Coronavirus

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Temporary entry and transit visa restrictions that came into effect at the end of January have been lifted. The decision will benefit travellers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Suriname and Uruguay.

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Black Lives Matter protesters facing charges under Covid-19 regulations have been told they will not be prosecuted. The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said it had concluded that the test for prosecution was not met in respect of any of 14 suspects on evidential grounds.

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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. Safeguards should be in place to guarantee against the risks posed to people’s privacy and human rights by ne

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There should be an "extensive review" of emergency Covid-19 legislation before any further renewal, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said. Ministers have proposed a six-month extension of the powers outlined in the Health (Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in t

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Legislation allowing companies to hold virtual annual general meetings (AGMs) during the Covid-19 pandemic has been extended until the end of the year. The Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Act 2020 makes temporary amendments to the Companies Act 2014 and the Industrial and Provident S

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Matthew Howse, partner at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, reflects on the UK's recently announced Covid public inquiry and what it means for Northern Ireland. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that an independent public inquiry into the handling of the Covid pandemic will be held in Spring

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At least 19 prisoners and a number of staff at Mountjoy Prison have contracted Covid-19 in the biggest outbreak in the Irish prison system to date. The Irish Prison Service (IPS) yesterday confirmed that it had identified 19 cases among prisoners, though the number could rise as tests are ongoing.

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In a dramatic U-turn, the US government has signalled its support for waiving intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines and medical tools to help developing countries tackle the global pandemic. The waiver was first proposed by India and South Africa last October in a detailed submissi

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Justice should continue to be administered in person after the pandemic, The Bar of Ireland, the Bar Council of Northern Ireland, the Faculty of Advocates and the Bar Council of England and Wales have said. The four bars said in a statement that they recognised "the justice system has undergone chan

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The High Court has delivered a further judgment in the landmark FBD case involving publicans claiming insurance cover for losses arising from the pandemic. In this second case, the court outlined that cover would be available for partial closures of the pubs’ premises due to the pandemic, rath

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The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) held 2,000 fewer adjudication hearings last year than it otherwise would have due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to its annual report for 2020, the WRC held 1,899 adjudication hearings last year, 1,609 of which were face-to-face and 290 which were virtua

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The mandatory hotel quarantine system should be suspended if serious human rights issues are not addressed, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said. Travellers arriving in Ireland from designated states are required by law to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility,

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The introduction of so-called vaccine passports in Northern Ireland could lead to the introduction of ID cards by the back door, a human rights NGO has warned. The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) states in a detailed briefing that there is an "arguable case" that a vaccine passport

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