The Bar of Ireland



Bar urges election candidates to 'safeguard justice' as budget cuts bite

The Bar of Ireland has written to all election candidates, political parties and members of the Oireachtas to call on them to "safeguard justice" in the looming general election.

Published 24 January 2020

New barristers avoiding criminal work due to pay cuts

Newly-qualified barristers are giving up on criminal work in favour of better-paying work in the civil courts, new figures suggest.

Published 6 January 2020

Coalition calls for immediate funding for dedicated family law courts complex

A new coalition of legal bodies, charities and NGOs has launched a campaign calling on the Government to immediately allocate the funding necessary to develop a dedicated family law courts complex at the Hammond Lane site.

Published 10 December 2019

Tomi Reichental awarded The Bar of Ireland human rights award

The Bar of Ireland has presented its annual human rights award to Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental in recognition of his work promoting tolerance and in educating young people about the importance of remembrance and reconciliation.

Published 29 November 2019

Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental to be recognised by The Bar of Ireland

Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental will be recognised by The Bar of Ireland at an awards ceremony later this month.

Published 22 November 2019

Government under pressure to deliver 'major overhaul' of family justice system

The Government has come under increasing pressure to progress legislation and funding to deliver a major overhaul of the family law system.

Published 24 October 2019

Legal watchdog blames delay in complaints process roll-out on Public Expenditure

The new Legal Services Regulatory Authority (LSRA) has blamed a Government department for the delay in rolling out its new complaints system, according to reports.

Published 26 August 2019

Bar of Ireland to bring fee recovery in-house

The Bar of Ireland will establish an in-house fee recovery service later this year out of concerns about the low recovery rate for barristers' fees.

Published 29 July 2019

Exclusive: Bar to step up monitoring of unpaid fees as 'antiquated' legal aid scheme leaves junior lawyers distressed

The Bar of Ireland will more closely monitor the level of unpaid fees owed to junior barristers under the "antiquated" District Court legal aid scheme following a unanimous decision of the Bar AGM.

Published 24 July 2019

Bar Council voices concern over proposals to provide legal representation for rape complainants

The representative body for barristers has voiced concern about proposals to offer independent legal representation to complainants in rape and sexual assault cases.

Published 23 July 2019

Barristers could strike if State does not consider pay restoration for prosecutors

Barristers could go on strike if the State does not consider pay restoration for prosecuting barristers, The Bar of Ireland has warned.

Published 15 July 2019

Five men and five women elected to Bar Council of Ireland

Five men and five women have been elected to the Bar Council of Ireland, leading to a gender-balanced council for the first time.

Published 8 July 2019

Cork barristers hand €7,500 to cancer charities after fundraising coffee morning

Cork barristers presented €7,500 to two cancer charities after a fundraising coffee morning in memory of their late colleague, Jane Anne Rothwell BL.

Published 29 May 2019

Barristers hear from cancer patient Vicky Phelan and rape survivor Leona O'Callaghan at conference

Barristers heard from cervical cancer patient Vicky Phelan and rape survivor Leona O'Callaghan at a landmark conference on the experience of plaintiffs and victims in pursuit of access to justice through the legal system in Ireland.

Published 27 May 2019

Barristers from north and south discuss challenges of Brexit at annual meeting

Representatives of the barrister profession on both sides of the border focused on the impact of Brexit on the legal and justice sectors at the seventh annual Joint North South Bar Meeting.

Published 8 April 2019