Michelle Cronin: Both family and criminal lawyers must get to grips with new domestic violence law

Michelle Cronin, solicitor at Comyn Kelleher Tobin (CKT), sets out the significance of the newly-commenced Domestic Violence Act 2018.

Published 10 January 2019

Fergal Mullins: Judicial criticism of solicitors making medical referrals without GP input

Fergal Mullins, solicitor in the healthcare team at Hayes solicitors, writes on recent cases where solicitors sent their clients for medical assessments.

Published 7 January 2019

Josepha Madigan: Legislation should help those who have separated move on in a humane way

Minister Josepha Madigan, a qualified solicitor and family mediator, writes on the case for divorce reform in the State.

Published 3 January 2019

Barry Kelleher: Courts expect common sense from personal injury plaintiffs

Barry Kelleher, solicitor at Comyn Kelleher Tobin, analyses a recent High Court judgment proposing greater personal responsibility and common sense in personal injuries claims.

Published 19 December 2018

Irish Legal Heritage: Irish Women’s Franchise League and the Irish Citizen

In November 1908, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Margaret Cousins, along with their husbands Francis and James, founded the Irish Women’s Franchise League (IWFL). The primary aim of the IWFL was for women to be afforded the right to vote on the same terms as men, and a particular aim was to guarantee this was included in the Irish Home Rule Bill. Reflecting the aims of the non-party society, their slogans were “Suffrage First – Before All Else” and “Home Rule for Irishwomen as well as Irishmen” (Ward, 1982).

Published 18 December 2018

Joanelle O'Cleirigh: Extension of phone tapping powers on the regulatory horizon?

Partner Joanelle O'Cleirigh and associates Alan Coyne and Tara Roche at Arthur Cox in Dublin write on the future of surveillance in Ireland.

Published 14 December 2018

Michael Murphy: Architects' liability – managing risk in an increasingly challenging environment

Michael Murphy, a litigation partner at HOMS Solicitors, writes on liability for breach of care and duty of architects and technicians who certify works under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BCAR).

Published 14 December 2018

Professor Stephen Tierney: Article 50 decision calls into question political neutrality of the CJEU

Stephen Tierney, professor of constitutional theory at Edinburgh University, comments on today's Brexit judgment from the CJEU.

Published 10 December 2018

Irish Legal Heritage: Constance Markievicz

The general election of December 1918 was the first time that women were able to exercise their right to vote in Britain and Ireland. Although the Representation of the People Act 1918 did not provide for equal voting rights – it was only female property owners over the age of 30 who were allowed to vote – it was a momentous victory for British and Irish Suffragettes. Of seventeen female candidates in Britain and Ireland, Constance Markievicz was the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons.

Published 7 December 2018

Lyndy Cantillon: Facts on the Health Service Executive's X-ray debacle

Lyndy Cantillon comments on a recent health debacle which saw patients' X-rays misread.

Published 6 December 2018

Richard Grogan: Employment law in turmoil after landmark EU ruling

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes for Irish Legal News following a landmark ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Published 5 December 2018

Professor Steven Peers: Revoking the notice to withdraw from the EU?

Professor Steven Peers of University of Essex School of Law explains and comments on today's opinion from Advocate General Sánchez-Bordona on the revocability of Article 50.

Published 4 December 2018

Irish Legal Heritage: Billy in the bowl

Navigating the streets of Dublin in a wooden bowl fortified with iron, "Billy in the bowl", as he was so nicknamed, was born without legs and said to have been blessed with a handsome face. Using this to his advantage, Billy was "one of those curious beggars who frequented fairs and public places, where he picked up a good deal of money" (Collins, 1913). However, Billy wanted more and so he created a cunning act to part people from their possessions.

Published 3 December 2018

Richard Grogan: Judgment brings sea change for employers and employees

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on a recent judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) with significant ramifications for Irish employment law.

Published 29 November 2018

Lyn McCarthy: New bill will modernise Irish coronial law

Lyn McCarthy, associate solicitor in the healthcare team at Hayes Solicitors, sets out in full the Government's proposed reforms to Irish coronial law.

Published 29 November 2018