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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Legal action commenced to force independent probe into killings

Legal action commenced to force independent probe into killings

Relatives of four men killed in a loyalist gun attack in Co Tyrone, believed to have involved collusion, have launched legal action to force an independent investigation. Republicans Malcolm Nugent (20), Dwayne O’Donnell (17) and John Quinn (23) were shot dead along with civilian Thomas Armstrong (52) at Boyle’s Bar in Cappagh on March 3, 1991. Three members of UDR were arrested and questioned about the attack, which was later claimed by the UVF. New information about the gun attack was revealed in a draft Historical Enquiries Team (HET) given to families by the PSNI earlier this year. Full story here. ...
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School Transfer Test proceeds to full hearing.

School Transfer Test proceeds to full hearing.

The High Court of Justice granted leave in the judicial review case challenging the delay of the transfer test in Northern Ireland this year. After the hearing our clients mother said, "By the Court granting leave acknowledges all the concerns parents have been raising for weeks now.  I have felt helpless and my daughter’s emotional wellbeing is suffering. I am encouraged and relieved by todays positive outcome as I know that this test will have significant consequence on my daughters future and life potential. Like every other parent, I simply want what is best for my daughter and this test occurring in November certainly is not that." Ciaran Moynagh commented, "It is certainly in the public interest to have the action or inaction of all transfer test organisers scrutinised. We must remember at the heart of this are many 10 – 11-year-old children that are extremely anxious about what is expected of them in these uncertain times. The Court has indicated that the...
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Black Lives Matter – Fines & Prosecutions.

Black Lives Matter – Fines & Prosecutions.

At recent rallies in Custom House Square, Belfast and Guildhall Hall Square, Derry in support and solidarity for Black Lives Matters the Police Service of Northern Ireland issued 60+ fines to those attending. They further have informed those considered organisers that files will be passed to the Public Prosecution service for consideration of prosecution. Phoenix Law have now been instructed by the majority of those individuals who received fines as well as the organisers to challenge the actions of the Police. Urgent pre action correspondence has issued. Ciaran Moynagh said "Northern Ireland should be hearing the voices and words of the brave people who spoke at the rally’s in Belfast and Derry. Instead we are hearing about people being fined for exercising their rights in what was a responsible manner." Darragh Mackin said "the PSNI erred in law by misconstruing the Regulations. Attending a protest is not, in and of itself, an offence and the socially distanced day of solidarity was not unlawful." Sinead...
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EasyJet Data Breach Compensation – Join the Class Action

EasyJet Data Breach Compensation – Join the Class Action

Darragh Mackin has initiated a group action at the High Court in Belfast for alleged violation of privacy rights following the sophisticated cyber attack against EasyJet. Many NI individuals received an email from EasyJet on Thursday 21st May 2020 informing them that their personal data had been compromised and a smaller group were further notified that their debit/credit card details had also been exposed. Darragh Mackin told the Belfast Telegraph, "it is a mammoth data breach, and a gross failure of responsibility that has undoubtedly had a serious impact on our clients who have suffered considerable distress as a result." If you received any email confirming that your personal information was exposed and you wish to join the class action you should contact us by email at EasyJetClaims@phoenix-law.org If you have been affected and use the log in credentials on other platforms that would be the same as your easyJet credentials, we strongly advise that you immediately change them to minimise further risk...
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Privacy & Data breach by Interim Advocate for Victims & Survivors of HIA

Privacy & Data breach by Interim Advocate for Victims & Survivors of HIA

Hundreds of survivors of institutional abuse, to include many of Phoenix Law clients, have had their names and emails disclosed in an email issued by the office of the interim advocate. We are instructed to seek assurances that precautions are now in place, such a significant failing will not occur again and the appropriate referral to the Information Commissioners Office has been made. If you have been affected by this incident, you should seek support from counselling services or GP and contact our office in confidence for advice. Full Story Here ...
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