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Donegal dangerous driving sentence “unduly lenient”

The Court of Appeal has found that the initial sentence given to a Donegal man in respect of the most serious incident of dangerous driving in Ireland’s history was “unduly lenient”.

Published 19 November 2015

Fennelly commission requests extra time as 500 solicitor firms seek answers

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly, the retired Supreme Court judge leading the commission investigating the covert recording of phone calls in Garda stations, has sought an extension until 30 September 2016 before producing his final report.

Published 19 November 2015

Department of Defence to pay Bloody Sunday soldiers' legal fees

Former British soldiers arrested in connection with the Bloody Sunday killings will have their legal fees paid by the Department of Defence, it has been confirmed.

Published 19 November 2015

Gardaí urged to tackle racial discrimination in new report

An Garda Síochána needs to do more to address racial discrimination by staff in order to win back trust among people of African descent, a new report says.

Published 19 November 2015

Amnesty Ireland rejects calls to criminalise purchase of sex

Amnesty International Ireland has called on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to scrap proposals to criminalise the purchase of sex through the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015.

Published 19 November 2015

Private equity investment could take NI Technology sector to next level

Private equity could be a key driver in Northern Ireland's technology revolution - that was the verdict of a round-table event of industry experts last week.

Published 19 November 2015

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly calls for papers

To mark the 25th year of the Human Rights Centre at Queen's University Belfast, the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly invites submissions for a special issue to be published in Autumn 2016 on the theme of Human Rights & Education.

Published 19 November 2015

Bill published to reform Irish asylum laws

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has published the draft International Protection Bill 2015, designed to reform Irish laws around asylum seekers.

Published 19 November 2015

UK: GQ magazine publisher in contempt of court over ‘seriously prejudicial’ article on phone-hacking trial

The publisher of GQ magazine has been found in contempt of court over a “seriously prejudicial” article on the phone-hacking trial.

Published 19 November 2015

Authorisation of ‘drink driving’ checkpoints at multiple locations held legal

The High Court has ruled that the establishment of fourteen drink driving checkpoints was valid, following a challenge from an individual charged with drink driving.

Published 18 November 2015

Row flares over amendments to Legal Services Regulation Bill

The latest amendments to the troubled Legal Services Regulation Bill have opened a political row that could prevent the legislation being enacted before Christmas.

Published 18 November 2015

IRLI charity forges partnership with Bar of NI and Law Society NI

An Irish charity that promotes the rule of law in developing countries is partnering with the Bar of Northern Ireland and the Law Society of Northern Ireland in a bid to expand its volunteer base.

Published 18 November 2015

Victims and survivors 'let down' by NI parties deal

Victims' and survivors' groups and human rights organisations have hit out at the agreement struck by the main Northern Ireland political parties for failing to address legacy issues.

Published 18 November 2015

Barrister makes history with Ireland's first same-sex marriage

An Irish barrister yesterday made history by taking part in Ireland's first same-sex marriage ceremony.

Published 18 November 2015

Youth Engagement clinics keeping NI young people out of court

The roll-out of Youth Engagement (YE) clinics across Northern Ireland is helping to keep young people out of court, Justice Minister David Ford has told MLAs.

Published 18 November 2015