Ireland

Worldwide publishing body calls for Irish defamation reform

Worldwide publishing body calls for Irish defamation reform

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has called for reform of Ireland’s defamation laws to strengthen freedom of expression, The Irish Times reports. At a board meeting in New York, the Association expressed “dismay” that defamation awards in Ireland are often up to ten times higher than comparable awards in neighbouring jurisdictions. […]

Border poll clarity challenge brought by NI victims campaigner

Border poll clarity challenge brought by NI victims campaigner

A victims’ rights campaigner has launched a High Court challenge over the Irish State’s alleged failure to have or disclose any policies it has on the calling of a border poll in Northern Ireland. The result of such a vote would determine if Northern Ireland unites with the Republic or remains part of the UK. […]

Fewer than half of drink-driving prosecutions result in conviction

Fewer than half of drink-driving prosecutions result in conviction

Fewer than half of drink-driving prosecutions brought last year resulted in a conviction, according to a new RTÉ investigation. The conviction rate in the District Court was just 58 per cent, but summonses were not served in another 1,000 cases, resulting in an overall conviction rate of 48 per cent. The figure was revealed in […]

Dillon Eustace appoints three partners and new secretarial head

Dillon Eustace appoints three partners and new secretarial head

Dillon Eustace has announced the appointment of three new partners in its asset management and investment funds team as well as the appointment of a new head of company secretarial. The firm said the latest appoints come at a time of continued momentum for the firm, closely following appointments in real estate and banking. Shane […]

OSM Partners appoint four new senior associates

OSM Partners appoint four new senior associates

OSM Partners has announced the appointment of four new senior associates within the firm’s corporate and commercial litigation, mortgage litigation, property, and personal insolvency practices. Andrew Croughan has been appointed senior associate and leads the firm’s personal insolvency practice. Mr Croughan has over 10 years’ experience advising on commercial litigation, dispute resolution and personal insolvency. […]

Barristers welcome Friday’s Brexit agreement

Barristers welcome Friday’s Brexit agreement

The chiefs of The Bar of Ireland and The Bar of Northern Ireland have welcomed Friday’s Brexit agreement between the UK and EU. In a statement, chairpersons Paul McGarry SC and Liam McCollum QC said they welcomed “the recognition and protection afforded to the relevant key legal provisions”. The statement continued: “Both The Bar of Northern […]

Tributes paid to Mr Justice Gilligan on last day as chancery judge

Tributes paid to Mr Justice Gilligan on last day as chancery judge

Tributes have been paid to Mr Justice Paul Gilligan on his final day as the judge in charge of the High Court’s busy chancery division. The judge, who was appointed to the bench 15 years ago, moves to the Court of Appeal. Leading the comments, Mark Connaughton SC said the judge had always shown great […]

Traveller ethnicity recognition statement has ‘no legal effect’

Traveller ethnicity recognition statement has ‘no legal effect’

A statement in the Dáil in which former Taoiseach Enda Kenny recognised Traveller ethnicity has no legal effect, a High Court judge has said. Mr Justice Robert Eager made the remarks in a case concerning a homeless Traveller family appealing to Clare County Coucil for housing after their previous home burned down. They wanted to […]

Victims’ rights campaigners highlight case of victim told ‘not to cry’ in court

Victims’ rights campaigners highlight case of victim told ‘not to cry’ in court

Victims’ rights campaigners have highlighted the ordeal of a child sex abuse survivor instructed not to cry in court, the Irish Examiner reports. Maria McDonald BL, co-founder of the Victims’ Rights Alliance, told the Irish Observatory on Violence against Women on Friday that the cross-examination in the case was “brutal”. Ms McDonald said: “I’ve been involved […]

Lawyers share ‘grave concerns’ over personal injury report recommendations

Lawyers share ‘grave concerns’ over personal injury report recommendations

Lawyers specialising in personal injury cases have voiced “grave concern” over the Personal Injuries Commission’s first recommendations to the Government. A report presented to Cabinet yesterday recommends a standardised approach to the diagnosis, treatment and reporting of soft tissue injuries, the Irish Independent reports. The commission, chaired by Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, also recommends that […]