Belfast Marathon

McIvor Farrell Solicitor Ciaran Maguire will be taking part in the 2019 Belfast Marathon with the BSA team. The BSA have nominated the Chest Heart and Stroke Association as their charity and 11 mmbers, including Ciaran will take part in the marathon.

The Chest Heart and Stroke Association is leading the fight against chest, heart and stroke illnesses. It’s aim is to support those living with life changing conditions.

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High Court North-South Interconnector Win

Landowners impacted by the proposed North-South electricity interconnector represented by McIvor Farrell solicitors Belfast today won their case for the planning application for the interconnect to be re-determined.

The landowners took the case against the Department for Infrastructure and the High Court judge agreed that the decision should not have been made in the absence of a minister .

Paul Farrell described the need for a development of such regional significance needed to be signed off by a minister saying that “it is now clear that such an enormous structural undertaking required political oversight, which in this case was completely lacking”

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High Court Ruling in Michael Stone Case

Belfast Solicitors McIvor Farrell representing Deborah McGuinness, sister of one of Michael Stone’s victims have been successful in the case to ensure Stone serves the remainder of his sentence.

Ms McGuinness had been seeking a judicial review of the DoJ calculation of Stone’s tariff. After 6 years freed on-licence under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, Stone was convicted of an attack at Stormont and returned to prison.

Ms McGuiness’ legal team and Ronan Lavery QC argued that the term on-license should form part of the calculation and today High Court judges agreed that the Department of Justice had wrongly calculated the sentence. Michael Stone will now not be eligible for parole until 2024.

Speaking about the case solicitor Paul Farrell stated that the case would have “far reaching ramifications for life sentence prisoners” in Northern Ireland.

Judicial Review Proceedings Issued

Belfast solicitors McIvor Farrell have issued judicial review proceedings against the PSNI, the Coroner’s Service and the Department of Justice on behalf of Raymond McCord into the killing of his son, Raymond McCord Jr, by the UVF in 1997.

Solicitor Ciaran O’Hare stated that “Mr McCord is now 65 years old, he has fought for justice for over 21 years and his health is in decline. He is doing everything in his powers to advance the inquest into his son’s murder.”

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Michael Stone Parole Hearing

Infamous loyalist murderer Michael Stone is seeking parole on a life sentence. Belfast Solicitors McIvor Farrell are representing Deborah McGuinness, sister of one of Stone’s victims.

Ms McGuinness is seeking a judicial review of the DoJ calculation of Stone’s tariff. After 6 years freed on-licence under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, Stone was convicted of an attack at Stormont and returned to prison.

Ms McGuiness’ legal team and Ronan Lavery QC argued that that the term on-license should form part of the calculation.

Speaking about the case solicitor Paul Farrell stated that the case could have “far reaching ramifications for life sentence prisoners” in Northern Ireland.

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Challenge to Widowed Allowance

A Newry woman has launched a High Court challenge to her Widowed Parent’s Allowance being allegedly stopped because she began living with another man.

Marina Lennon’s lawyers claim the benefit she received following the death of her first husband was unlawfully halted – creating a deterrent to forming a new relationship.

Her bid to judicially review the Department for Communities over the decision has been listed for a full hearing early next year.

The challenge raises different issues to the landmark case taken by unmarried Co Antrim mother-of-four Siobhan McLaughlin.

Ciaran O’Hare, of McIvor Farrell law firm, claimed that decision breached her right to private and family life under European law.

“Crucially, in these types of scenarios the children are worst affected by the decision to stop payments of Widowed Parent’s Allowance,” Mr O’Hare said.

“My client states that it is hard enough for a child to get over the grief of losing a loved one, and no further hardship should then be caused to them by a financial entitlement being removed.”

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Burrito Bar Robbery Plot

John Neale, 51, Gerard Flannigan, 37, and Joseph Tully, 51, appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court over an alleged plot to raid a Boojum burrito bar. The three Belfast men have had the charges against them dismissed with the judge ruling there was insufficient evidence to meet the legal test for connecting any of them with the charge.

Solicitor Paul Farrell, representing Mr Tully, insisted: “The court has to satisfy itself there’s reasonable suspicion to mount a charge.” and that “we have not heard one fact that would suggest there was a conspiracy.”

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Challenge to Decision Not to Charge Police Officers

McIvor Farrell solicitors are challenging a Public Prosecution Service (PPS) offer to have a senior barrister carry out a further evaluation into the 1997 killing of Raymond McCord Jr.

The current challenge follows proceedings against the PPS for failing to review the decision not to bring charges against former police officers implicated in the alleged failure to prevent the murder of Raymond McCord Jr by the UVF.

Speaking about the challenge Ciaran O’Hare of McIvor Farrell law firm, said: “We contend that the review that has been offered by the PPS falls manifestly short of the key principles of transparency, freshness and independence from the original decision maker.

“In the absence of fresh material, it would be very difficult to see why the same senior counsel would give different advices to those already given and relied upon before in this case.”

More details available here.