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# law - Sunday 20 April, 2014

Column: Can metaphors make better laws?

It’s very possible that metaphors can help make better laws … But we can only hope that our lawyers and judges, like our metaphors, are chosen wisely.

# law - Friday 18 April, 2014

Jillian Godsil to run in European elections after scrapping of law barring bankruptees

At the end of February Jillian Godsil was declared bankrupt in Ireland.

Why can’t I get a drink on Good Friday?

Today is one of two days you can’t buy alcohol in Ireland – why?

# law - Friday 28 March, 2014

Column: Anybody – not just the elites – can use law to change society

Even a state with limited resources can prioritise human rights. We’re determined to ignite a passion for using the law to help disenfranchised communities, writes Mairead Healy.

# law - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Less than half of political parties accounting units have made their donation returns

The Commission plans to name and shame the political party accounting units that fail to submit their return on time.

# law - Friday 14 March, 2014

Column: There’s a viral spread of increasingly restrictive laws curtailing human rights

The space in which human rights defenders can operate safely is steadily shrinking, with devastating consequences, writes Mary Lawlor.

# law - Monday 10 March, 2014

Domestic violence register ‘would help protect victims’ in Ireland

The call comes after a scheme known as Clare’s Law was introduced in the UK at the weekend.

# law - Friday 7 March, 2014

Poll: Should suspects in garda custody get more legal protection? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should suspects in garda custody get more legal protection?

A Supreme Court ruling suggests clarification is needed, what do you think?

# law - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

‘Anti-Pantigate’ bill tabled in the Dáil to stop “the litigious and thin-skinned”

Stephen Donnelly says that he feels broadcasters are already being more cautious as a result of the controversy.

# law - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Column: Economic rights are just as vital to a democracy as civil rights

We must rail against the insidious notion that moral norms are not rights at all but, rather, privileges bestowed upon us by our kindly masters, writes Dr Tom Hickey.

# law - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Seven Irish universities make global top 200 in World Subject rankings

The rankings series reveals the top 200 universities in the world for 30 individual subjects. UCC sees jump in World Subject rankings for environmental sciences and education

# law - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Uganda tabloid prints list of 200 ‘top’ gay people

The Red Pepper tabloid published the list the day after a bill criminalising homosexuality was enacted.

# law - Monday 24 February, 2014

“Others cannot dictate to us”: Uganda signs controversial anti-gay bill into law

The news has been condemned by Amnesty International, which described it as a “step backwards”.

# law - Thursday 13 February, 2014

It’s highly likely there will be a legal challenge to plain tobacco packaging, says Law Society

The director general of the Law Society said Ireland would be setting a precedent in Europe.

# law - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Ban on Pirate Bay lifted by Dutch court

Access to Pirate Bay is still blocked to the majority of Irish internet users.

# law - Monday 27 January, 2014

Have you received a solicitor’s letter from Duke Chambers? It could be a scam

The Law Society is warning that it has no record of Duke Chambers, Duke Solicitors, or a solicitor called Mr Steven Duke.

# law - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Student petition successful as Law Society adds exam dates

A shortened schedule had led to concerns that results would be impacted.

# law - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Tech institutes allowed to merge to form universities under new legislation

Minister Quinn has published the General Scheme of Technological Universities Bill.

# law - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Anti-protest laws enter force in Ukraine amid continued violence

More than 200 people have been injured so far during protests in the country, which Russia says is getting ‘out of control’.

# law - Thursday 16 January, 2014

Column: Tragic case of newborn boy highlights unmarried fathers’ lack of rights

A Dublin hospital has secured a court order to withdraw life-support from a severely brain-damaged baby whose his young mother died after delivery. As the child’s parents were unmarried, the father was not deemed the legal guardian.

# law - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Column: Behind the veil – a new era has begun for family courts

The easing of the in camera rule in Irish family courts will see many social issues come to light – many of which may have been hidden behind from the public for generations, writes Katherine Irwin.

