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London-based Irish lawyer Ciarán McGonagle has been appointed as chief legal and product officer at financial services tech company Tokenovate. Mr McGonagle, originally from Derry, will lead the creation and execution of the legal-first product vision and strategy at Tokenovate, a specialist

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Judith Curran has returned to Mason Hayes & Curran as counsel on the firm's employment law team. Ms Curran brings over 20 years of specialised experience to the role, with her expertise covering a wide range of employment law matters, from equality and diversity to complex restructuring processe

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Power Law has promoted Billy Casserly to partner in the firm's commercial dispute resolution team. Mr Casserly, who is based in the firm's Galway office, is an experienced corporate lawyer who joined Power Law last year after a decade working in-house and in large Dublin law firms.

Northern Ireland

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The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has instructed Belfast solicitor Olivia O'Kane as it seeks to intervene in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) proceedings examining alleged unlawful covert surveillance of journalists by the PSNI. Ms O'Kane, a partner at DWF, has prepared detailed submiss

Universities

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The European Law Students' Association (ELSA) Ireland has elected a new national board for 2024/25 following its 26th National Council meeting in Galway.

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A new book examines the reality of police custody in Ireland for minorities, children, those using an interpreter and those with intellectual disabilities and includes recommendations for reform. Police Custody in Ireland, edited by Professor Yvonne Daly of Dublin City University's School of Law and

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University of Galway’s School of Law was named Law School of the Year at the Dye and Durham Irish Law Awards 2024 – the second time it has won the prestigious accolade.

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Talking with Joan Crawford, the chief executive of the Legal Aid Board, is a refreshing engagement with positivity. It’s an approach she clearly brings to the office as well as to her many sporting and social interests. The media frequently highlights the challenges facing the legal aid sector

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Pro bono work has been "mainstreamed into the Irish legal culture" — but that was not the case until relatively recently, FLAC chief executive Eilis Barry points out. When Ms Barry joined the legal charity FLAC in 2016, Éamonn Conlon SC, then a partner in A&L Goodbody LLP, had just

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At the beginning of this month, 285 people seeking international protection were moved from a makeshift campsite outside the International Protection Office (IPO) in Dublin’s Mount Street. Weeks later, 55 asylum seekers set up camp along the Grand Canal just hours after another tent clearance.

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The adoption this week of the UK’s controversial Safety of Rwanda Bill generated ripples (or rather waves) of concern that reached far beyond Britain’s shores. One of those most concerned was Michael O’Flaherty, the Irish human rights lawyer who has just been appointed Council of E