Coronavirus



Around 1,200 people become citizens through temporary process

Around 1,200 people have received Irish citizenship since a new temporary citizenship process was established 10 weeks ago.

Published 12 April 2021

Prison schools to reopen next week

Prison schools are set to reopen next week under the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in prisons.

Published 12 April 2021

Courts service extends contract for 'Nightingale venue' at ICC Belfast until June

The Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS) has extended its contract for the use of the International Convention Centre (ICC) as a courts venue for a further three months.

Published 7 April 2021

One in five law firms made redundancies due to Covid-19

One in five law firms in Northern Ireland made redundancies last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research published by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Published 6 April 2021

Eugene McCague to probe Beacon Hospital vaccine row

Former Arthur Cox chief Eugene McCague has been appointed to investigate a high-profile vaccination row at Beacon Hospital.

Published 30 March 2021

Seventh extension to immigration permissions until September 2021

Immigration and international protection permissions have been temporarily extended for a further five months.

Published 29 March 2021

Temporary changes to major planning application process extended again

The temporary suspension of the requirement to hold a public event as part of pre-application community consultation on major planning applications has been extended until the end of September 2021.

Published 10 March 2021

Boris Johnson 'misled Parliament' over Covid-19 contracts

The final court order in a judicial review brought by the Good Law Project has found that Prime Minister Boris Johnson misled MPs when he said all Covid-19 contracts were "on the record for everybody to see".

Published 8 March 2021

Carson McDowell and Belfast Chamber team up for 'Re-energing Belfast' event series

Law firm Carson McDowell and Belfast Chamber of Commerce have launched a new series of events aimed at starting a debate around the future growth and development of Belfast.

Published 8 March 2021

Court of Appeal: Challenge to Covid-19 restrictions 'singularly failed to raise issues of substance'

The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision to refuse leave in judicial review proceedings which challenged the constitutionality of the Covid-19 lockdown in Ireland. The court was highly critical of the case made by the appellants, stating that the proceedings were “tendentious” and “singularly failed to raise issues of substance”.

Published 5 March 2021

Courts backlog down to 10,000 criminal cases

Northern Ireland's courts backlog has eased slightly since the height of the pandemic, with around 10,000 criminal cases outstanding at the start of February.

Published 5 March 2021

High Court: Healthcare trust acted lawfully after reducing care levels for profoundly disabled persons during pandemic

The High Court has determined that a Health and Care Trust did not act unlawfully after it reduced the level of social care to two profoundly disabled adults due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Published 4 March 2021

Restaurants gearing up for Covid-19 insurance cover battle

Restaurants are gearing up for a court battle over insurance pay-outs linked to Covid-19 following last month's landmark ruling in favour of pub owners.

Published 1 March 2021

Oireachtas rejects mandatory hotel quarantine for all inward travellers

The Oireachtas has rejected proposals to require all travellers entering Ireland to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks, instead limiting the measures to a list which currently stands at 20 countries, mostly in Africa.

Published 26 February 2021

Government blurred line between law and guidance in Covid-19 response

The Irish government has "repeatedly blurred the boundary between legal requirements and public health guidance" in its response to the Covid-19 response, according to new research.

Published 25 February 2021