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Irish Legal Heritage: Typhoid Mary

Last week marked 80 years since the death of Mary Mallon, who, after over 26 years of imprisonment, died in an isolation hospital on North Brother Island in New York. Mary’s incarceration was not the consequence of being convicted of any crime, but was instead the reaction to her being identified as an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever.

Published 16 November 2018

Patrick Walshe: Social media to be next big legal minefield for firms

Patrick Walshe, partner in the employment and pensions group at Dublin firm Philip Lee, writes on the challenges posed to employers by social media.

Published 15 November 2018

Elaine Motion: Brexit case highlights how language matters in both law and politics

Elaine Motion, executive chairman at Scottish law firm Balfour+Manson, writes on the significance of language in the Article 50 case currently before the Scottish courts.

Published 12 November 2018

Irish Legal Heritage: The Ballot Act of 1872

The secret ballot was introduced in Britain and Ireland in July 1972 by the Ballot Act of 1872, with the aim of mitigating the effects of bribery, intimidation, and coercion in elections.

Published 9 November 2018

Peter Groarke: Finding a balance in introducing legislation

Peter Groarke, associate solicitor in the healthcare team at Ronan Daly Jermyn, writes on the legislative process.

Published 8 November 2018

Dr Vincent Power: Brexit deal will only be the start of the process

Dr Vincent Power, head of the EU, competition and procurement group at A&L Goodbody, considers the likely outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

Published 6 November 2018

Richard Grogan: What does the law say about holding disciplinary hearings?

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on a recent High Court case on the importance of fair procedures.

Published 5 November 2018

Irish Legal Heritage: Pitchcapping

During the United Irishman Rebellion of 1798, one of the forms of torture used by the British on suspected Irish rebels – or Croppies – was pitchcapping. Victims were subjected to "caps" full of boiling tar, or "pitch", and gunpowder, forced on their heads and set alight.

Published 2 November 2018

Niamh Magee: Could watchdogs crack down on social media endorsements? #spon #af #ad

Niamh Magee, associate in the corporate team at Carson McDowell, writes on a new investigation into celebrity and social media endorsements.

Published 1 November 2018

Matthew Scott: ECtHR blasphemy law judgment is dreadful

The BarristerBlogger, Matthew Scott, takes a comprehensive look at the European Court of Human Rights' recent blasphemy judgment and finds it severely wanting.

Published 31 October 2018

Alan Desmond: Regularisation needed to protect undocumented migrants from exploitation

Alan Desmond, lecturer at Leicester Law School, sets out the legal context to two recent high-profile deportation cases.

Published 30 October 2018

Irish Legal Heritage: President Ó’Dálaigh’s resignation

With the sudden passing of Erskine Childers in November 1974, Cearbhall Ó'Dálaigh was nominated as the sole presidential candidate by the three main political parties of the time, becoming the fifth President of Ireland in December 1974. During Ó'Dálaigh's presidency, Liam Cosgrave served as Taoiseach in the Fine Gael-Labour Government. The tensions between Cosgrave as the leader of Fine Gael, and Ó'Dálaigh as a president with a Fianna Fáil background, ultimately led to a constitutional crisis and Ó'Dálaigh's resignation.

Published 26 October 2018

Donal Dunne: When are witness statements no longer privileged?

Donal Dunne, associate in the dispute resolution team at Eugene F. Collins, writes on a recent High Court decision clarifying Irish law on litigation privilege over witness statements.

Published 25 October 2018

Richard Grogan: Can a union official give legal advice?

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on a recent case clarifying the role of trade union officials in providing legal advice.

Published 24 October 2018

Irish Legal Heritage: Blasphemy law in Ireland

Under Article 40.6.1(i) of the Constitution of Ireland, the ‘publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offence which shall be punishable in accordance with law’. Pursuant to this mandate, Section 31(1) of the Defamation Act 2009 states that ‘a person who publishes or utters blasphemous matter shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding €25,000.

Published 19 October 2018