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# Law

This year
What is a war crime and is international law being broken in Israel and Gaza?
A report by
Stephen McDermott
Israel and Hamas have repeatedly accused each other of war crimes.
Troubles Legacy Bill: 'It's almost as if the UK is writing itself out of the North's history'
Professor Laura McAtackney examines how the UK government’s controversial legacy bill will affect the writing of accurate and balanced histories.
Opinion: As Hollywood strikes, Irish film workers also deserve to have their conditions addressed
Employment lawyer Jason O’Sullivan looks at the pay structures for those in the Irish film industry and how conditions could be improved.
Explainer: Barristers are set to protest at courthouses over pay, what are they looking for?
The Bar of Ireland has recommended that criminal barristers ‘withdraw services’ for one day over pay issues.
Donnelly defends signing into law world’s first legislation on health labelling of alcohol
Labels will state the calorie content and grams of alcohol in the product.
Govt aims to reform defamation laws to protect public-interest journalism and reduce costs
Ireland’s libel and slander laws have been criticised for creating a chilling effect on public-interest journalism.
Judge in Burke appeal case says wishes of student and their parents 'must prevail'
The full judgment was never read out in court, due to an interruption and physical altercation involving gardaí.
Last year
Explainer: Contempt of court and the potential for an indefinite prison term
Ireland’s contempt of court laws are derived from the ancient Common Law catalogue of past case law.
Opinion: The hyperfocus on our punters blinds people to the real issues sex workers face
A sex worker writes about her experiences and what needs to change, on foot of new research about sex work in Ireland.
Two men charged with violent disorder and assault after death of man in Athlone
The two men appeared at Mullingar District Court on Sunday evening.
Stardust inquests to have independent jury following passing of legislation in the Dáil
Jurors are currently selected for inquests by Gardaí, but campaigners had raised concerns about this due to the force’s involvement in the inquest.
Minister for Justice to launch review of the Civil Legal Aid Scheme this month
An eleven-person Review Group will be chaired by retired Chief Justice, Frank Clarke.
Ireland rack up 57 points after red card forces Italy down to 13 players
A little-known law meant the visitors had to remove another player after Hame Faiva’s sending-off.
Upcoming Six Nations will involve trial of new 'brake foot' scrum law
The new tweak aims to put an end to the practice of ‘axial loading’ at scrums.
All time
Nearly 12,500 calls last year for free legal advice - with big increase in employment concerns
Flac’s annual report said employment law queries in one week in May 2020 “exceeded family law queries for the first time”.
How legal threats and the Ryan Commission's legacy impacted Mother and Baby Home inquiry
The potential legal action of survivors – which has become a reality in several cases – was seemingly not given the same consideration as legal action from religious orders.
The potential legal action of survivors was seemingly not given the same consideration as legal action from religious orders, Órla Ryan writes
The Ryan Commission into child abuse continues to impact how we treat survivors of institutional abuse, a human rights lawyer has argued
There is mounting pressure for the commissioners to appear before the Oireachtas
'Yet another blow to survivors': Women get few answers as Commissioner defends report
Barristers urge caution on widespread roll-out of remote court hearings after Covid
The Bar of Ireland said remote hearings impact on judicial interaction and the management of witnesses.
Larry Donnelly: The jurors in the Chauvin trial carry the weight of America's past and present
The Boston attorney takes a look at the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
Bill to allow child murder victims to be named could be made law by end of March, McEntee says
The Bill has passed through all stages of the Seanad.
Does the constitution need to be changed to allow TDs to take maternity leave?
The Taoiseach has said that constitutional change could be needed to provide for TD maternity leave, but constitutional experts say otherwise.
Column: 'Hands off' symphysiotomy judgement did not hold Ireland to any rigorous standard
“It also suggests that if we want survivors to be treated properly, we need to hold the state to the highest possible standards in the Oireachtas.”
Dozens protest outside Áras an Uachtaráin over Mother and Baby Homes Bill
President Michael D Higgins yesterday signed the Bill into law.
Opinion: The idea that the Constitution stops the Dáil from operating with video technology is a nonsense
Legal experts David Kenny and Conor Casy say there is ‘too much at stake’ to do nothing about hybrid or virtual sittings.
Gangland criminals targeted: New law seeks to impose life imprisonment for conspiracy to murder
The seriousness of the crime must be reflected in the sentence our judges can impose, says the justice minister.
50/22 kicks, 22/50 kicks, and goal line drop-outs: Australia's new law trials
We saw the first few examples of Super Rugby AU’s law trials this weekend.
Senators to begin High Court action to clarify if Seanad can legislate
Eleven seats in the Seanad are vacant as a new Taoiseach has not yet been elected.
New law will empower minister to shut down pubs that refuse to close
TD Niall Collins says some pubs have remained open.
What does the 50:22 kick look like and how could it change rugby?
The law was trialled in Australia last year.
Legal limbo to end for Dublin's horse-drawn carriage drivers as new law to sort out licence debacle
Since 2018 Dublin City Council no longer issue carriage drivers licences, which drivers say could lead to unlicensed operators and concerns for animal welfare.
Lobbyists big winners as government revises bingo bill after protests
It comes after a protest at the Dáil on Tuesday.
'No threat to bingo halls or bingo nights' under new law, says Taoiseach
Around 50 bingo players were bussed to the Dáil yesterday to protest a bill that they say could see their winnings cut in half.
Meet the frontman, turned lawyer, turned entrepreneur disrupting the legal business
Dan Fox swapped the stage for the law library, now he is transforming the legal trade with Johnson Hana.
Record number of solicitors from England and Wales registered in Ireland this year
It represents a more than 150% increase on the previous year.
Best offers input as World Rugby outlaws dangerous 'axial loading' in scrums
The governing body has announced an amendment to its law book.
Reform of Ireland's mental health laws delayed as heads of bill not expected until the end of the year
It’s been four years since an expert group tasked with reviewing the Mental Health Act 2001 recommended 165 changes to the law.
Italy is making parents prove their children are vaccinated before they can go to creche
The law made it compulsory for children in pre-school education to be vaccinated against 10 diseases.
Opinion: Had Denis O'Brien's suit succeeded, our democratic system could have been undermined
Free speech and open debate in parliament is essential to our democratic system and would be inhibited if TDs were constantly under threat of lawsuits, writes David Kenny.
What are the new 'casual employment' laws that came into force today?
Zero-hour contracts are banned in most circumstances from today.
Opinion: Long-awaited surrogacy laws still won't recognise many parents
Surrogacy still isn’t regulated in Ireland. New rules are on the way but they won’t solve the problem of recognition for couples who previously entered surrogacy arrangements abroad, writes Brian Tobin.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped change America - but her fight for gender equality hasn't been won
A new biopic about the Supreme Court Justice looks at her early years as a Harvard student and fledgling lawyer.