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Darragh Mackin a rising star of human rights law

Belfast-based human rights lawyer Darragh Mackin who is representing Lisa Smith. Picture by Mal McCann

NEWRY native Darragh Mackin is a partner at Belfast-based Phoenix Law, specialising in human rights and international law.

He has acted in a series of high profile Troubles cases including the 'Hooded Men' and victims of the Glenanne Gang.

Earlier this year he secured a fresh inquest into the 48 deaths arising out of the Stardust fire tragedy in Dublin, and acted for Sarah Ewart in landmark litigation challenging abortion laws in Northern Ireland.

He also represented Irish national Ibrahim Halawa who was held in an Egyptian prison for four years after being arrested while on a family holiday, before being acquitted of all charges in 2017.

In 2016 he won a prestigious Legal Aid Practitioners Group award in London.

In October this year he was named The Times lawyer of the week for his work challenging abortion legislation in the High Court in Belfast.

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