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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Stardust Fire Inquest: Preliminary Hearing

Stardust Fire Inquest: Preliminary Hearing

A pre-inquest hearing into the deaths of 48 people in the Stardust disaster was hailed, on Wednesday, as a “momentous step in the families’ path to justice” by Darragh Mackin, solicitor for the families of 44 of the victims. That those families have had to wait almost 40 years to establish the truth about the death of their loved ones in a fire in a Dublin nightclub on Valentine’s Day in 1981 is unconscionable. At least now, they will be recalled as people rather than numbers or statistics as happened in previous inconclusive enquires. The names of all 48 victims were read into the record at the Dublin Coroner’s Court as those attending stood, in unison, for a minute’s silence. ‘Pen portraits’ of each one will be presented to the inquest when it opens at Dublin Castle next year. The system, used in the Grenfell Tower fire enquiry, puts real people and the lasting pain inflicted on their families, at the centre of...
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Independent investigation is to be held into the murder of Seamus Ludlow

Independent investigation is to be held into the murder of Seamus Ludlow

The family of Seamus Ludlow together with their Solicitor Gavin Booth announced today that an independent investigation by John Boucher will now be carried out. The 47-year-old forestry worker's body was found with bullet holes in a ditch near his home on the Cooley Peninsula, Co Louth. His family have argued for decades that he was an innocent victim of members of the British Army and loyalist paramilitaries who mistook him for a senior member of the IRA.  Read more here ...
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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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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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