UNA RUFFLEY -v- THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF ST. ANNE’S SCHOOL

SUPREME COURT RECORD NUMBER 2016/24

This case came before the Supreme Court after a detailed hearing in the High Court and three considered judgements in the Court of Appeal.

The significance of the case in Irish law was demonstrated by the hearing of the appeal by a seven person sitting of the Supreme Court on the 20th. December 2016 and as stated by O’ Donnell J. “At some level this novel case will set a benchmark for all bullying claims.”

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NEW LAWS FOR ALL DOG OWNERS from 31 March 2016

From March 31st 2016 new legislation requires all dogs, regardless of age or breed, to be micro chipped and registered with an authorised database.  Micro chipping can be done by your vet or a person specially trained by an authorised database Currently there are four Authorised Databases (Animark, Fido, Irish Coursing Club and Irish Kennel…

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Psychiatrist crossed boundaries with woman client

The Irish Times 05.02.2016 by Paul Cullen The young woman in this case has a troubled background, including childhood sexual abuse. She sought help from HSE mental health services and was treated by a consultant psychiatrist between 2006 and 2012. She first complained to the HSE in January 2013, listing 27 “incidents” that had occurred…

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HSE apologises to patient over delay in investigation

The Health Service Executive has apologised to a mental health patient over a delay of almost three years in investigating a complaint about her psychiatrist The HSE also apologised to the woman after an external report found her psychiatrist crossed professional boundaries when treating her. The report, which found the psychiatrist’s crossing of professional boundaries…

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Volkswagen car [Volkswagen; Audi; Seat; Skoda] emissions scandal – are you affected? What are your rights? Have you received a letter recently from Volkswagen Ireland promising to get back to you about how they intend to remedy the problem?

  The VW car scandal relates to an admission by VW that a software code designed to cheat US emissions tests for nitrogen oxide (NOx), a harmful air pollutant, was included in the engine management system of its EA189 diesel engine. The engine in question came in three versions: 1.2-litre, 1.6-litre and 2-litre. The engines…

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Inheritance, succession and tax

IRISH TIMES 25.09.2015 If you are over 55 and haven’t thought about how to structure your financial affairs so your investments will provide you with an income in retirement and also about how to pass on your businesses or assets tax-efficiently to the next generation, now is the time to put your house in order.…

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MIBI liable to pay out Setanta claims

Mr Justice John Hedigan last week ruled that the MIBI (Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland) is liable to cover claims made by and against Setanta policyholders. Approximately 1,750 such claims remain in existence. The MIBI was set up by the Minister of Transport for the purpose of compensating victims of road traffic accidents caused by uninsured or unidentified…

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Pregnancy and Maternity in the Workplace

THE IRISH TIMES 14.08.2015 by Charlie Taylor While it can undoubtedly be a bit scary, particularly first time round, pregnancy is usually a period of great joy for families. Sure there might be concern about the health of the unborn child, and the horror of morning sickness to deal with, but most soon-to-be parents enjoy…

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EU Inheritance Regulations

Irish owners  of French gîtes, Spanish villas or other properties abroad will now  be able to decide who can inherit this foreign property after a new European agreement came into effect on Monday the 17th. August 2015. Most people are unaware that “forced heirship” rules in other countries mean they cannot fully choose who will…

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