Articles



John Dugdale: 'Smash & grab' debate set to continue in the UK Supreme Court

John Dugdale, associate at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, writes on the latest legal developments concerning "smash & grab" adjudications.

Published 15 July 2019

Niall Neligan: Opponents of cannabis regulation should consider the evidence

Niall Neligan, lecturer in criminal law and drug policy regulation at the School of Law, Languages & Social Sciences at Technological University Dublin, contributes to the debate around cannabis and the law.

Published 15 July 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Irish Women Patrols

The Garda Síochána Act 1958 provided for the admission of women to membership of An Garda Síochána, and this month marks the 60th anniversary of women joining An Garda Síochána. However, the 12 Ban Ghardaí appointed on 10 July 1959 were not the first female police officers in Ireland.

Published 12 July 2019

Conor Gearty – The British constitution, Brexit and human rights

The flexibility of the British constitution, once thought to be such a strength, has played a large part in destroying the country. In this edited version of a recent lecture delivered in Cambridge, Professor Conor Gearty (LSE) explains why he now believes more than ever that only the experience of no-deal will bring Britain to its senses.

Published 5 July 2019

Adverse possession – new law in landmark decision

The long standing test concerning the legal possession of land has been challenged in the landmark case of Thorpe v Frank [2019] EWCA Civ 150, writes Stuart Nevin, associate, A&L Goodbody.

Published 4 July 2019

Paul Anthony McDermott SC: Is honesty the best policy?

Barrister Paul Anthony McDermott SC comments on changes to the perjury regime.

Published 28 June 2019

Olivia O'Kane – Why do journalists protect the identity of their sources?

Olivia O'Kane explains why journalists must be able to protect the identities of their sources

Published 26 June 2019

Denise Kirwan: Victims of crime – protections for child complainants

The Victims of Crime Act 2017 transposes Directive 2012/29EU into Irish law and defines a victim as “a natural person who suffered harm including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by an offence”. Denise Kirwan, a partner in child and family law at Comyn Kelleher Tobin details the essentials of the legislation.

Published 26 June 2019

Andrea Martin: Can social media firms really regulate themselves?

Andrea Martin comments on social media regulation in the wake of the Ana Kriegel case.

Published 24 June 2019

Andrew Kirke: Uncle Sam and the red dragon

After increasingly positive noises around a potential trade deal between the USA and China (even the exchange of “beautiful letters” between presidents), recent weeks have seen both sides double down, levying increased tariffs in what many are now describing as a renewed trade war, writes Andrew Kirke.

Published 21 June 2019

Blog: Seek and Destroy - Hosting providers’ obligations to track down illegal content may be extended by European Court

Tina English and Lee O'Donovan look at a recent opinion from the European Court on the scope of 'takedown orders' imposed on host providers.

Published 21 June 2019

Andrew Kirke: Unlucky 13 – does the copyright directive spell the end for memes?

Andrew Kirke considers the controversial Copyright Directive, designed to control how copyrighted content is shared on online platforms.

Published 20 June 2019

Rossa McMahon: The issue of fraud is exaggerated by the insurance industry

Rossa McMahon, solicitor at PG McMahon Solicitors, responds to recent comments about personal injury claims and the impact on insurance costs.

Published 18 June 2019

Pat Daly: It is time to abandon the farce of settling cases without an admission of liability

Pat Daly, partner at Cantillons Solicitors in Cork, writes on settlements without admission of liability in medical negligence cases.

Published 18 June 2019

Dr Eoin Daly and Dr David Kenny: Government blocking of legislation is constitutionally dubious

Dr Eoin Daly, lecturer in law at NUI Galway, and Dr David Kenny, assistant professor of law at Trinity College Dublin, examine the Government's use of the "money message" to control legislation.

Published 14 June 2019