Articles



Colum Kenny: We need to reboot contract law for the web

Colum Kenny, professor emeritus of communications at Dublin City University (DCU) and a qualified barrister, writes on the legal challenges posed by online privacy.

Published 3 April 2019

Matthew Howse: The winds of change for commercial litigation in Northern Ireland

Matthew Howse, partner in dispute resolution and litigation at Eversheds Sutherland in Belfast, writes on the latest commercial litigation developments in Northern Ireland.

Published 2 April 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Ireland’s Alcatraz

After several decades as a military fort, and a much earlier history of being a monastic settlement, Spike Island was converted into a prison in 1847.

Published 29 March 2019

Richard Grogan: Adjudication Officer right to admit award is beyond their competence

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on the competence of the Adjudication Officer to determine certain sums.

Published 27 March 2019

Rachel Penny: Employees should benefit from increased transparency over NDAs

Rachel Penny, employment partner at Carson McDowell, considers the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to cover up wrongdoing in the workplace.

Published 27 March 2019

Joanne Finn: Google “Ads” the cost of another fine – do competition regulators agree on digital markets?

Joanne Finn looks at the latest fine imposed on search giant Google and how such decisions are affecting market regulation.

Published 26 March 2019

John Dugdale: Landmark housing ruling reinforces need to consider contracts in full

John Dugdale, associate at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, writes on a landmark court ruling Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) ruling.

Published 22 March 2019

Lisa Quinn O'Flaherty: Lawyers can also help to solve our climate crisis

Lisa Quinn O'Flaherty, solicitor at Fitzsimons Redmond and a Climate Ambassador for Irish environmental charity An Taisce, writes for Irish Legal News on how lawyers can help to solve our climate crisis.

Published 21 March 2019

Professor Thom Brooks: Bercow's Brexit decision is legally correct

Thom Brooks, Dean and professor of law and government at Durham Law School, writes on the latest development in the Brexit saga.

Published 19 March 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Rosemary Nelson

Twenty years ago today, on Monday 15 March 1999, human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries. A bomb had been attached to the underneath of her car, and detonated when she pressed the brakes as she reached the bottom of the road from her home as she drove to her office in Lurgan.

Published 15 March 2019

International Women’s Day 2019 – Balance for Better

Cathy Smith, a barrister practising in employment and company law and a committee member of the Irish Women Lawyers Association (IWLA), writes for Irish Legal News on International Women's Day 2019.

Published 8 March 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Maud Gonne and The Famine Queen

Having witnessed evictions in 1885 which she described as the “wholesale destruction of the little houses of the people”, Maud Gonne said this “changed the whole course” of her life, transforming her from a “carefree society girl into a woman of set purpose”, determined to free Ireland from the British Empire.

Published 8 March 2019

Laura Keogh: The compatibility of the Public Services Card with the EU GDPR

Barrister Laura L. Keogh, author of Data Protection Compliance: A Guide to GDPR and Irish Data Protection Law, writes for Irish Legal News on the Public Services Card (PSC) - which contains an individual's name, signature, PPS number, card number and facial image - and its compatibility with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Published 7 March 2019

Dr Tom Hickey: Spectre of litigation hovers over parliamentarians after Kerins judgment

Dr Tom Hickey, assistant professor at DCU School of Law and Government, reflects on the Supreme Court's recent judgment in Kerins v McGuinness & Ors [2019] IESC 11.

Published 4 March 2019

Dr Geraldine O'Hare: The Enhanced Combination Order in Northern Ireland

Dr Geraldine O'Hare, director of rehabilitation at the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, writes on the success of the Enhanced Combination Order pilot.

Published 1 March 2019