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Twenty years since 'radical' appointment of notary for Cork and Dublin

Lawyer Bill Holohan is reflecting this week on the 20th anniversary of his "radical" appointment as notary for the cities and counties of Cork and Dublin.

Published 7 April 2020

Eoghan Ó hArgáin: Dealing with price gouging during a pandemic

Eoghan Ó hArgáin, associate and head of the EU, competition and regulated markets team at Eugene F. Collins, explores what measures may be taken under Irish law in response to reports of “price gouging”.

Published 6 April 2020

Joanne Ryan: Remote swearing of affidavits – changes ahead?

Joanne Ryan, associate at William Fry, looks at whether remote swearing is permitted in Ireland in light of the coronavirus pandemic and what can be done to address the issue of swearing affidavits while adhering to social distancing. 

Published 3 April 2020

William Fry: Compulsory licences on the horizon for drugs and equipment?

William Fry partner Laura Scott, senior associate Colette Brady and trainee solicitor Sophie Delaney consider whether growing concerns about the availability of certain drugs and equipment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic will we see governments start to issue compulsory licences.

Published 1 April 2020

Ethan Shattock: COVID-19 highlights why disinformation online is a rights-based issue

Researcher Ethan Shattock argues that disinformation is a human rights issue and a human rights approach is needed in potential regulatory responses.

Published 1 April 2020

Patrick Dunne: Soldiers on the streets does not mean we're heading towards martial law

Patrick Dunne urges reason in discussions about the lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Published 30 March 2020

Court of Appeal: Man who secured subsidiary protection entitled to join Defence Forces

The Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of a Pakistani national who was prevented from joining the Defence Forces in Ireland.

Published 27 March 2020

Blog: Oireachtas can pass laws in public interest without Taoiseach Seanad nominees

Professor Oran Doyle and Dr Tom Hickey interrogate whether the Oireachtas can legislate without the appointment of a new Taoiseach.

Published 27 March 2020

Mary Hough: ‘Dunne’ principles remain the appropriate legal test for medical negligence in Ireland

Mary Hough, partner and head of healthcare at Hayes solicitors, explores the Supreme Court ruling reaffirming that the ‘Dunne’ principles remain the appropriate legal test for establishing liability in medical negligence litigation in Ireland.

Published 27 March 2020

Richard Grogan: Employers should not use coronavirus wage subsidy scheme

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates argues that Irish employers should not take advantage of the new temporary wage subsidy scheme introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 26 March 2020

Sarah Plunkett: Can trials conducted via video-link maintain business continuity for the courts?

William Fry associate Sarah Plunkett explores the opportunities of using technology to maintain business continuity in the Irish courts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 26 March 2020

Editorial: On your side in dark days

As we enter the darkest days we have faced since World War Two, the thoughts of the team at Irish Legal News are with our readers and their families – but also with the many law firms which have only recently recovered from the crash of 2008 and its consequences. They now face an even greater challenge, and not just in the immediate short term.

Published 25 March 2020

Our Legal Heritage: The lawyer who put Hitler in the dock

The latest series of the gritty and stylish TV drama Babylon Berlin, set in Weimar Germany, introduces Hans Litten as a civil rights lawyer battling to save the life of a woman sentenced to death after being tricked by the Nazis into assassinating Germany's Jewish chief prosecutor. Connor Beaton shares his inspiring and moving story.

Published 25 March 2020

Ashling Walsh & Michael Quinlan: Examinership – an underutilised option for vulnerable but viable companies

Ronan Daly Jermyn partner Ashling Walsh, solicitor Michael Quinlan and trainee Mark Costello take a look at the examinership process as a potentially important restructuring tool for companies in Ireland weathering the current COVID-19 storm.

Published 24 March 2020

Sarah O'Mahony: Practical considerations for both landlords and tenants

Sarah O'Mahony, associate in the real estate team at William Fry, explores the challenges ahead for landlords and tenants of commercial property.

Published 24 March 2020