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Important Procurement & Competition law Judgement for SME’s in Ireland

The Copymore procurement judicial review challenge (2013 No. 211 JR) has been published detailing the judgment of Mr. Justice McDermott delivered on 11th November, 2016.  This procurement challenge comprised 10 SME’s (“the Applicants”) taking High Court proceedings against the State Authority as to aspects of the public […]

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Capital Acquisitions Tax Dwellinghouse exemption

A Ministerial amendment at the Committee stage of the Finance Bill proposes to make significant changes to the current exemption for gifts or inheritances of a dwellinghouse as provided for under Section 86 of the Capital Acquisitions Tax Consolidation Act 2003. The proposed amendments restrict the exemption […]

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Directors and Shareholders of Irish Companies – Company Law Update re Beneficial Shareholdings

The European Union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations, 2016 (“2016 Regulations”) have been published with a commencement date of 15th November, 2016 for Ireland. The 2016 Regulations requires Irish Companies to maintain an internal register to hold adequate, accurate and current information on shareholdings […]

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Garda attacked by pitbull terrier awarded €207,000 in damages

A Detective Garda who was set upon by two pitbull terriers and a Yorkshire terrier has been awarded €207,000 in the Dublin High Court. The attack occurred when the Garda had entered a house in Galway where heroin was distributed. The Garda gave evidence that the dogs […]

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Overseas Property Affected by EU Inheritance Law Reform

Many owners of properties abroad are unaware that “forced heirship” rules mean they cannot fully choose who will inherit properties in most European countries, with local laws usually stipulating that a certain share of a property must pass on to particular family members, even if it is […]

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Off duty Garda awarded in excess of €75,000

An off duty Garda who was assaulted at Aston Quay has been awarded damages of €75,457 in the Dublin High Court. The Court heard that the Detective Garda had been on a night out in Temple Bar and was seeking to catch a taxi at Aston Quay. […]

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Woman awarded €40,000 for Dublin Airport fall

A 69 year old woman who fell on her face as she was traveling up an escalator in Dublin Airport has been awarded €40,000 damages in the Dublin High Court. The Judge ruled that she was one third at fault and the award was therefore reduced from […]

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Boy injured at birth awarded €2.1 million interim payment

A seven year old boy who was catastrophically injured during his birth at Cavan General Hospital has (through his legal guardian) settled his medical negligence case. The Hospital had already admitted liability and had apologised to the boy’s parents. The drug syntocinon had been used to speed […]

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Medical Negligence – 2.3 million interim award for young girl

The High Court in Dublin has approved an interim pay out for a three year old child in the sum of €2.5 million for the next three years with an unprecedented genuine apology from the HSE.    There was no denial of liability in this case. In a […]

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Insurance Company Castigated for early settlement.

Judge Keenan Johnson sitting on Circuit in Longford doubled the amount of an infant settlement offer of €30,000 to €60,000 to send out a message to insurance companies.     Now defunct Quinn Insurance taken over by Liberty Insurance (in November 2011), in June 2003 paid directly to the […]

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