Delay, family home, admissions

Four Courts dome, via the website.Law reports from today’s Irish Times:

Case against Motor Insurers Board can go ahead
O’Flynn v Buckley (Supreme Court, 22 January 2009) Kearns J (Denham and Hardiman JJ concurring) [2009] IESC 3

The Supreme Court upheld a High Court order dismissing an application from the Motor Insurers Board (MIB) seeking to have proceedings against it separated from proceedings against another plaintiff, both of which arose out of the same accident.

‘Parties embarked on marriage, not a property transaction’
B v F (High Court, 4 December 2008) Dunne J [2008] IEHC 393

In an appeal against a Circuit Court order that 80 per cent of the value of the family home be allocated to the wife in a judicial separation, and 20 per cent to the husband, the High Court ordered that the allocation be 60 per cent to the wife and 40 per cent to the husband.

Verbal statements not admissible
DPP v Breen (Court of Criminal Appeal, 16 December 2008) Fennelly J (Budd and Hanna JJ concurring) [2008] IECCA 136

Verbal statements allegedly made by the applicant while held on the ground by members of An Garda Síochána during an operation should not have been admitted in evidence. Therefore the applicants appeal against conviction for possession of a firearm was quashed. A retrial was not ordered.

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