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# Law

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2022
# Explainer
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.
Voices
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.
# Athlone
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
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.
# Law
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.
# Law
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.
# Axial Loading
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.
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# FLAC
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”.
# Legal Action
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
# Justice
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.
Voices
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.
# Legislation
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.
# Houses of the OIreachtas
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.
Voices
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.”
# Legislation
Dozens protest outside Áras an Uachtaráin over Mother and Baby Homes Bill
President Michael D Higgins yesterday signed the Bill into law.
Voices
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 Crime
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.
# first glimpse
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.
# Law
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.
# Coronavirus
New law will empower minister to shut down pubs that refuse to close
TD Niall Collins says some pubs have remained open.
# Law
What does the 50:22 kick look like and how could it change rugby?
The law was trialled in Australia last year.
# unregulated
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.
# Bingo
Lobbyists big winners as government revises bingo bill after protests
It comes after a protest at the Dáil on Tuesday.
# Bingo
'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.
# Interview
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.
# lawful
Record number of solicitors from England and Wales registered in Ireland this year
It represents a more than 150% increase on the previous year.
# Player Welfare
Best offers input as World Rugby outlaws dangerous 'axial loading' in scrums
The governing body has announced an amendment to its law book.
# MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2001
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.
# Vaccine
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.
Voices
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.
# Explainer
What are the new 'casual employment' laws that came into force today?
Zero-hour contracts are banned in most circumstances from today.
Voices
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.
# notorious rbg
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.
# age limit
Hawaii is considering a law to ban cigarettes being sold to anyone under 100
The proposed law would effectively amount to a cigarette ban by 2024.
Voices
Opinion: The PSC could become the most expensive administrative error in the history of the State
Three million Irish citizens could be entitled to compensation if the project is found to be unlawful, writes Simon McGarr.
# On Yer Bike
Drivers who put cyclists at risk to be targeted, but it won't be mandatory to wear high-vis while on your bike
Government plans to build on existing rules that govern cycling and driving rules.
# domestic violence act
Coercive control and psychological abuse now an offence under new law
Marriage for people who are under 18 has also been repealed under the new legislation.
Voices
Opinion: Should judges hand down concurrent sentences in rape cases?
‘It is essential, for victims of crime and for society in general, that coherent sentencing policy is developed’, writes Ivana Bacik.
Voices
Should children born in Ireland to foreign parents be deported?
Barrister Anthony Moore writes about whether deportation law reform is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
# Retirement Age
Minister to amend law to allow Garda Commissioner work past the age of 60
The change will will remove any disincentive to potential candidates for vacancies that might arise at the top of the Garda organisation.