Ireland

Civil liberties group calls for lift of electoral laws ‘chilling’ rights groups

Civil liberties group calls for lift of electoral laws ‘chilling’ rights groups

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called on the Government to lift strict electoral laws that are having a “chilling effect” on human rights organisations. It said it shares concerns raised by Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel, over the application by the the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPOC) of the Electoral […]

Landmark bill will strengthen regulation of precarious work

Landmark bill will strengthen regulation of precarious work

Landmark legislation to strengthen the regulation of precarious work has been published. The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 includes provisions which prohibit zero hour contracts in most circumstances. Employment Minister Regina Doherty said: “This is a very important piece of legislation. The key objective of the Bill is to improve the security and predictability of […]

Flanagan: Encryption laws need to ‘balance privacy and free use of online space’

Flanagan: Encryption laws need to ‘balance privacy and free use of online space’

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said there needs to be a balance between the right of individuals to use encryption to protect their online privacy and the needs of law enforcement. Mr Flanagan was speaking after a meeting in Brussels with justice and home affairs secretaries from other EU member states. The discussion focussed on […]

O’Flynn Exhams hosts seminar on examinership

O’Flynn Exhams hosts seminar on examinership

O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors recently hosted a seminar on examinership for SMEs in conjunction with Deloitte Ireland. Conor Lupton, partner at O’Flynn Exhams, and Andrew Byrne, director at Deloitte Ireland, were among speakers at the Cork event. They outlined what examinership entails, the warning signs for companies, and the benefits of examinership for SMEs.

Senior lawyers warn Brexit Britain on the road to ‘borders and broken agreements’

Senior lawyers warn Brexit Britain on the road to ‘borders and broken agreements’

Borders and broken agreements lie ahead if the UK government stays its course on Brexit, according to speakers at the Hibernian Law Journal’s Checkpoint Cathal lecture in Dublin. The lecture in the Law Society’s buildings on Blackhall Place heard from Senator Michael McDowell SC, member of the Seanad Brexit Committee; Professor Colin Harvey of Queen’s […]

Brexit worries over Irish solicitors’ ability to practise in England

Brexit worries over Irish solicitors’ ability to practise in England

The Law Society of Ireland has warned of anxiety among its members that Brexit will affect their ability to practise in England and Wales. Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society, told the Irish Independent that an EU directive providing for mutual recognition of qualifications in both common law jurisdictions has underpinned many solicitors’ […]

Child protection watchdog calls for ‘Fagin’s law’ in Ireland

Child protection watchdog calls for ‘Fagin’s law’ in Ireland

Dr Geoffrey Shannon, special rapporteur on child protection, has proposed the creation of a new offence of leading children to commit crime. The introduction of a so-called “Fagin’s law” in Ireland is one of 40 recommendations set out in his 10th report to the Oireachtas. In the report, Dr Shannon proposes that jail sentences of […]

Limerick law symposium examines Islam and Irish law

Limerick law symposium examines Islam and Irish law

A recent symposium hosted by University of Limerick School of Law examined issues around the integration and accommodation of minority religions – particularly Islam – under Irish law. The Minority Religions under Irish Law: Islam in National and International Context symposium was organised by Dr Katherine O’Sullivan, who told Irish Legal News: “Ireland is quickly […]

#InPictures: Employment lawyers enjoy annual dinner

#InPictures: Employment lawyers enjoy annual dinner

Members and supporters of the Employment Law Association of Ireland (ELAI) recently enjoyed the Association’s annual dinner at the Westbury Hotel, sponsored by Keane McDonald Recruitment. ELAI chair Colleen Cleary told Irish Legal News: “Noeline Blackwell of the Dublin Rape Crisis was our guest speaker and we had the pleasure of honouring Ingrid Miley and Justice […]

Maples and Calder to offer Irish transaction advice from London as Brexit looms

Maples and Calder to offer Irish transaction advice from London as Brexit looms

International law firm Maples and Calder has announced plans to provide Irish transaction advice to UK clients from its London office. Three key partners will provide advice from Aldersgate Street to meet the “international requirements of UK based clients in light of recent EU developments”, the firm said. Nicholas Butcher, managing partner of the firm’s […]