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Professor Colin Harvey: Uniting our shared island

Professor Colin Harvey, professor of human rights law at QUB School of Law, reflects on the impact of Brexit on the discussion of Irish unity as the UK's exit from the European Union looms.

Published 14 January 2019

Blog: Litigation funding in Ireland – is change coming?

Rosemary Ioannou, managing director at Vannin Capital, and Gavin Smith, partner at Walkers Global, examine the future of litigation funding in Ireland.

Published 11 January 2019

Máiréad Enright: Exclusion zones and possibilities for reform

Máiréad Enright, senior lecturer at Birmingham Law School and co-director of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project, sets out options for reform.

Published 11 January 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Domestic Violence and Westropp's Divorce Bill 1886

The commencement of the Domestic Violence Act 2018 brings significant changes to Ireland’s law on domestic violence, including the introduction of offences under the heading of coercive control, the court’s express consideration of the victim’s psychological and emotional welfare, and extension of the eligibility of Safety and Protection Orders to all partners in an intimate relationship.

Published 11 January 2019

Richard Grogan: Adjudication Officers appear to be misapplying working time law

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates examines cases where the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 appears to be misapplied.

Published 10 January 2019

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