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When Legal Artifice Meet Legal Artificiality

When the printing press first appeared, scribes who had previously made a living out of copying out manuscripts revolted en masse. They railed against this new technology, decrying it as a threat to their livelihood and to the care and…

Are the Road Traffic Acts Still Roadworthy?

The Road Traffic Acts play a daily role in the lives of many people and are some of the most controversial laws in Ireland today. It is frequently argued that the law is unclear in the area and it is…

High Court Recalls Man’s Right to Be Forgotten

The High Court has overturned a Circuit Court order which previously endorsed a man’s ‘right to be forgotten’. The man in question was Mark Savage, who had stood as an Independent candidate in North Dublin local elections in 2014.  Mr…

Gerry Adams Loses 1970s Appeal

Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has failed to have two historic convictions concerning escape bids overturned. This escape bids arose out of circumstances when Adams was interned without trial in 1972 during the Troubles in Maze/Long Kesh Prison. Adams…

The Technological Universities Bill 2015 in the Seanad

The Technological Universities Bill 2015 passed the Dáil at the end of January and is now going through the process to obtain Seanad approval. The Bill sets out the framework under which the Institutes of Technology around the country would…

Brexit May Affect Extradition Agreements

The Supreme Court has referred a question to the European Court of Justice regarding British extradition, following the challenge of an arrest warrant by an Irishman. Mr Thomas Joseph O’Connor, from Cloughbeirne, Roscommon, was sentenced in Blackfriars Crown Court in…

Data Protection Bill Published by Government

The Government has published the Data Protection Bill 2018 which will sign into the law the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR, which will enter into force on the 25th May, has been enacted with the purpose…

The Politics & Law Behind PESCO

Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is the way in which EU Member States will work closer together on security and defence issues. It will build on the EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) and has been summarised by…

Chief Justice Frank Clarke Discusses Court Reform

In a seminar hosted in NUI Galway on 17th January, Chief Justice Frank Clarke addressed the topic of reforming the court system. In the speech, Chief Justice Clarke remarked that the approach to reforming the courts had been ‘overly piecemeal’,…

Stand and Deliver: The Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011

The castle doctrine is an idea within law that every person has a right to defend their home from any sort of attack, without fear of any legal intrusion. This idea finds its fullest expression in the ‘stand your ground’…

The Contempt of Court Bill 2017: Part Two

The last issue of the College Tribune looked at some of the basic elements of the Contempt of Court Bill 2017, including its origins, the statutory definitions of criminal and civil contempt, and the penalties involved. Now, part two is…

The Contempt of Court Bill, Part One

If you have been reading the papers, either in print or online, over the past few days, you may have come across articles about a Social Media Bill going before the Dáil. Why is there such a big focus on…