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And finally... off pat

A cattle farmer has been fined €6,000 because of the smell of dung and hay on his farm.

Published 27 November 2019

High Court: Director of Juvenile Diversion Programme incorrectly interpreted Children Act 2001

The former Director of the Garda Juvenile Diversion Programme was “operating under an incorrect interpretation” of the Children Act 2001 in applying a blanket policy that once a juvenile offender reached the age of majority, they could not be admitted to the Diversion Programme irrespective of their age at the date of the offence. Quashing the Director’s decision not to include an offender who admitted responsibility for offences when he was 17, Mr Justice Garrett Simons remitted the matter for reconsideration by the incumbent Director.

Published 26 November 2019

Cabinet approves plans for graduated speeding penalties

The Cabinet has approved the plans of Transport Minister Shane Ross to introduce graduated speeding penalties, The Irish Times reports.

Published 26 November 2019

Carson McDowell expands Dublin team

Carson McDowell has expanded its specialist legal healthcare team in Dublin and announced additional recruitment in response to growing demand for its services in Ireland.

Published 26 November 2019

Cleaver Fulton Rankin announces key promotions

Cleaver Fulton Rankin has made a number of promotions across the firm, recognising the talent and achievements of its multi-disciplinary team of legal professionals.

Published 26 November 2019

Blog: The future of the “offer to make amends” in defamation law

A High Court jury has become the first to assess damages in a case where defamation was admitted and an apology given, under the “offer to make amends” procedure, following a landmark Supreme Court decision last year.

Published 26 November 2019

ByrneWallace supports UCD Sutherland School of Law’s Annual Irish European Law Forum

ByrneWallace is supporting UCD Sutherland School of Law’s Annual Irish European Law Forum, taking place on 6 December 2019.

Published 26 November 2019

In pictures... Employment Bar Association Annual Conference

Via Clíona Kimber SC: Attendees of the Employment Bar Association Annual Conference 2019 are pictured above – (L-R): Feichin Mc Donagh SC, Clíona Kimber SC Chair EBA, Judge L Reynolds High Court Chairing Session 2, Cathy Smith BL and Peter Ward SC.

Published 26 November 2019

Millar McCall Wylie sponsors Annadale Hockey Club

Millar McCall Wylie has announced its support for Annadale Hockey Club, the latest in a string of cross-community sporting sponsorships for the firm.

Published 26 November 2019

Coolock students ‘trial’ a career in law

Students from Mercy College Coolock took part in a ‘mock court’ competition in UCD’s Sutherland School of Law this week, marking the conclusion of the Legal Eagles schools project, a 10-week education programme on the legal system run by Community Law & Mediation.

Published 26 November 2019

And finally... online justice

A man sued a videogame company after his friend sold his character in the game Justice Online, worth almost £1.1 million, for £429.

Published 26 November 2019

NI Court of Appeal: Unduly lenient sentence upheld due to unfair manner in which DPP presented its appeal

The Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has refused to quash a sentence which it found to be unduly lenient because the Director of Public Prosecutions sought to advance an entirely new case on appeal – amounting to “conspicuous unfairness” to the respondent and to the trial judge. This, in combination with the fact that an increased sentence would involve the respondent returning to prison, led to the Court exercising its discretion not quash the sentence.

Published 25 November 2019

Confidence in legal sector dips dramatically

Confidence in the legal sector has dipped dramatically in the past 12 months, according to a new report.

Published 25 November 2019

CAB recovers more than €11m from criminals drawing social welfare

Criminals drawing social welfare payments have been stripped of more than €11 million by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) over two decades, the Sunday Independent reports.

Published 25 November 2019

Lawyers for Bloody Sunday victims ask PPS to reconsider prosecution

Lawyers for the families of nine of those killed on Bloody Sunday have asked the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) to look again at its decision not to prosecute nine soldiers for murder and attempted murder, The Irish Times reports.

Published 25 November 2019