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Updated Covid – 19 arrangements

Dobbyn & McCoy is currently closed in line with Government directions. We will do our best to continue to deliver a service to our clients if you need to contact our solicitors please find their contact info below:- Gerard O’Connor – goconnor@dobbynmccoy.com Danny Morrissey – dmorrissey@dobbynmccoy.com Finola Cronin – fcronin@dobbynmccoy.com Edel Morrissey – emorrissey@dobbynmccoy.com Rosa…

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Covid-19

The offices of Dobbyn & McCoy are open for business. Clients may prefer given the current corona virus scare not to attend in person for consultation. We in Dobbyn & McCoy are complying with all directions and requirements of the H.S.E. in respect of this virus. Accordingly, we would like to advise our clients that…

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Supreme Court sitting in Waterford

The Supreme Court has recently sat in Waterford and gave Judgment in a case involving the conviction of Graham Dwyer for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. The Supreme Court sat in Waterford and has referred this challenge to the use of mobile phone data to the European Courts of Justice. This had been widely expected prior…

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Personal Injury Litigation

A recent case that went to the court of appeal involved a Mr. Keegan who slipped on a wet exposed porch in the front of his house. Mr. Keegan had been a tenant of Sligo County Council. Arising out of the accident Mr. Keegan suffered a fracture to his left ankle. Mr. Keegan accepted that…

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Employment Law

Recent case law has illustrated the difference between renewable contracts and fixed term contracts. A contract may look initially like a fixed term contract, but if it contains possibilities in respect of a renewal of the contract that may well take the contract outside the scope of a fixed term contract. This is of critical…

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Ward of Court

The Law provides protection for persons who have either never had the ability to manage their own affairs or due to a circumstance such as an acquired brain injury, dementia, age related illnesses lost the ability to manage their affairs. In the event that a person becomes unable to manage his or her assets because…

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Colbeck Street

This picture recently came to light showing Colbeck Street in the year 1900. No. 5, Colbeck Street really has not changed much and is still very identifiable, however, the old Victoria Hotel is long gone and has been replaced by the present day offices of Dobbyn & McCoy Solicitors. Colbeck gate being the entrance through…

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Enduring Power of Attorney

The Enduring Power of Attorney Legislation has been in force for quite sometime. This allows people who currently enjoy good mental health to create an Enduring Power of Attorney should they ever lack mental capacity and require someone to make decisions on their behalf. Generally it is best that two Attorneys are appointed and the…

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Employment Equality Act

Pregnancy is a natural part of the lives of most women and pregnant workers have strong and stringent protection under Employment Equality Legislation and the Maternity Protection Act. Recent case law especially a decision of the Labour Court deal precisely with the rights of women. The employee in question went on her maternity leave. At…

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Employment Law

For most of us our employment constitutes an important part of our lives. It provides not only pay and Pension benefits etc. it is also important in terms of providing a structure to our lives and some social contact. Therefore, the loss of employment impacts not only on the pocket of the individual concerned, but…

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Bringing A Claim

The question of bringing claims recently is very much in the news. There has been a lot of debate about the bringing of fraudulent claims and about the rising costs of insurance cover especially for businesses. We do have legislation dealing with the bringing of fraudulent claims. The legislation was introduced by Michael McDowell in…

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Family Law Bill 2019

Recently the President has been asked to sign a Bill implementing the result of the recent Referendum on Divorce.  The new legislation proposes to reduce the living apart period under the Divorce Act 1996 to a minimum of 2 out of the preceding 3 years.  The Bill will also include an updating of the Statutory…

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Unfair Dismissal

It is not impossible to dismiss an employee, but it is possible to dismiss an employee in a manner that will result in the employee being successful in an application before the Workplace Relations Commission.  In a recent case a man who was employed as a Senior Hotel Receptionist successfully sued his employer and was…

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Statute of Limitations

The Statute of Limitations specifies that certain actions must be taken within a specific period of time e.g. an action alleging personal injury must be taken in general within 2 years from the date of the accident.  An action arising out of defamation must be taken within one year from the defamation occurring.  A more…

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A & E Negligence

Many of us suffer injuries and illnesses that necessitate an emergency attendance at Accident and Emergency.  Accident and Emergency Departments are one of the busiest Departments in our hospitals.  The Doctors who work there are highly educated and trained.  Their training is such that they know about several specialised medical areas.  Their role is to…

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Employment Law

In a recent case against Wexford County Council the Plaintiff a Mr. James Breen sued his employer for alleged bullying, harassment and intimidation, however, he was found guilty of delay in that he started his Court proceedings in 2001 and effectively took very few steps to progress his claim until 2012. Ultimately, the Defendant issued…

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Rosamond Jacob & Teresa Deevy

Rosamond Jacob was a famous Waterford suffragette and political activist.  Teresa Deevy was a well known Waterford Playwright who resided at “Landscape”, Passage Road, Waterford.  In Dobbyn & McCoy we recently found a Deed of Conveyance dating back to the 1950’s, interestingly, the deed was signed by Rosamond Jacob and witnessed by Teresa Deevy.  Teresa…

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The Napper Tandy Connection

Dobbyn & McCoy has been in existence for over 200 years, in fact, it was originally known as Dobbyn Tandy & McCoy.  The name plate is still outside the front door of the offices.  The name Tandy invokes that of Napper Tandy and indeed the office does have a connection to Napper Tandy. James Napper…

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Legal history made in Waterford City

Legal history made in Waterford City Following a recent bomb scare in Waterford Courthouse, the decision was taken to postpone proceedings. Given the importance of the work that had to be done, the Court needed to find an alternative venue at short notice. Seeing as our offices are within close proximity of the Courthouse, we…

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