DRI’s case is brought in its own name, but it is an action with implications for every citizen of Ireland, whether they know it or not.
On 5th May 2010 the High Court delivered its (unapproved) judgment. The Court confirmed its agreement to refer the EU law issue in the case to the European Court of Justice. The Court refused the State’s applications seeking denial of locus standi to the Plaintiff and/or seeking security for costs.
By this means they would off-set the advantage of size that Ryanair has over any single consumer, a circumstance perpetuated in Ireland by the sullen laziness of successive Irish Governments.
Now the plan is under consideration by the EU Commission. Specifically it is being considered by Joaquin Almunia the new Commissioner for Competition. He is in fact not all that new; he used to be Commissioner for Economics and Monetary policy.
NAMA is a scandal. It is a scheme to transfer taxpayers’ money to private institutions without a rational justification.
There seems to be no end to the debt of gratitude the Irish (and now, the English) legal profession owe to the managing director of Ryanair. He has clarified the words of a suitable jurisdiction clause on websites to confer jurisdiction within the EU. See HERE for how he did it. (This writer has adapted those words below to accommodate his purposes and intentions. Feel free to appropriate the clause without attribution, but on terms of repudiation of liability by […]
A sensible arrangement for the Government indemnity would have made provision for Ireland to be entitled to receive a proper portion of compensation recovered from farmers and/or the pig feed supplier.
And what are we to make of the expert group? We already pay for the personnel of the Law Reform Commission. Why should we have to pay for another group of persons duplicating its work?
It has been the practice of art galleries in Ireland to keep the very identity of purchasers secret from the artists who the gallery “represents”.