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Amnesty condemns Russia over crackdown on Kremlin critics

Amnesty condemns Russia over crackdown on Kremlin critics

A human rights group has condemned Russian authorities’ blocking of five websites run by the Open Russia movement founded by the former Russian prisoner of conscience and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Amnesty International’s deputy director for Europe and Central Asia, Denis Krivosheev, said the Russian authorities were “clearly targeting” Open Russia in a “bid to suffocate dissent and pluralism in […]

Ronan Daly Jermyn appoints structural engineer as construction consultant

Ronan Daly Jermyn appoints structural engineer as construction consultant

Ronan Daly Jermyn has announced the appointment of Denise Kennedy as a consultant in the firm’s construction team. Ms Kennedy is a chartered engineer with over 21 years’ experience working in the Irish construction industry. In recent years, she has been project director and lead technical advisor on numerous Design Build and PPP Projects and […]

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 […]

Magilligan Prison inspection findings ‘immensely encouraging’

Magilligan Prison inspection findings ‘immensely encouraging’

A new report on Magilligan Prison has highlighted the positive work ongoing around prisoner rehabilitation and has described the progress made at the facility since it was last inspected as “immensely encouraging”. A surprise inspection by Brendan McGuigan, Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland, and Peter Clarke, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons […]

England: BME students less likely to secure pupillage than white students

New research from the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has revealed that BME students are less successful in obtaining pupillage than white students. The BSB said its two new reports offer important insights into current issues in education and training for qualification as a barrister. The first report examines students’ performance on the compulsory Bar Professional Training […]

Libya: European countries ‘complicit’ in horrific abuse of refugees and migrants

Libya: European countries ‘complicit’ in horrific abuse of refugees and migrants

European governments are knowingly “complicit” in the torture and exploitation of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by the Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions, Amnesty International has said in a new report. In a 66-page report – Libya’s dark web of collusion – Amnesty shows how European governments are actively supporting a […]

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. […]