James McClean

James McClean awarded £63k for comment by ex-UUP councillor McGimpsey

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph By Alan Erwin A former Belfast councillor who falsely referred to Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean as a “super Provo” is to pay out £63,000, the High Court heard today. The settlement covers damages and legal costs of the Stoke City player’s defamation action against Chris McGimpsey. A judge was told […]
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Paddy Jackson and Father

Paddy Jackson’s father wins libel action over false Twitter claims

SOURCE – BBC News The father of former Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson has won a libel action over false claims he offered to pay off the woman at the centre of his son’s rape trial. Peter Jackson sued two women from the Republic of Ireland when the unfounded allegations appeared on Twitter. […]
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Legal Mental Health Charity Lawcare Launches Champions Scheme

SOURCE – Law Society of Northern Ireland Legal mental health charity LawCare has launched a new advocacy scheme ‘LawCare Champions’ to coincide with World Mental Health Day, 10th October. The programme aims to appoint legal professionals in the UK to act as mental health and wellbeing advocates within the legal community. Fourteen champions, including Charles Jacobs, […]
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Abortion NI

O’Loan calls on Smith to recall Northern Ireland Assembly ahead of abortion law change

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph by Ralph Hewitt Baroness Nuala O’Loan has written to the Secretary of State urging him to recall the Assembly before Monday’s change to abortion laws in Northern Ireland. The former Police Ombudsman described the situation as urgent as she believes Stormont should be reconvened to deal with the “difficulty of the […]
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Under investigation: Dr Michael Watt

Dr Watt patients receive letters of apology from Belfast Trust

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph by Eimear McGovern People at the centre of Northern Ireland’s largest ever patient recall have received letters of apology from the head of the Belfast Trust, it has been revealed. It comes more than a year after the scandal broke and marks the first time Belfast Trust’s chief executive Martin Dillon […]
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Under investigation: Dr Michael Watt

Potential cases rising against patient recall scandal Dr Watt

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph by Lisa Smyth Legal proceedings against the doctor at the centre of Northern Ireland’s biggest ever patient recall are gathering pace. Two Belfast law firms have said they are developing cases against Dr Michael Watt and his employer, the Belfast Trust, after it was reported he is due to retire from his […]
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Three legal challenges against Brexit ongoing in Northern Ireland

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph By Alan Erwin Three separate legal challenges have been launched in Belfast against a potential no-deal Brexit, it emerged on Thursday. High Court proceedings centre on claims that any departure from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement would breach the Good Friday Agreement. Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan listed one […]
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Brooks Koepka

Fan’s lawsuit over Ryder Cup injury to shake up golf events

SOURCE – Irish Independent By Tom Morgan Woman was hit by the shot struck by US golfer Brooks Koepke. Photo: Reuters Golf spectators may have to stand further from the action at major competitions after a woman who lost her sight in one eye from a “bullet” ball said she plans to sue the Ryder Cup. […]
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Northern Ireland's health system

£400m bill for NHS as negligence claims soar in Northern Ireland

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph By Adrian Rutherford Almost £400m is expected to be spent settling legal claims caused by alleged blunders in Northern Ireland’s health system in just five years. Costs linked to medical negligence claims have risen by 56% since 2012. It is costing the health service more than £215,000 every day on average. Part […]
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