Coronavirus



Garda response to domestic abuse 'best it has ever been'

An Garda Síochána's response to domestic abuse during the COVID-19 crisis is "the best it has ever been in Ireland", a new report suggests.

Published 7 August 2020

Naomi Long backs call for PPE contracts to be published

Justice Minister Naomi Long has backed calls for the UK government to publish three controversial contracts struck with three companies for PPE at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 7 August 2020

Central Bank orders insurance companies should pay COVID-19 test case costs

Insurance companies should pay plaintiffs' legal costs in test cases concerning COVID-19 claims on business interruption insurance policies, the Central Bank of Ireland has said.

Published 6 August 2020

At least £150m wasted on unusable PPE, judicial review discovers

At least £150 million has been wasted on unusable PPE procured from a company linked to government ministers, according to papers released through judicial review proceedings.

Published 6 August 2020

Sarah Fulham-McQuillan: Constitutional law may support mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

Dr Sarah Fulham-McQuillan, assistant professor at UCD Sutherland School of Law, considers the legal basis for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

Published 4 August 2020

International Protection Appeals Tribunal to resume in-person hearings

The International Protection Appeals Tribunal (IPAT) has announced that it will re-commence hearing appeals at its Dublin premises from Thursday.

Published 4 August 2020

England: Thousands of law firms and half of law centres at risk of closure

More than 5,000 local law firms and up to half of law centres in England and Wales could go bust as a result of the COVID-19 crisis if the UK government does not step in, MPs have warned.

Published 4 August 2020

More than 3,500 solicitors register for free online CPD courses

More than 3,500 solicitors and trainee solicitors have registered for free CPD courses offered by the Law Society of Ireland in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 4 August 2020

Mason Hayes & Curran: Pandemics now more likely to appear in standard force majeure clauses

In-house lawyers are more likely to include pandemics in their standard force majeure clauses following the COVID-19 crisis, a survey conducted by business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran LLP has found.

Published 31 July 2020

Woman jailed for nine month for spitting in key worker's face

A woman has been jailed for nine months after spitting in the face of a key worker at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 31 July 2020

New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

Workers in Northern Ireland who are laid off while furloughed will receive redundancy pay based on their normal wage under new laws being brought in next month.

Published 30 July 2020

Keeping COVID-19 out of prisons came at 'significant cost' to prisoners' mental health and wellbeing

Successful efforts to keep COVID-19 out of Irish prisons came at a "significant cost to the mental health and wellbeing of the people subject to special measures", a new report has found.

Published 30 July 2020

FLAC challenges legal basis for sanctioning Covid PUP claimants

Legal rights organisation FLAC has challenged the legal basis for sanctioning Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) claimants who travel abroad for holidays.

Published 29 July 2020

Justice sector receives €24m boost in July stimulus package

The justice sector has received a €24 million funding boost as part of the government's July stimulus package, which will support modernisation efforts and improvements to access to justice in Ireland.

Published 24 July 2020

Executive should be 'very slow to interfere' with 12-person jury trials

The Northern Ireland Executive should be "very slow to interfere" with the current 12-person jury in criminal trials in the face of the COVID-19 backlog, an experienced criminal lawyer has said.

Published 23 July 2020