EU law



Restrictions on post-Brexit VAT refunds for British visitors to be relaxed

Proposed restrictions on post-Brexit VAT refunds for goods purchased in Ireland by visitors from Great Britain are set to be relaxed in a bid to support Irish retailers.

Published 18 November 2020

Amazon charged by European Commission over use of sales data

Retail giant Amazon has been charged by the European Commission over its use of sales data on independent retailers to "illegally" obtain an advantage in the European marketplace.

Published 11 November 2020

Privacy watchdog to bear 'very heavy financial burden' in Schrems II case

Ireland's data protection watchdog is set to bear a "very heavy financial burden" after a judge ruled that it should pay costs in the landmark case brought by privacy campaigner Max Schrems which led to the striking down of the US-EU Privacy Shield agreement.

Published 2 November 2020

European Commission to appeal Apple tax ruling

The European Commission has decided to appeal a court ruling that US tech giant Apple did not receive illegal state aid from Ireland and does not have to pay €14 billion in back taxes.

Published 25 September 2020

European Commission 'leaning towards' Apple tax appeal

The European Commission is "leaning toward" appealing the ruling that US tech giant Apple did not receive illegal state aid from Ireland and does not have to pay €14 billion in back taxes, according to reports.

Published 23 September 2020

High Court: Preliminary reference to CJEU refused in environmental case

The High Court has declined to refer an environmentalist group's case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Published 16 September 2020

Ireland facing infringement proceedings over transposition of EU firearms directive

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against Ireland for failing to transpose the revised EU firearms directive into domestic law, according to reports.

Published 17 August 2020

Bill to transpose Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive

Cabinet has approved a bill to transpose the criminal justice elements of the Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive and strengthen existing legislation.

Published 10 August 2020

CJEU: Apple did not receive illegal state aid from Ireland

US tech giant Apple did not receive illegal state aid from Ireland and does not have to pay €14 billion in back taxes, the General Court of the European Union (EGC) has ruled.

Published 16 July 2020

Court of Appeal: Fishing case should have been taken by way of judicial review

The owner of a fishing vessel has lost his appeal in an action taken against the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Published 15 July 2020

Northern Ireland courts could gain power to depart from EU case law

Northern Ireland courts could have the power to depart from the acquis of EU law under proposals set out by the UK government yesterday.

Published 3 July 2020

Colin Russell: I want to ride my (Brompton folding) bicycle

Colin Russell, trainee solicitor at William Fry, considers a recent European Court of Justice ruling that copyright protection can apply to a product's shape.

Published 18 June 2020

European Commission opens two competition investigations into Apple

The European Commission has opened two formal competition investigations into Apple in relation to its App Store and Apple Pay.

Published 17 June 2020

'European law? I was told there's no future in that': Lawyers share experiences of building a career in EU law

Lawyers have shared their perspectives and experiences of building a career in EU law in an online event hosted by the Irish Society for European Law (ISEL) and the Young Bar Committee of The Bar of Ireland.

Published 10 June 2020

Supreme Court: Minister’s appeal on Citizens Directive Regulations upheld

The Supreme Court has held that the High Court erred in granting certiorari of the Minister for Justice’s refusal of an application for liberty to enter and remain in the State.

Published 5 June 2020