Attorney General and the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs v Córas Iompair Éireann

JurisdictionIreland
Judgment Date01 January 1956
Date01 January 1956
CourtSupreme Court
(S.C.),
Attorney General and the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs
and
Coras Iompair Eireann

Payments made by Minister as a result of injury to servant -Claim by Attorney General and Minister on behalf of the People of Ireland against defendants for sums paid as a result of servant's injury - Right of Attorney General and Minister to sue on behalf of the People of Ireland - Whether the People of Ireland was a person or body of persons known to the law for the purpose of proceedings - Case stated.

M. was a postman employed in sorting mail in a mail train. As a result of the negligence of the servants of C. he was injured and incapacitated from working. While M. was unable to work the Minister paid him his wages; the Minister was also compelled to pay further sums to other employees as a result of M.'sabsence from work. The Attorney General and the Minister then sued the defendants in the Dublin Circuit Court for the sums so paid. The case was heard by the President of the Circuit Court, who stated a Case for the opinion of the Supreme Court. The Case Stated raised three questions: (i) Whether either or both of the plaintiffs had any authority or title to sue for or on behalf of the People of Ireland and whether the People of Ireland was a person or body of persons known to the law for the purpose of...

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