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High Court: Decision to amend waste discharge licence was ultra vires the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency

An environmental activist has been granted a declaration that the Environmental Protection Agency acted ultra vires its powers in 2017 when it granted Irish Water a technical amendment to a licence granted in 2012, which effectively allowed it to regularise ongoing breaches to the licence conditions.

Published 19 February 2019

Law Society expands legal education programme in Irish prisons

The Law Society of Ireland has expanded an initiative that sees trainee solicitors teach prisoners about the law.

Published 19 February 2019

Head of Irish asylum office elected to chair key European asylum body

The head of Ireland's International Protection Office (IPO) has been elected to chair the management board of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

Published 19 February 2019

Human rights commission to intervene in 'right to silence' case

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has been granted leave by the Supreme Court to exercise its amicus curiae function in a significant case examining the right to silence when a person is questioned as part of a criminal investigation.

Published 19 February 2019

Council to seek legal advice on 'safe zones' around abortion facilities

Louth City Council is to seek legal advice on a proposed bye-law to prevent anti-abortion campaigners from targeting healthcare facilities offering abortion services.

Published 19 February 2019

#InPictures: Northern Ireland hosts representatives of Law Societies from the Four Jurisdictions

Representatives of the four solicitor professions in the UK and Ireland have met in Belfast to discuss issues affecting lawyers across their jurisdictions.

Published 19 February 2019

Limerick solicitors raised over €42,000 for charity in 2018

The Limerick Solicitors Bar Association (LSBA) raised over €42,000 for local and national charities last year.

Published 19 February 2019

Organisations recognised in Plain English Awards sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran

The winners of the Plain English Awards for Ireland, sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran, have been announced by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

Published 19 February 2019

England: Jail terms of less than six months to be banned

Jail terms of under six months are set to be banned in England and Wales under long-term plans announced by Justice Secretary David Gauke.

Published 19 February 2019

US: New York City to recognise hairstyle-based racial discrimination

New guidelines to be released this week will recognise racial discrimination against people on the basis of their hairstyle, the New York Times reports.

Published 19 February 2019

And finally... diamond in the rough

A Northern Ireland man has been jailed for stealing a diamond ring – by swallowing it.

Published 19 February 2019

High Court: Damages for mental distress caused by wrongful death to be paid to surviving dependant only

Damages for mental distress in a case brought by the statutory dependants of a woman who died as a result of alleged negligence must be paid only to the sole surviving dependant in circumstances where the second dependant died since the proceedings commenced.

Published 18 February 2019

Revised guidelines for personal injury damages to be published

A revised edition of the Green Book, which sets out judicial guidelines on damages in personal injury cases in Northern Ireland, will take effect next week.

Published 18 February 2019

Supreme Court to sit in Galway for first time

The Supreme Court is set to sit in Galway for the first time next month.

Published 18 February 2019

MPs call for domestic abuse law to be extended to Northern Ireland

A cross-party group of MPs is calling on the UK Government to extend new domestic abuse legislation to Northern Ireland.

Published 18 February 2019