Wednesday, 29 January 2014

ECHR rules in favour of Irish woman

"An Irish woman`s courageous 30 year battle for justice ended in trimph today when the European Court of Human Rights ruled in her favour. Louise O’Keeffe (46) wept as the 17 judge Strasbourg-based Court delivered a majority ruling in her favour that the Irish State had been negligent in failing to protect her from abuse in national school."

"The court ruled that her human rights had been breached under Section 3 and 13 of European law – with the Irish State now liable to compensate the mother for what she suffered."

"The judgement is also expected to open the floodgates to over 200 compensation claims by Irish victims abused by State employees. Louise’s first reaction today was to cry with joy. "

"This is a great day for the children of Ireland," she said.

"The mother of two also paid glowing tribute to her legal team lead by solicitor Ernest Cantillon. The ECHR decision will also have enormous implications for European law given the fact dozens of countries other than Ireland also rely on the principal of vicarious or separated liability."

"Louise was abused by her then-principal, Leo Hickey, in a Cork primary school in the 1970s."

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