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County sheriff brings High Court challenge against mandatory retirement

A county sheriff in Co Monaghan has brought a High Court challenge against legislation requiring him to retire when he turns 70 next May.

Published 22 July 2021

Department of Health directed to make abortion services available by April 2022

Northern Ireland's Department of Health has been directed to commission and make abortion services available as soon as possible and no later than 31 March 2022.

Published 22 July 2021

Court fees and excise duties for vintners waived again

Court fees and excise duties for vintners will be waived for a second consecutive year, the government has announced.

Published 22 July 2021

Judicial review bill to let judges modify quashing orders

A new UK government bill intended to give judges more power in judicial review cases has been introduced at Westminster.

Published 22 July 2021

Police Ombudsman identifies 'collusive behaviours' in Damien Walsh case

The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has identified "significant investigative failures" and "collusive behaviours" by the police in relation to the murder of Damien Walsh.

Published 22 July 2021

Rights groups to discuss Traveller issues with legislators

Two human rights groups will discuss Traveller-specific accommodation issues today at a meeting with the joint Oireachtas committee on key issues affecting the Traveller community.

Published 22 July 2021

Call for State-run complaints mechanism to tackle online abuse

Campaigners have called for a State-run independent complaints mechanism as social media companies fail to protect users from abuse.

Published 22 July 2021

Peers warn ‘legal but harmful’ online content regulation poses threat to free speech

UK government plans to address ‘legal but harmful’ online content threaten freedom of speech and would be ineffective, peers have warned.

Published 22 July 2021

And finally... bit excessive

Over a thousand computers used to mine cryptocurrency have been crushed by police using a steamroller.

Published 22 July 2021

Supreme Court: Condition of sentence restraining employment of accused person for seven years was disproportionate

The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by a man who claimed that he had received unduly harsh conditions for a suspended sentence for harassment.

Published 21 July 2021

Judicial conduct guidelines to close 'gap in judicial accountability'

Judicial conduct and ethics guidelines to be adopted shortly by the Judicial Council will close a "gap in judicial accountability and transparency", Chief Justice Frank Clarke has said.

Published 21 July 2021

DWF profits up over a fifth to £172m as firm returns to pre-Covid activity

Global legal business DWF, with offices in Belfast and Dublin, has reported a 21 per cent rise in gross profit to £171.8 million in its full-year results for 2020/21.

Published 21 July 2021

Stormont unanimously rejects proposal for Troubles 'statute of limitations'

The Northern Ireland Assembly has unanimously rejected deeply controversial UK government proposals to end all criminal prosecutions linked to the Troubles.

Published 21 July 2021

Lawyer-turned-politician Des O'Malley passes away at 82

Des O'Malley, one of Ireland's most influential lawyers-turned-politicians, has passed away at the age of 82.

Published 21 July 2021

Deals roundup

Our regular round-up of deals involving Irish law firms. Submit your deals to newsdesk@irishlegal.com.

Published 21 July 2021