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Irish Refugee Council warns against 'rushed' legislation

The Irish Refugee Council (IRC) has warned Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald not to rush the International Protection Bill through the Oireachtas without “fully considering its impact”.

Published 1 December 2015

Climate change legislation to be passed before general election

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told a high-level UN climate summit that new legislation to be passed before the upcoming general election will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland.

Published 1 December 2015

New NI legislation set to define bullying by next year

New legislation that creates a legal definition of bullying and new responsibilities for public authorities in a bid to crack down on bullying in schools has been introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Published 1 December 2015

NI law on abortion found incompatible with human rights

The High Court in Northern Ireland has found that the outright ban on abortion breaches Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, in that it denies women and girls who are victims of rape and incest, as well as those suffering from fatal foetal abnormalities access to legal abortions.

Published 1 December 2015

Guinness pension dispute allowed to proceed

A former employee of Guinness is to be allowed to continue with his case against the company – in which he claims certain assurances made about his pension arrangements have not been honoured.

Published 30 November 2015

Frances Fitzgerald announces inter-agency initiative to tackle repeat offending

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald today joined figures from across the justice sector at the launch of the Joint Agency Response to Crime (J-ARC), an inter-agency initiative to reduce re-offending and tackle burglary offences in Ireland.

Published 30 November 2015

Alternative to courts to be piloted in Dublin City

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is set to approve the piloting of a new scheme that would divert adults accused of minor offences from the courts into education, rehabilitation or community programmes, the Irish Independent reports.

Published 30 November 2015

Stephen Gillick joins MHC as employment law and benefits partner

Mason Hayes & Curran has announced the appointment of Stephen Gillick as a partner in its employment law and benefits team.

Published 30 November 2015

More than half of NI prisoners released in 2012/13 went on to re-offend

Almost half of prisoners released from custody in Northern Ireland in 2012/13 went on to re-offend, according to new figures published by Justice Minister David Ford.

Published 30 November 2015

TV3 told to pay half of damages award to Dublin lawyer

TV3 has been told it must pay half of a €140,000 damages award to a Dublin lawyer pending the outcome of an appeal.

Published 30 November 2015

LSA seeking £100k under recovery of NI defence costs law

The Legal Services Agency is set to embark on its most high-profile bid to recover legal costs using a Recovery of Defence Costs Order, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Published 30 November 2015

CSO urges caution over interpretation of sexual offence figures

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has warned that figures showing a 36 per cent increase in the number of sexual offences recorded in Ireland over the period 2009-13 may be misleading.

Published 30 November 2015

Maynooth lecturer contributes to book on redress for human rights breaches

A senior lecturer at Maynooth University has written about redress for human rights breaches in Ireland in a chapter of a new book analysing the law in eighteen jurisdictions.

Published 30 November 2015

High Court rules in favour of NIHRC challenge to abortion law

The High Court in Belfast has ruled that preventing access to abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities (FFA) and pregnancies as a consequence of sexual crimes is unlawful.

Published 30 November 2015