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Lawyers and victims' groups call for greater coronial resources

Lawyers and victims' groups have called for the provision of further resources to the Coroners Service for Northern Ireland to allow families to access the truth in a number of historical cases.

Published 5 January 2016

Government urged to expedite end of two-tier judicial pay structure

The Government has been urged to speed up efforts to scrap a two-tier pay structure for Irish judges.

Published 5 January 2016

Law Centre (NI) wins arrears payment for cross-border worker whose benefits stopped

A cross-border worker whose UK child benefit payments were stopped due to her residency in Ireland received an arrears payment after a pre-action letter was sent by Law Centre (NI).

Published 5 January 2016

Existing Irish public buildings now subject to accessibility legislation

Public buildings which have stood in Ireland for more than ten years are now subject to greater statutory accessibility standards as section 25 of the Disability Act 2005 comes into force.

Published 5 January 2016

Ireland's independent Policing Authority officially established

Ireland's new independent Policing Authority has been officially established as of the start of the year, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has announced.

Published 5 January 2016

NGOs object as International Protection Act signed into law

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has described the signing into law of the International Protection Act 2015 as a "step backwards for Ireland".

Published 5 January 2016

Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry to probe Manor House allegations

The judge-led Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry will this week resume its investigations by probing abuse allegations at a Lisburn children's home run by Protestant missionaries.

Published 5 January 2016

Appeal against pension benefits of former Trinity College Secretary fails

An appeal brought against the Pensions Ombudsman by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Education, and the Higher Education Authority with regards to the pension benefits granted to Michael Gleeson, who was granted permission to retire at 60 with full pension, has failed.

Published 24 December 2015

Mother and daughter to take free NHS abortion case to UK Supreme Court

A mother and daughter who challenged NHS rules that prevent free access to abortion in England for women who live in Northern Ireland are taking their bid to the UK Supreme Court.

Published 24 December 2015

President Higgins calls Council of State over asylum bill

President Michael D Higgins has waded into an ongoing controversy surrounding the International Protection Bill by calling a meeting of the Council of State to consider key provisions of the legislation.

Published 24 December 2015

Government remains committed to minimum unit pricing in wake of ECJ ruling

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said he remains “committed to the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing” following a European Court of Justice ruling on similar proposals by the Scottish Government.

Published 24 December 2015

PSNI face questions after suspect escapes from courthouse parking lot

A man who was due to appear in Londonderry Court House on robbery charges yesterday escaped after scaling two security fences in a secure parking area outside the building, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Published 24 December 2015

Victim support organisations awarded €1.46 million in State funding for 2016

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has announced an allocation of €1.46 million for organisations supporting Irish victims of crime in 2016.

Published 24 December 2015

Pinsent Masons warns of tougher EU data breach fines for businesses

A leading Belfast regulatory expert at Pinsent Masons has said a potential massive hike in EU data breach fines could take a heavy toll on businesses, particularly in Northern Ireland.

Published 24 December 2015

Toscan du Plantier murder trial likely to take place next year

A trial for the murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was killed in Ireland in 1996, is likely to begin next year, her family's lawyer has said.

Published 24 December 2015