guidance anyone convicted of causing serious harm during the Troubles would be...
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Shortlisted: National Diversity Awards

Shortlisted: National Diversity Awards

A record breaking 64,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards, with an astonishing 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.  Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to  Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 26th February to witness the countries 2020 winners being crowned the best of UK diversity.  Amongst those being honoured are charities, campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways. Our Ciaran Moynagh, Partner is nominated for Positive Role Model for LGBT Community. He said "It really is a great honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award and it is a true testament to the work we do in Phoenix Law and the core values we have as a staff team. This shortlist is a recognition for everyone in the office and im humbled to lead on this issue." The full shortlist can be viewed here ...
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Petition calling for Public Inquiry into Muckamore  launched

Petition calling for Public Inquiry into Muckamore launched

Phoenix Law and clients are calling for a public inquiry into the systematic abuse that occurred at Muckamore Abbey Hospital. Claire McKeegan, Partner instructed by the families in a class action against the Trust said "patients and their families deserve answers and those responsible for such cruel and inhumane treatment must be held to account. Only a public inquiry will provide the level of scrutiny required to achieve transparency, justice and ensure such degrading and dangerous practice is never seen again." Please visit the Petition website and consider signing same. Click Here ...
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Institute of Directors Awards Nomination.

Institute of Directors Awards Nomination.

The 10th Institute of Directors Northern Ireland Director of the Year Awards have now been shortlisted celebrating over 40 directors from across multinational companies to local businesses. Our Ciaran Moynagh has been shortlisted for the 'Inclusivity Director' award alongside two others. Ciaran said "It is an honour to be shortlisted and recognised in such a category. Inclusivity and diversity in the workplace creates safe and happy workplaces ensuring difference is celebrated and productivity is maximised. This nomination demonstrates the efforts of all Team Phoenix, a unique team striving for equality in all areas of our work." The award ceremony will take place on 11 September 2020 at a socially distanced event in Belfast. ...
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Landmark Challenge: Humanist Marriage recognition in England & Wales.

Landmark Challenge: Humanist Marriage recognition in England & Wales.

Next week the High Court in London will hear a legal challenge brought by six couples looking to have legal recognition of humanist weddings. Ciaran Moynagh, Partner noted, "The time for asking to be accommodated is over. The courts are now the only appropriate and realistic method of moving this issue on. Following a successful case in Northern Ireland, momentum is on our side, and I believe couples who look forward to a legally recognised humanist ceremony should take great heart and hope from that." The legal challenge is being supported by Humanists UK. Andrew Copson, Chief Executive commented, "Couples who have humanist weddings see that day as the epitome of their love and commitment to each other, and all they want is the same legal recognition for that as is given to every religious person in our country." Full Story Here ...
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Public inquiry for Dalradian goldmine application

Public inquiry for Dalradian goldmine application

The Minister of the Department of Infrastructure has announced an independent public inquiry in respect of the controversial goldmine application made by Dalradian Gold Ltd. Darragh Mackin, Partner acts on behalf of local residents and said on foot of the announcement, "Today’s announcement is a welcome development which is long overdue. It is unquestionable that this application requires careful scrutiny in a transparent manner. However, the devil is in the detail. Any public inquiry needs to ensure that at its heart there is an equality of arms, and that the local community are afforded the same access and involvement as those who seek to advance this contentious application. As has already been established, there are real and immediate risks to the environment and to the local community’s human rights, which must be taken into consideration." Full Story Here ...
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Leave granted to challenge over Troubles pensions

Leave granted to challenge over Troubles pensions

Mr Justice McAlinden sitting at the High Court of Justice yesterday granted permission to challenge the impasse over pensions for victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Phoenix Law contends that the current impasse is, and remains, unlawful. Darragh Mackin, partner, welcomes the comments today by the Court that the issues at the heart of this case are exceptional and require urgent determination. Darragh added: “It is clear from both the underlying legislation in this case that both the Executive Office and the Secretary State have a role to play. Such obligations are unavoidable and require all steps to include the funding of the scheme in place." Full story here. ...
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