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High Court: Convicted murderer who was found with knife and blades in his cell loses application for judicial review

A convicted murderer who was sanctioned upon the discovery of a knife and a bag of razor blades in his cell has lost an application for judicial review of decisions made during the disciplinary process. Refusing the application, Ms Justice Miriam O’Regan found no breach of fair procedure on the part of the Governor or Wheatfield Prison.

Published 24 June 2019

Boy who sued hospital over birth problems settles for €7.25m

A boy who sued a hospital over circumstances of his birth has settled his High Court action for €7.25million.

Published 24 June 2019

Andrea Martin: Can social media firms really regulate themselves?

The dramatic injunction against Facebook and Twitter granted last Wednesday was rapidly amended by the court on Thursday. Mr Justice Michael White removed from the injunction the part that constituted a prior-restraint order requiring the social media giants to prevent, in advance of posting, identification of the two boys convicted of murdering Ana Kriegel. The part of the order requiring those companies to remove such postings once they became aware of them remained in place. And in that nuanced amendment lies the nub of an argument taking place worldwide about the regulation of social media.

Published 24 June 2019

Man granted UK Supreme Court hearing in bid to prevent police access to Boston College tapes

A former member of the IRA has been granted a UK Supreme Court hearing in an attempt to prevent police from gaining access to interviews given as part of a project known as the Boston College tapes.

Published 24 June 2019

Speeding convictions decline sharply as drink-driving rises

Speeding convictions are declining sharply while the number of people convicted for driving while using a mobile phone is also falling, according to new figures.

Published 24 June 2019

Human rights commission's report highlights housing discrimination

Housing discrimination has been highlighted in a report by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in its Annual Report.

Published 24 June 2019

Mary Robinson to address lawyers on climate change

Former President Mary Robinson is to address lawyers on the topic of climate change next month.

Published 24 June 2019

Prison overcrowding returns as sentences rise

Prisons are becoming overcrowded again as more people are being jailed by the courts and for longer terms, The Irish Times reports.

Published 24 June 2019

Flanagan names experts joining familicide and domestic homicide reviews

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has announced the names of the two experts who will join an independent research study on familicide and domestic homicide reviews led by Norah Gibbons.

Published 24 June 2019

Ryanair told to review review fees or risk litigation

Ryanair could be taken to court by passengers over its "disproportionate" fees of up to £115 that it charges to deal with spelling mistakes on bookings or to print out boarding passes, an aviation watchdog has said.

Published 24 June 2019

Sir Brian Leveson hits out at presumption against short sentences as Scotland aims for 12 months

An outgoing senior judge has said the UK government would be wrong to abolish prison sentences of less than six months.

Published 24 June 2019

US Supreme Court quashes conviction of death row man over racial bias

The US Supreme Court has quashed the conviction of a black Mississippi man in his sixth trial for a quadruple murder in 1996 after finding a prosecutor blocked potential black jurors, Reuters reports.

Published 24 June 2019

LEAP scoops ‘Service Provider to the Legal Profession’ award at Irish Law Awards 2019

LEAP, the leading provider of legal practice management software, is proud to have won the award for ‘Service Provider to the Legal Profession’ at the Irish Law Awards held recently in Dublin.John Espley, CEO LEAP UK & Ireland, said: “Receiving the award is the culmination of a very successful year for LEAP in Ireland. Irish SME law firms have been incredibly receptive to LEAP’s cloud software solution. We have found Irish lawyers to be very forward-thinking and entrepreneurial and they fully understand the benefits that cloud technology can bring to make their firms more efficient.”

Published 24 June 2019

And finally... numbskull

A man who stole a human skull and kept it for more than a year has been jailed for four months.

Published 24 June 2019

Workplace Relations Commission: Former hotel receptionist awarded €21k for unfair dismissal

A man who was dismissed via email and met by Gardai when he returned to work the following day has been awarded €21,050 in compensation for unfair dismissal and technical breaches of employment legislation. Finding that the man’s dismissal was procedurally fatally flawed, Adjudication Officer Michael McEntee said the actions of the complainant required a 25% reduction in the award in lieu of his contribution towards the dismissal.

Published 21 June 2019