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Appeared in BioNews 940 The UK court of appeal has upheld the right of the parents of a sperm donor to spend time with their biological grandson. The child was born to a lesbian couple via artificial insemination using the sperm of a friend. Although the sperm donor is not a legal parent, there is…

  A man who was prevented re-entering a store while fleeing would-be attackers and later suffered a fist blow to the head has been awarded more than €750,000 damages by a High Court judge. Mr Justice Kevin Cross said Cian McCarthy was an innocent party who suffered a “most significant and serious” brain injury in…

  A Dublin barman who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a street assault has been awarded €710,000 by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal. Stephen Plunkett suffered injuries almost 12 years ago after an altercation with a group which involved horse play. He was later chased and fell to the ground banging his head as…

  The Health Service Executive (HSE) has apologised to the partner of a man who died almost immediately after being transferred from hospital to a care facility without the required oxygen supply. It has also acknowledged the deceased’s partner played no role in the decision to transfer him, a matter that had caused her “great…

A leading viola player who says his hearing was irreparably damaged by loud music during rehearsals has started a landmark case against the Royal Opera House. In the first case of its kind, which could have major repercussions for live performance, Christopher Goldscheider claims he was exposed to unacceptable noise levels in the pit at…

A woman awarded €260,000 after having a kidney removed due to alleged negligence during surgery has been ordered to pay some of the legal costs of her court action. Margaret Browne twice declined to avail of cash lodgments in court which turned out to be higher than the €260,000 awarded to her at the end of…