Coronavirus



DLA Piper urges 'proactive approach' to employee mental health

DLA Piper has urged Irish employers to take a "proactive approach" to their employees' mental wellbeing as Ireland slowly begins reopening society and business.

Published 27 August 2020

Former Chief Justice Denham to lead 'unprecedented' investigation into Woulfe's conduct

Former Chief Justice Susan Denham will lead an "unprecedented" investigation into the conduct of Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe, the newly-appointed Supreme Court judge, amid calls for him to step down.

Published 25 August 2020

Mr Justice Woulfe faces calls to resign over golf dinner scandal

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe, who was recently appointed to the Supreme Court, is facing increasing calls to quit for attending a controversial dinner which broke COVID-19 rules.

Published 24 August 2020

Irish prison system has first COVID-19 case

The Irish prison system has had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 after a 23-year-old female remand prisoner tested positive.

Published 24 August 2020

Mr Justice Woulfe apologises for attending controversial golf dinner

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe, who was recently appointed to the Supreme Court, has apologised for attending a controversial dinner which broke COVID-19 rules.

Published 21 August 2020

Kildare solicitor Liam Moloney appointed to European COVID-19 litigation group

Kildare solicitor Liam Moloney has been appointed as co-chair of the new COVID-19 litigation group within the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).

Published 20 August 2020

Les Allamby: Responding to COVID-19 in a post-conflict society

Les Allamby, chief commissioner for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, considers how Northern Ireland is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 20 August 2020

Jury trials resume in Northern Ireland for first time in five months

Jury trials have resumed in Northern Ireland for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in March.

Published 19 August 2020

Tightening of COVID-19 restrictions 'should not be policed by coercion'

Garda enforcement powers should not be reintroduced as part of the partial reinstatement of COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 19 August 2020

Margaret Cordial: Key reforms of civil and regulatory law

Margaret Cordial, litigation solicitor at Smithwick Solicitors, examines recent significant reforms to the Irish legal system.

Published 19 August 2020

Law reform can aid COVID-19 response

Law reform can help Ireland respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the Law Reform Commission has said.

Published 18 August 2020

Courts reform law brought into effect from today

Legislation providing for a range of court reforms to meet the challenges and legal issues of the COVID-19 pandemic has been brought into effect.

Published 17 August 2020

Doctor calls for new law to limit COVID-19 spread

A prominent doctor has called for emergency legislation to close down or strip licenses from businesses in order to control the risk of COVID-19.

Published 17 August 2020

Furloughed employees to receive full redundancy payments

Workers in Northern Ireland who are laid off while furloughed will receive redundancy pay based on their normal wages under changes welcomed by employment lawyers.

Published 14 August 2020

Government to examine greater powers for health watchdog

The Government will explore giving greater powers to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) after concerns were raised about a "loophole" which meant employers had no legal obligation to report cases of the coronavirus in the workplace.

Published 12 August 2020