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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

Irish Legal Heritage: The imprisonment of Ladies Land Leaguer Hannah Reynolds

On 23 December 1881, 21-year-old Hannah Reynolds was sentenced at the Petty Sessions court to 28 days in Cork gaol for her work with the Ladies Land League.

Published 1 March 2019

Alison Cassidy: Latest personal injury guidelines a significant one-off change

Alison Cassidy, partner at BLM in Belfast, examines the latest personal injury guidelines for Northern Ireland.

Published 27 February 2019

Richard Grogan: Do you bring a Payment of Wages Act claim or a breach of contract claim?

Employment law solicitor Richard Grogan of Richard Grogan & Associates writes on an anomaly as to whether wages claims should be brought in the Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court or in the main Irish courts.

Published 25 February 2019

Jason O'Sullivan: Was the Brexit timeline always unrealistic? Back in 1982, it took Greenland three years to leave

Jason O'Sullivan, principal and founder of J.O.S Solicitors, compares the Brexit timetable to the time taken to negotiate Greenland's exit from the EEC.

Published 22 February 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: The Civic Guard and An Garda Síochána

After the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed on 6 December 1921, the Provisional Government began the process of disbanding the Royal Irish Constabulary. In February 1922, Michael Collins began to recruit for the Civic Guard, which would later be named An Garda Síochána – “the guardian of the peace”.

Published 22 February 2019

Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn: Asda’s slogan is ‘Save Money, Live Better’ – but who is really saving?

Toni Fitzgerald-Gunn, associate partner at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, writes on the recent equal pay case involving supermarket Asda.

Published 18 February 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: Pat Finucane

Human rights lawyer Pat Finucane was murdered in his home in North Belfast on 12 February 1989. Pat was shot 14 times and his wife, Geraldine, was injured in the shooting, which was witnessed by their children as they hid underneath a table.

Published 15 February 2019

Naomi Gaston: Lost password costs £105 million

Naomi Gaston, senior associate at Mills Selig, writes on the importance of security at major cryptocurrency exchanges.

Published 8 February 2019

John Kelly: What should employers do about criminal offences outside work?

John Kelly, solicitor at Worthingtons Solicitors in Belfast, explores the response of employers to criminal offences committed outside of work.

Published 5 February 2019