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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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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Mother’s legal bid to close schools in face of COVID-19

Mother’s legal bid to close schools in face of COVID-19

Phoenix Law has been instructed by the mother of a primary school child from Co Armagh to mount a legal challenge against the decision not to close schools in NI in response to coronavirus. Darragh Mackin says: "We have put the Minster of Education, the Minister of Health, the Education Authority and CCMS on notice of our intention to apply for an emergency judicial review." Full story link ...
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