# law - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Report on repossessions wants changes, but no legislative reform

An expert group on repossessions found that case management standards of different lenders varies greatly, “with some operating at sub-optimal level”.

Column: Our new in-camera Family Court legislation is a sham

The unlimited powers given by to judges in our Family Courts may continue to prevent the public from finding out what has transpired, writes Gerry Fahey.

# law - Monday 13 January, 2014

Family law and child care court cases can now be reported, but under strict conditions

The changes to the in camera rule mean that under certain circumstances cases can be reported.

# law - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Who is most likely to support the legalisation of marijuana in Ireland?

A poll today shows 38 per cent of people in Ireland now support legalisation.

From The Score Eddie Irvine sentenced to six months in jail after Milan nightclub brawl In The Dock

Eddie Irvine sentenced to six months in jail after Milan nightclub brawl

But the F1 driver will not have to serve any of the sentence under Italian law.

# law - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Column: Yes, State legal spending is significant – but it’s an investment in our democracy

What distinguishes a democracy from other systems is a fair balance between the might of the State – which has very substantial legal resources at its disposal – and the capacity of citizens to challenge its power, writes Noeline Blackwell.

# law - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Poll: Should the government raise speed limits on Irish motorways? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the government raise speed limits on Irish motorways?

Minister Varadkar has said there is no proposal to raise the limit but if there was, would you support it?

# law - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Northern Ireland’s justice minister calls for consultation on changing abortion laws

David Ford said he wants a public consultation into changing abortion laws to allow women carrying babies with fatal foetal abnormalities to have a termination.

# law - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Byrne victims call on Law Society to pay compensation

The Law Society has said it has done everything it can for people who have lost money in attempting to regain control of their homes.

# law - Monday 2 December, 2013

‘Reckless journalism’ could affect Thomas Byrne’s prison safety, claims lawyer

A number of newspaper reports claiming that Byrne had acted on behalf of suspected criminal figures were rejected in court today.

Gerry Adams to meet with victim of child abuse

Mary Lou McDonald said that meeting with a political representative is not a substitute for going to the relevant authorities.

# law - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Teen girls’ rapist and killer freed under rights ruling

European Court of Human Rights ordered immediate release of Miguel Ricart under an October ruling that has several violent convicts demanding their freedom.

# law - Monday 25 November, 2013

Column: A review of guardianship, adoption and surrogacy law is underway, but what can we expect?

The Children and Family Relationships Bill is proposing a sweeping and comprehensive review of an area of law that touches all of our lives, writes Katherine Irwin.

Gardaí seized alcohol in public places 354 times last year

Garda sources said one of the biggest problems is with under-aged teens drinking in parks or in the street.

From Business ETC The Guardian’s former investigations editor to discuss press freedom with VinB Press Freedom

The Guardian’s former investigations editor to discuss press freedom with VinB

David Leigh retired last April and his illustrious career included a 1995 TV documentary which led to the jailing of a former defence minister.

# law - Sunday 17 November, 2013

Column: Should defendants be able to waive their right to trial by jury?

Are jury trials suitable for high-profile, white collar crime cases? It could be near impossible to impanel a jury that wouldn’t be unduly biased in such cases, writes Karl Shirran.

# law - Friday 15 November, 2013

Column: The Loyaltybuild breach shows it’s time to take data protection seriously

In countries lucky enough not to have suffered under a police state, data protection concerns do not always alarm the ordinary citizen. We need to wake up, writes Fergal Crehan.

# law - Wednesday 6 November, 2013

Missing Pussy Riot member is being transferred to Siberia, husband says

The whereabouts of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, jailed two years ago for her part in the performance of a protest song, had been unknown since October 22nd.

# law - Tuesday 5 November, 2013

Column: Let’s see a vigorous, successful campaign for marriage equality

Ireland’s mainstream parties should now work together to guarantee equal rights and equal opportunities to all Irish citizens, regardless of sexuality, writes Mark Beegan.

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