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Irish Legal Heritage: Richard Pigott and the Forgeries Commission

Richard Pigott was a journalist who worked with several nationalist newspapers across the island of Ireland, including the Ulsterman and the Nation. For most of his life, Pigott appeared to support the Fenian movement and had been imprisoned for seditious libels on the government during his career.

Published 19 July 2019

Mark O'Shaughnessy: The obligations on social media platforms to remove defamatory content may be increasing

Mark O'Shaughnessy, partner in the litigation and dispute resolution team at ByrneWallace, writes on defamation and social media.

Published 18 July 2019

Richard Grogan: Short-term illnesses do not amount to a disability under discrimination law

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates clarifies some key points on the law of disability discrimination.

Published 18 July 2019

Karyn Harty: Why a growing number of 'libel tourists' could be making their way to our shores

Karyn Harty, partner in dispute resolution and litigation at McCann FitzGerald, considers the impact of defamation reform in Britain on litigation in Ireland.

Published 17 July 2019

John Dugdale: 'Smash & grab' debate set to continue in the UK Supreme Court

John Dugdale, associate at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, writes on the latest legal developments concerning "smash & grab" adjudications.

Published 15 July 2019

Niall Neligan: Opponents of cannabis regulation should consider the evidence

Niall Neligan, lecturer in criminal law and drug policy regulation at the School of Law, Languages & Social Sciences at Technological University Dublin, contributes to the debate around cannabis and the law.

Published 15 July 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Irish Women Patrols

The Garda Síochána Act 1958 provided for the admission of women to membership of An Garda Síochána, and this month marks the 60th anniversary of women joining An Garda Síochána. However, the 12 Ban Ghardaí appointed on 10 July 1959 were not the first female police officers in Ireland.

Published 12 July 2019

Conor Gearty – The British constitution, Brexit and human rights

The flexibility of the British constitution, once thought to be such a strength, has played a large part in destroying the country. In this edited version of a recent lecture delivered in Cambridge, Professor Conor Gearty (LSE) explains why he now believes more than ever that only the experience of no-deal will bring Britain to its senses.

Published 5 July 2019

Adverse possession – new law in landmark decision

The long standing test concerning the legal possession of land has been challenged in the landmark case of Thorpe v Frank [2019] EWCA Civ 150, writes Stuart Nevin, associate, A&L Goodbody.

Published 4 July 2019

Paul Anthony McDermott SC: Is honesty the best policy?

Barrister Paul Anthony McDermott SC comments on changes to the perjury regime.

Published 28 June 2019

Olivia O'Kane – Why do journalists protect the identity of their sources?

Olivia O'Kane explains why journalists must be able to protect the identities of their sources

Published 26 June 2019

Denise Kirwan: Victims of crime – protections for child complainants

The Victims of Crime Act 2017 transposes Directive 2012/29EU into Irish law and defines a victim as “a natural person who suffered harm including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by an offence”. Denise Kirwan, a partner in child and family law at Comyn Kelleher Tobin details the essentials of the legislation.

Published 26 June 2019

Andrea Martin: Can social media firms really regulate themselves?

Andrea Martin comments on social media regulation in the wake of the Ana Kriegel case.

Published 24 June 2019

Andrew Kirke: Uncle Sam and the red dragon

After increasingly positive noises around a potential trade deal between the USA and China (even the exchange of “beautiful letters” between presidents), recent weeks have seen both sides double down, levying increased tariffs in what many are now describing as a renewed trade war, writes Andrew Kirke.

Published 21 June 2019

Blog: Seek and Destroy - Hosting providers’ obligations to track down illegal content may be extended by European Court

Tina English and Lee O'Donovan look at a recent opinion from the European Court on the scope of 'takedown orders' imposed on host providers.

Published 21 June 2019