High Court Ruling in Michael Stone Case

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…
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Legal Challenge on Border Poll

Victim's Campaigner Raymond McCord is mounting legal challenges in Belfast and Dublin on the basis that current criteria for calling a referendum on a 'border poll' is vague and UK Secretary of State has “unfettered discretion”. Mr McCord is mounting the challenge on the basis it could lead to political instability. Speaking about the case Ciaran O’Hare and Paul Farrell of McIvor Farrell, insisted certainty was needed on the issue. They were joined at the hearing by Irish Senator Mark Daly. They said: “This is a far reaching and complex case which seeks clarification on the circumstances and conditions deemed…
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Impact of Stormont Suspension on Brexit

Impact of Stormont Suspension on Brexit

Belfast Solicitor Paul Farrell speaking to Reuters, and widely reported on websites such as the Daily Mail, has described how the suspension of the Stormont Assembly could impact the Brexit negotiations. Solicitor Advocate Paul Farrell explained that  "in the current circumstances, where there is a potential suspension of the institutions, the approval of the devolved institutions would not be possible".  McIvor Farrell are solicitors on the case taken by Raymond McCord to the UK Supreme Court over the Brexit decision and the constitutional status of Northern Ireland under the Good Friday Agreement. The Northern Ireland Assembly could be suspended following…
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Skeleton Argument in relation to our Supreme Court Brexit Challenge

Skeleton Argument in relation to our Supreme Court Brexit Challenge

Application to the Supreme Court by Raymond McCord for Judicial Review: Full Document Here Excerpt: Raymond McCord comes before the Supreme Court by way of a reference on a ‘devolution issue’ made pursuant to paragraph 9 of Schedule 10 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 [Northern Ireland (‘NI’) bundle – N-3] by the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland with the consent of the parties on 18 November 2016. This is the Applicant’s case in support of answering the referred question in the affirmative. Does the triggering of Article 50 Treaty of European Union (‘TEU’) by the exercise of the…
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High Court Judgement in London on Brexit

High Court Judgement in London on Brexit

We welcome today’s decision in respect of the cases before the Divisional court of England Wales. We are of the view that this is a significant decision, which will no doubt have systemic ramifications. We are currently examining the written judgment and at this stage we believe that it is supportive of our case. Mr McCord’s case is next listed before Belfast High Court on Tuesday 8 November 2016. We understand that the Government’s statement in respect of today’s High Court decision will be announced on Monday. Commons leader David Lidington says the government will make a statement to MPs…
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High Court Decision on Brexit Case

High Court Decision on Brexit Case

Mr McCord’s case is that the British Government ceded some of its sovereignty to Northern Ireland through the enactment of the Good Friday Agreement and the Northern Act. Moreover, it is pleaded that the people of Northern Ireland are sovereign in relation to Constitutional change and only through the mandate of the people of Northern Ireland can Constitutional change come about. Senator George Mitchell, who managed the Good Friday Agreement negotiations, when recently asked if Brexit was a breach of the Good Friday Agreement, said that the deal; "plainly contemplates the possibility of a vote under certain circumstances that change…
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