Blogs



Andrew Desmond: Data Protection Commission finds prison security system in breach of GDPR

Andrew Desmond, associate at William Fry, examines a recent investigation by the Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Published 5 November 2020

Eamon Gilmore: European Court of Human Rights has driven social change in Ireland

Eamon Gilmore marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Published 4 November 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Sketching a legal system

What's in a legal system? Benjamin Bestgen supplies the principal ingredients. See his last primer here.

Published 4 November 2020

Blog: U.S. v Google – what relevance for Ireland?

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DoJ”) civil lawsuit against Google, filed at the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the “District Court”) on 20 October 2020, is a first step in what will doubtless be lengthy, highly contentious litigation.

Published 29 October 2020

Caitríona Harte: Temporary moratorium on residential evictions for duration of level 5 restrictions

The Residential Tenancies Act 2020 (the “RTA 20”) temporarily prevents the eviction of residential tenants (in all but exceptional cases) from taking place during Level 5 restrictions. The RTA 20, which was signed into law Saturday 24 October, is the latest in a number of temporary measures taken by the government since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic aimed at mitigating the impact of the pandemic and restrictions on residential tenants.

Published 29 October 2020

Blog: Supreme Court rules public bodies must justify refusals to disclose exempted records under FOI Act

On 25 September 2020, the Supreme Court ruled in two separate judgments that where a public body decides not to disclose certain records (on the basis of an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (the “Act”)). The reasons for the decision must be fully explained, and the public body must be in a position to justify why the public interest is not better served by the release of the records, write Colin Rooney, Ciara Anderson and Caoimhe Stafford.

Published 28 October 2020

Claire Edgar: High Court in Belfast rules on Hague Convention case

Claire Edgar of Francis Hanna & Co Solicitors examines a recent case concerning the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Published 22 October 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Law and nanoscience

Benjamin Bestgen considers how the law might grapple with nanoscience. See his last jurisprudential primer here.

Published 21 October 2020

Félim Ó Maolmhána: The politics of the Supreme Court of the United States

Félim Ó Maolmhána explores the drama surrounding Trump's proposed appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Published 15 October 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Taxation

Leo Mattersdorf, friend and accountant of Albert Einstein, claimed the great physicist once said to him during a meal that "the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax". Benjamin Bestgen this week takes a look at this divisive subject. See last week's jurisprudential primer here.

Published 14 October 2020

Blog: High Court reviews its strike-off role for legal practitioners

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP partner Niall Michel and trainee Kate Moloney consider a ruling in which the High Court confirmed its role in reviewing the findings of misconduct.

Published 13 October 2020

Ronan Hynes: Back to the future – the growth of litigation technology

Ronan Hynes, partner at Sellors LLP, considers the accelerated growth of litigation technology arising out of Covid-19.

Published 7 October 2020

Benjamin Bestgen: Power and public discourse (Free Speech III)

In the third of his articles on free speech, Benjamin Bestgen stresses that freedom of expression must be examined in context. See his last piece here.

Published 7 October 2020

Dr Laura Cahillane: Denham report will increase attention on judicial conduct committee

Dr Laura Cahillane, lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Limerick, considers the Denham report.

Published 2 October 2020

Conor Fottrell: The delicate balance of reporting childcare cases

Conor Fottrell, partner at Mason Hayes & Curran LLP, considers the key issues in reporting childcare cases in the media.

Published 2 October 2020