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, Aoife Moore initiates proceedings against Twitter and Eoghan Harris.

Journalist, Aoife Moore initiates proceedings against Twitter and Eoghan Harris.

We act on behalf of the distinguished journalist, Aoife Moore.  Our client has been the subject of an extensive and malicious campaign of online abuse which encompassed in excess of 120 tweets from two accounts in a period short of twelve months.  The tweets sought to attack our client’s reputation and undermine her professionalism and integrity. Most concerning of all, some of the tweets directed at our client sought to belittle her views and undermine her professionalism through the use of misogynistic language.   Our client has now taken steps to initiate proceedings against Twitter and Mr Eoghan Harris (a former journalist) to compel the urgent disclosure of the relevant information to which identifies the other parties involved in this reprehensible conduct.  All of those individuals involved in such conduct should be identified without any further delay.  Aoife Moore said: "For over a year these obsessive attacks on me have sought to damage my reputation and standing as a journalist among my peers and colleagues. These posts tagged other...
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The Ballymurphy Inquest – ‘All entirely innocent’

The Ballymurphy Inquest – ‘All entirely innocent’

Ms Justice Keegan sitting as the Coroner has today published her findings in respect of the Ballymurphy Inquest.  The findings make it clear that the killing of our client’s father at the manse field was disproportionate and without justification.   The Court found that there was no evidence put forward which supported the Military’s original version of events.  Crucially, the Court pointed to stark fact that a child who was also in the field on the night in question had been shot.   The evidence as adduced at the inquest confirms that the killing of our client was wholly unjustified.     In addition, the Court has found that the lack of management and preparation for the military operation was a breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.   Today’s decision vindicates the Ballymurphy family’s campaign for truth, justice and accountability.  The Court has today corrected the record.  Our client, and all the families killed at the Ballymurphy massacre, were innocent victims shot and killed by the...
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Lisa Smith wins legal battle in London court to the Decision to exclude her from the UK.

Lisa Smith wins legal battle in London court to the Decision to exclude her from the UK.

On the 31st of December 2019 Lisa Smith was served with a notice by the British Home Secretary to exclude her from the United Kingdom on the grounds of national security.  Ms Smith appealed against this decision to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (commonly referred to as SIAC) sitting in London.  The case was heard on 21st April 2021.  It was an agreed fact between the parties that a national of an EEA state who is not also a British citizen can be excluded from the United Kingdom. Accordingly, Irish nationals or citizens can be excluded, but not those with dual nationality. Ms Smith argued that she had close family connections to the North of Ireland and often travelled across the border for a variety of reasons.  Crucially, she argued that in any event, her father having been born in Belfast was entitled to be treated as a dual national and by virtue of his dual nationality, it would be unlawful to...
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Court of Appeal – Legacy Victims’ Pensions victory

Court of Appeal – Legacy Victims’ Pensions victory

The Executive Office is under a legal duty to fund a pension scheme for victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Senior judges made the declaration in an ongoing legal battle by one of the so-called Hooded Men to break the political stalemate over who pays the compensation. In August last year, the High Court held that the Executive Office deliberately stymied introduction of the scheme in a bid to force the UK Government into footing the bill. Following that verdict, the Department of Justice was designated to administer the programme. Since then, however, a funding dispute between Stormont and Westminster has continued. A draft budget announced by Sinn Féin Finance Minister Conor Murphy last month only included the administrative costs of pensions. With no order made in the first court case to provide grant funding, Brian Turley appealed that outcome in a bid to ensure the necessary financial package is immediately put in place. He was among 14 men detained,...
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Covid 19 – Barber restrictions challenged.

Covid 19 – Barber restrictions challenged.

A group of Belfast barbers have threatened the Northern Ireland Executive with legal action over the region's strict coronavirus restrictions. The businessmen are also challenging the Executive on its decision-making process that led to the regulations coming into force. The barbers include Sean Lawlor of Cambridge Barbershop, Andrew Kavanagh of Camlough Barbers, David Lutton of The Corner Barbershop, and Padraig McShane of Cut N Edge. The Northern Ireland Executive announced that close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, were among a range of businesses required to close until November 13. A scientific paper that guided the Executive's recent decisions on the introduction of the circuit-break, estimated the closure of hairdressers and beauticians could reduce the virus's reproduction number (R number) by 0.05. The paper was published as part of an initiative by the Department of Health to increase transparency around the decision-making process. The group say they are concerned about the "scientific, medical, epidemiological evidence" and how it has been interpreted by Government ministers.  Darragh...
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Covid 19 – Taxi Support Scheme achieved

Covid 19 – Taxi Support Scheme achieved

The Department of Infrastructure has formally requested new powers to set up a hardship scheme for taxi drivers whose trade has collapsed during the pandemic on foot of legal pressure. Partner, Darragh Mackin, representing the group commented, "we warmly welcome the ongoing engagement with the minister and her officials in trying to reach a resolution of the issues with respect to the taxi industry. Today is a very significant step for the taxi industry whereby the minister has now sought the necessary statutory powers to bring about a scheme that will resolve the current financial crisis that has struck the industry." Read more here ...
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