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Irish Legal Heritage: Murder and Martyrdom in Rathcannon

On 30 June 1827, the nephew of a landlord was shot dead in Rathcannon, County Tipperary.

Published 2 August 2019

Professor R. Daniel Kelemen: New leaders and old problems – Brexit and the rule of law crisis

Professor R. Daniel Kelemen, professor of political science and law and Jean Monnet chair in European Union politics at Rutgers University, writes on the change of leadership in the UK and the EU.

Published 31 July 2019

Richard Grogan: Dismissed pregnant workers should bring equality claims instead of unfair dismissal claims

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates considers recent cases illustrating the different means of recourse for pregnancy-related dismissal.

Published 31 July 2019

Audrey Whyte: Luas driver re-engaged as dismissal held to be a disproportionate sanction

Audrey Whyte, associate in the employment, immigration and reward team at Lewis Silkin in Dublin, writes on a recent Labour Court decision.

Published 29 July 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Terence MacSwiney

On 25 October 1920, Terence MacSwiney died in London’s Brixton Prison after 74 days on hunger strike.

Published 26 July 2019

Martin Burns: Commercial Court requires expert witnesses to be trained as expert witnesses

Martin Burns, head of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) research and development at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, reflects on rule changes in the Northern Ireland courts.

Published 23 July 2019

Brendan Slattery: Are our planning laws failing us just when we need them most?

Brendan Slattery, partner and head of environment and planning at McCann FitzGerald, considers recent court challenges to strategic housing developments.

Published 22 July 2019

Sean O'Reilly: Smart contracts – a possible shake-up in traditional contract law

Ronan Daly Jermyn partner Sean O'Reilly and Adam McCarthy consider the implications of smart contracts.

Published 19 July 2019

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