Allison Morris and Aoife Moore case heard before High Court in Dublin.

Allison Morris and Aoife Moore case heard before High Court in Dublin.

Journalists, Ms Allison Morris and Ms Aoife Moore have had their cases commenced at the High Court in Dublin this afternoon before Mr Justice Allen.  In two separate applications, heard together, they sought an Order for an expedited hearing in respect of seeking disclosure of the details of the users to whom persistently targeted, harassed and defamed them on the social media platform Twitter.  At the hearing today, the Judge agreed that the matter was of an urgency which enabled the Court to deal with the cases today and has now listed the matter for a full hearing on the issues on Friday 4th June 2021.  At the hearing on 4th June 2021 both our clients will seek “Norwich Pharmacal” orders compelling both Twitter and Mr Harris to identify those behind the offending posts on the social media platform.    Darragh Mackin and Claire McKeegan, Partners of Phoenix Law acting for Ms Moore and Ms Morris: “We are glad that the Court has recognised the...
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Journalist, Allison Morris issues proceedings against Eoghan Harris and Twitter

Journalist, Allison Morris issues proceedings against Eoghan Harris and Twitter

Award winning Journalist, Allison Morris has issued libel proceedings seeking Injunctive relief requiring Eoghan Harris to disclose all fake accounts he has used to harass and defame her on the social media platform, Twitter over a period of months as well as all those other individuals who were involved. Allison Morris States: The sustained and obsessive attacks on myself by these accounts occurred at a time and in a manner that was clearly designed to damage my professional reputation. That other journalists were tagged in the abusive posts a tactic designed to spread these dangerous and defamatory allegations to as wide an audience as possible. As a female journalist and commentator, the posts also had a deeply misogynist tone to them, all too common on social media. Women working in the media are not fair game for those who wish to control every aspect of our profession and dictate who is entitled to a platform. Claire McKeegan, Partner of Phoenix Law acting for Ms...
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Institutional abuse victims sue over data breach

Institutional abuse victims sue over data breach

MORE than 70 people are to take a class action after the identities of over 250 institutional abuse victims were revealed in a major data breach last year. In a writ to be lodged in the High Court, victims are suing the former interim victims' advocate Brendan McAllister and the Executive Office for damages. It is understood to be one of the largest class actions in Northern Ireland's legal history. The survivors' identities were accidentally circulated in an email sent by Mr McAllister's office in May 2020. Some of those identified included victims and survivors who are suffering from serious psychiatric issues and others whose families do not know they were abused. The writ, issued by solicitor Claire McKeegan of Phoenix Law, stated that abuse victims have "suffered and continue to suffer distress, anxiety and reputational damage". Ms McKeegan said "survivors and victims of institutional abuse require their privacy and data protection more than most". "They put their faith in the interim advocate's office and shared highly...
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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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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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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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