Coronavirus

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Denmark has become the first country in the world to announce an official "vaccine passport" scheme allowing those vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel abroad. From the end of February, those holding the so-called "corona passport" will be able to travel abroad, relieving pressure on companies whos

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Juries should be cut from 12 members to seven in order to clear the Covid-19 backlog of criminal cases in England and Wales, Labour has said. The call follows a joint report from the police, prosecutors, prisons and probation inspectorates, which said the "unprecedented and very serious" backlog in

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Lawyers acting for Sir Van Morrison have launched a legal challenge against the blanket ban on live music in licensed premises in Northern Ireland. Belfast-based John J Rice & Co Solicitors is acting for the famous musician in a judicial review which argues the ban, which dates back to the begin

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The "unprecedented and very serious" backlog in the criminal courts due to the Covid-19 pandemic poses a serious risk to the criminal justice system, the four justice watchdogs in England and Wales have warned. In a joint report, the police, prosecutors, prisons and probation inspectorates expressed

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The "Nightingale venue" established at the International Convention Centre in Belfast (ICC) to facilitate court and tribunals business has hosted a hearing for the first time. The ICC became a Nightingale venue two weeks ago but had only hosted jury empanelment until yesterday, when it hosted a Coro

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Legal rights group FLAC has criticised ministers for giving "contradictory and confusing explanations" for the retrospective taxation of the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys told RTÉ's News at One that the government has "always been clea

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee has today opened a temporary system which will enable citizenship applicants to complete their naturalisation process by signing a statutory declaration of loyalty. This signed statutory declaration replaces the requirement for citizenship applicants to attend citizens

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Jason O'Sullivan, solicitor and public affairs consultant at J.O.S Solicitors, examines the dilemma employers will face when they encounter employees who refuse to take the vaccine and what measures they should take to deal with them. As the rollout continues with the Covid-19 vaccinations, its welc

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Disabled people are being "left behind" and excluded from decision-making when it comes to Covid-19 planning by the State, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has warned. The watchdog pointed to the issue of school closures and disabled students’ specific educational needs as the la

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