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Two former High Court judges back anti-abortion letter

Two former High Court judges back anti-abortion letter

Two former High Court judges have signed a letter by 100 legal professionals opposing the proposed repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The letter argues that repealing article 40.3.3 would leave the unborn child without constitutional rights. It also warns that legislation proposed to follow appeal is “not simply abortion in exceptional cases but a wide-ranging […]

Dillon Eustace lawyers contribute Ireland chapter to international finance guide

Dillon Eustace lawyers contribute Ireland chapter to international finance guide

Lawyers at Dillon Eustace have contributed a chapter on alternative finance to the International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to Lending & Secured Finance 2018. Conor Houlihan, banking partner at the firm, and tax associate Richard Lacken authored the Ireland Q&A section of the sixth edition of the cross-border guide. They received assistance from colleague Elaine […]

England and Wales: Duty criminal defence solicitors heading for extinction

England and Wales: Duty criminal defence solicitors heading for extinction

Criminal defence solicitors are going the way of the dodo according to a heat map published by the Law Society, the Gazette reports. The map shows that duty solicitors in several parts of England and Wales are over 50 and that few young people are choosing the specialism. The map shows that at least six […]

Scotland: Call to involve Irish community in defining sectarianism

Scotland: Call to involve Irish community in defining sectarianism

Scotland’s Community Safety and Legal Affairs Minister Annabelle Ewing has been challenged to invite representatives of the Irish community to help draw up a legal definition of sectarianism. Ms Ewing has appointed Professor Duncan Morrow to lead an independent working group which will look at defining the term “sectarianism”. The make-up of the working group […]

Bangor Courthouse to be brought into use as community facility

Bangor Courthouse to be brought into use as community facility

The Department of Justice has announced plans to transfer Bangor Courthouse to allow it be brought into use as a community facility. The Victorian building will be transferred from Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service (NICTS) to Open House Festival (OHF) under the Northern Ireland Executive’s Community Asset Transfer (CAT) policy. The CAT process will see […]

Ireland among top in the EU for immigrant integration

Ireland among top in the EU for immigrant integration

Ireland is among the best in the European Union in terms of perceptions on immigrant integration, according to a new Eurobarometer survey. According to Special Eurobarometer 469, a recent EU-wide survey on attitudes to immigrant integration, 80 per cent of Irish people say integration “is successful in the local area or country”. This was the […]

LK Shields makes double appointment in Galway

LK Shields makes double appointment in Galway

LK Shields has announced the appointment of two new associate solicitors to its recently opened office in Galway. Cathal Hester and Sharon Pennick both join the firm’s commercial property team just six months after the firm opened its Galway office with a team of five solicitors. Mr Hester acts for landlords and tenants in the […]

Court rejects appeal brought by man turned down for citizenship on national security grounds

Court rejects appeal brought by man turned down for citizenship on national security grounds

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an Iranian man’s appeal against a refusal by the State to allow him to become an Irish citizen on national security grounds. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, does not know the basis for the conclusion that his application for naturalisation is contrary to national security […]

Department of Justice to consult on legislation to tackle anti-social behaviour

Department of Justice to consult on legislation to tackle anti-social behaviour

Northern Ireland’s Department of Justice has launched a public consultation on proposals to address anti-social behaviour. Produced in partnership with the PSNI, the consultation includes proposals for measures to address persistent offending; a facility to place restriction on public places; powers to provide police or local council to close premises that have been a source […]

Penal reform group calls for urgent action on violence in prison

Penal reform group calls for urgent action on violence in prison

Violence in Irish prisons is unacceptable and needs to be “addressed urgently”, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said. Deirdre Malone, executive director of the IPRT, said there needed to be “a multi-level approach which addresses the root causes of such violence”. A review of assaults on prison staff published by the State Claims […]