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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. A comprehensive 142-page report from the Covid-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory at Trinity College Dublin

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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". The Office of the Inspector of Prisons yesterday published four thematic inspection re

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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. Mr Justice David Barniville told The Sunday Times that "there aren’t really enough hours in the day for a lot

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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. Back in March 2020, the pandemic brought a halt to all but the most urgent legal proceedings in the Northern Irish courts. Courts had

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Legislation to allow for the phased reopening of indoor hospitality will be brought to the Oireachtas in the coming days, ministers have announced. Restrictions on indoor restaurant or bar services will be eased for those who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six month

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Legislation to allow fully vaccinated people to eat and drink indoors is set to go before the Dáil and Seanad next week. The government is proposing to amend the Health Act 1947 to allow people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to eat and drink inside restaurants and pubs.

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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. The actions have been taken by Aberken, trading as Sinnott's Bar; Hyper Trust Ltd, trading as T

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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. Section 83 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 which was first applied at the end of March 2020, has been extended until 30 September 2021, g

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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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