Coronavirus



Legal experts criticise lack of transparency in Covid-19 law-making

Legal experts have urged the government to clarify its relationship with NPHET and ensure democratic oversight of public health measures introduced to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland.

Published 4 August 2021

First prison inspections since Covid-19 warn of 'complacency'

The first prison inspection reports published since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic have warned of a "sense of complacency" in the prison service, with increased restrictions at risk of becoming "the new norm".

Published 4 August 2021

Head of judges' body backs call for 17 more High Court judges

The president of the Association of Judges of Ireland (AJI) has backed Ms Justice Mary Irvine's call for the appointment of 17 more High Court judges to deal with the Covid-19 backlog.

Published 3 August 2021

Matthew Howse: Litigation trends in the post-Covid world

Matthew Howse, partner at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, considers whether resort to litigation will become more common again as we move into the post-Covid world.

Published 14 July 2021

Bill for phased opening of indoor hospitality to be introduced within days

Legislation to allow for the phased reopening of indoor hospitality will be brought to the Oireachtas in the coming days, ministers have announced.

Published 13 July 2021

Bill to restrict indoor dining to vaccinated customers only

Legislation to allow fully vaccinated people to eat and drink indoors is set to go before the Dáil and Seanad next week.

Published 9 July 2021

FBD quantum hearing opens before High Court

The hearing to determine what losses four publicans who won test actions against FBD's failure to pay out on business disruption claims caused by Covid-19 are entitled to has opened before the High Court.

Published 7 July 2021

Covid-19 and end of 'Brexit effect' led to fall in solicitor and barrister admissions

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsiding of the "Brexit effect" led to a slowing in the number of solicitors and barristers admitted to practise last year, according to the Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA).

Published 30 June 2021

Protections for commercial tenants extended for three more months

Emergency protection for tenants having difficulty paying rent on commercial leases as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has been extended for a further three months.

Published 29 June 2021

Nightingale court venue contract extended until September

The contract for the use of Belfast's International Convention Centre (ICC) as a courts venue has been extended for a further two months.

Published 24 June 2021

Temporary entry and transit visa restrictions lifted

Temporary entry and transit visa restrictions that came into effect at the end of January have been lifted.

Published 16 June 2021

Black Lives Matter protesters will not be prosecuted

Black Lives Matter protesters facing charges under Covid-19 regulations have been told they will not be prosecuted.

Published 3 June 2021

Study: Legislation should ensure Covid-19 status certificates are temporary

Lawmakers around the world should include “sunset clauses” in legislation to ensure Covid-19 health status certificates are only used during the pandemic, a new study says.

Published 28 May 2021

Civil liberties campaigners challenge case for renewing Covid-19 legislation

There should be an "extensive review" of emergency Covid-19 legislation before any further renewal, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 26 May 2021

Virtual AGMs to be allowed until end of year

Legislation allowing companies to hold virtual annual general meetings (AGMs) during the Covid-19 pandemic has been extended until the end of the year.

Published 20 May 2021