Category Archives: Law

Renowned musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin dies aged 67

Renowned musician, composer and academic, Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, has died aged 67. In a statement, the university said: "[Mícheál] Ó Súilleabháin left a rich legacy through his own music, as well as the academy he founded which attracted students from over 50 countries." He was celebrated for his fusion of Irish traditional and classical music, in particular for his unique style of piano playing. He is survived by his wife Professor Helen Phelan and their son Luke; sons Eoin and Mícheál (Moley), their mother Dr Nóirín Ní Rian, and his brother John. Everyone should prepare a will to avoid unnecessary stress for loved ones. Visit our helpful Wills and Probate page here. Source: RTE...
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Inquest hears three generations of family killed in ‘horror’ crash in Mayo

A jury has returned verdicts of accidental death at inquest arising from a car crash that claimed the lives of three generations of the same family in Co Mayo last year. Mary Ann Wilson, 67, her 39-year-old daughter, Marcella, and her six-year-old son, Sean, died when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck on the N17 outside Claremorris on 11 September 2017. All three suffered traumatic head injuries and died at the scene. One of those who saw the incident, John Fallon from Ballindine, said "everything happened in an instant", when he saw something impacting with the side of the truck being driven along the N17 by Mr Tierney. The car went under the truck and emerged seconds later. The inquest heard how witnesses and emergency service personnel worked to assist the occupants...
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Donegal Specsavers ordered to pay €12k to Muslim worker sacked a day after Manchester terror attack

A Donegal Specsavers has been ordered to pay €12,000 in compensation to a Muslim woman who was sacked the day after the Manchester terror attack last year. At the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), Adjudication Officer, Emer O’Shea has found that Letterkenny Specsavers Ltd discriminated against Amina Ferrah on the grounds of religion when sacking the Optical Assistant on May 23, 2017. In her findings, Ms O’Shea said that she was satisfied on the basis of the evidence presented that Ms Ferrah's dismissal in advance of the standard three-month review constituted less favourable treatment on the grounds of religion and that Ms Ferrah’s non-Muslim colleagues were not the subject to such treatment. The night before Ms Ferrah was sacked, 22-year-old Islamic terrorist, Salman Ramadan Abedi murdered 22 concertgoers in a suicide bombing attack at...
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Katie Hopkins ‘On Brink Of Bankruptcy’ Following Libel Loss

Controversial media personality Katie Hopkins has allegedly applied for an insolvency arrangement in a last ditch attempt to avoid bankruptcy, after piling up debts. In 2017, Hopkins lost a libel case against the food blogger Jack Monroe after sending two tweets in which she implied that Monroe supported the vandalism of a war memorial. The court ordered Hopkins to pay £24,000 in damages and £107,000 in legal costs within 28 days. Hopkins’ Daily Mail column and LBC show both ended this year by “mutual consent” and she put her £1million Exeter mansion on the market in February this year, selling it for £950,000 within three weeks. Monroe tweeted the claim that Hopkins had entered an insolvency arrangement to pay the rest of...
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Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler to divorce after 25 years of marriage

The former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has separated from his wife Marina Wheeler, and they are now set to be divorced. Johnson, who is also a former London Mayor, has been living apart from Wheeler for the past few months, the Sun reported. The pair have been married for 25 years. A number of UK outlets are reporting this morning that Johnson faces claims of alleged infidelity which have led to the split. In a joint statement, Johnson and Wheeler said: “Several months ago, after 25 years of marriage, we decided it was in our best interests to separate. A divorce can be a very stressful time, but we are here to help. You can visit our Divorce and Separation page here. Source: The Journal...
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Nine people injured in crash between school bus and car in Limerick

Nine people injured – six children, two adults and a teenager – have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision between a school bus and a car in Co Limerick. The collision, which occurred at Ardvarna, Lisnagry, was reported to emergency services at 8.15am. The 28-seater bus, contracted by Bus Éireann from a private operator, and white Renault Laguna collided near a house and on a bend in the road. One of the passengers on the bus managed to exit the vehicle and run about 1.5km to a house to raise the alarm. According to reliable sources, the car ended up “pinned” between the front of the bus and a wall of a house. Two people travelling in the car were cut from the wreckage by firefighters attached to Limerick City Fire and...
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Jennifer Lawrence’s hacker gets 8 months in prison

The man who hacked Jennier Lawrence, a Connecticut man who also hacked into more than 200 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and other people has been sentenced to eight months in prison. George Garofano was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport. After prison, he must serve three years of supervised release and perform 60 hours of community service. The North Branford man was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal that led to private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others being made public. Authorities say the hackers used a phishing scheme that sent emails appearing to be from Apple security accounts that asked for usernames and passwords. Garofano pleaded guilty in April and asked for leniency, saying he faces a lifetime loss of rights because...
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Unmarried mother from Antrim wins court fight over widowed parent’s allowance

An unmarried mother has won a Supreme Court battle to access widowed parent’s allowance for her bereaved children. Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was refused the benefit after her partner John Adams died from cancer in January 2014 because the couple, who had four children and were together for 23 years, were not married or in a civil partnership. But, by a majority of four justices to one, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the current law on the allowance is “incompatible” with Human Rights legislation. Giving the lead judgment, the court’s President Lady Hale said: “The allowance exists because of the responsibilities of the deceased and the survivor towards their children. “Those responsibilities are the same whether or not they are married to or in a civil partnership with one another. “The purpose of the allowance...
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Guinness heir takes family to court over trust

One of the Guinness heirs is By Anne Sheridan taking High Court action against a host of family members to settle property interests and arrangements of a trust held by the family. Kieran Arthur Guinness, 69, who runs a stud farm in Co Westmeath, is taking eight sets of civil proceedings against more than 15 family members, including his older brother, the Honorary Finn Benjamin Guinness, 72, and a number of other siblings. Speaking last night, Kieran Guinness said the case ‘isn’t acrimonious or controversial at all’. ‘My father set up the trust a long time ago and it needs to be updated. The trust has got a bit of property, and a dairy farm. It’s just a matter of rearranging things. It’s just changing some of the beneficiaries of the trust, and...
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Naked violinist takes nude protest case before federal judges

For 50 minutes Thursday, a group of judges considered the case of a man who stripped naked outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, played violin beside the engraving of a Thomas Jefferson quote and then sat for hours on the ground before his arrest. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal peppered lawyers for Matthew Mglej and the city of Portland with questions about what Oregon law allows when it comes to protesting nude and exactly what message Mglej was trying to send. Mglej's lawyer Matthew Gordon argued that Portland police wrongfully arrested his client on May 23, 2014, because the city's indecent exposure ordinance protects nudity intended as a symbolic "communicative act'' or protest. He cited a 1985 Oregon Court of Appeals case in support. Mglej was...
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