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Consultation on statutory duty of candour to be launched next month

Proposals to introduce a statutory duty of candour in the healthcare system will go out to consultation next month.

Published 25 March 2021

Court overturns UK's 'most draconian' restrictions on congregational worship

The Scottish government has lost a high-profile court challenge against its Covid-19 regulations closing all churches for congregational worship and private prayer.

Published 25 March 2021

New Zealand introduces paid bereavement leave for miscarriages and stillbirths

MPs in New Zealand have backed a private member's bill to extend paid bereavement leave to mothers and their partners following a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Published 25 March 2021

And finally… up in smoke

Funeral pyres could make an unexpected return under legislation being considered in the US state of Maine.

Published 25 March 2021

Supreme Court: Test for security for costs refined as Quinn Insurance ordered to cover €30m legal bill

The Supreme Court has ordered Quinn Insurance Limited to provide security for costs to PricewaterhouseCoopers, whose legal bill stands at €30 million in the long-running dispute. In reaching this decision, the court reiterated the proper approach to security for costs (SFC) applications and outlined a new limb to the legal test.

Published 24 March 2021

Mary Keane becomes first woman to serve as Law Society director general

Mary Keane has become the first woman to serve as director general of the Law Society of Ireland in its 191-year history.

Published 24 March 2021

Ministers to establish advisory committee to help select next Chief Justice

Ministers have agreed to establish an advisory committee to identify possible candidates to succeed Mr Justice Frank Clarke as Chief Justice following his retirement in October.

Published 24 March 2021

Abuse of trust legislation to be widened beyond statutory settings

Legislation banning the likes of teachers and social workers from having sex with under-18s in their care is set to be extended to cover sports coaches and faith leaders.

Published 24 March 2021

Children born in Ireland to receive citizenship sooner

Children born in Ireland to parents who are not Irish citizens will be able to gain Irish citizenship sooner under new government plans.

Published 24 March 2021

Priti Patel announces new restrictions on claiming asylum

Asylum seekers who enter the UK illegally will find it harder to stay under significant new plans announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Published 24 March 2021

Technical bill to facilitate 'full rollout' of new Garda operating model

Technical legislation is set to be brought forward to facilitate the "full rollout" of An Garda Síochána's new operating model.

Published 24 March 2021

England: Barrister denied silk after judges intervene

A barrister whose application to become Queen's Counsel was opposed by two judges faced apparent bias in the appointments process, an investigation has concluded.

Published 24 March 2021

Jailed trade unionists exonerated after 47 years

Trade unionists who were imprisoned for their role in the 1972 builders' strike have been exonerated by the Court of Appeal in London nearly half a century later.

Published 24 March 2021

And finally… forbidden fruit

A purported haul of MDMA worth over €1 million was actually strawberry-flavoured sweets, police have admitted.

Published 24 March 2021

High Court: Medical negligence claim arising from IVF treatment rejected

The High Court has rejected a medical negligence action arising from the provision of IVF fertility treatment to a woman. The plaintiff had alleged that the defendants had failed to properly identify a fibroid in her uterus, which caused a number of unsuccessful and painful IVF procedures.

Published 23 March 2021