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What Could Happen When The Mueller Investigation Ends?

There are reports that the end of the Mueller investigation might be coming to an end. Though there have been false whispers of this before, this time is being treated with more legitimacy by Washington. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller…

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Unlicensed Entry: How Far Is Too Far?

The Garda Siochana, as their name literally translates, are a service dedicated to upholding the public order. However, this duty can only interfere so much, hence why the law has provided limits to their powers. The best example of this…

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EU Competition Laws In Need Of Reform

Last week, the EU suggested that they would block the proposed merger between railway giants Alstom and Siemens, signalling a stark reminder of how outdated some of the EU’s laws are. It’s perhaps one of the reasons Britain is looking…

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When Is A BigMac Not A BigMac?

Q: When is a Big Mac not a Big Mac? A: When a patent office says so. Last January the European Union Intellectual Property Office (the ‘EUIPO’) delivered a surprising ruling. Supermacs had originally filed a revocation order with them,…

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Friends Of The Irish Environment Sues Government Over ‘Lamentable’ Emissions Record

The environmental organisation, Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) has launched proceedings in the High Court against the government. This is part of an initiative propounded by FIE to ‘ride the crest of a global wave of climate litigation’. A…

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Vox Populi: Scotland’s Lawyers Want A Second People’s Vote On Brexit

In a survey conducted by Scottish Legal News, Scottish lawyers have indicated that a majority of them would support a ‘People’s Vote’ on the final Brexit deal. The survey comprised 750 members and 76% of these approved of a People’s…

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Unmarried Partners Must Testify Against Each Other

A recent case has concluded by saying that unmarried partners must testify against each other and cannot opt-out of appearing before the court. In the case of JC v MC, the Gardai charged the two brothers, the eponymous JC and…

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US Supreme Court Enforces Transgender Ban

The US Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, has allowed President Trump’s policy restricting transgender people from joining the military. The judges commonly classified as conservative -Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorusch, and Kavanaugh- all gave a positive…

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Mental Health Commission Rejects Claims of Discriminatory Remarks

Ashimedua Okonkwo, a solicitor based in Balbriggan, has claimed that the Mental Health Commission tribunal subjected her to discriminatory remarks because she is ‘a woman and a black African’. The tribunal was considering the continued detention of a woman under…

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England’s Difficulty and Ireland’s opportunity?

The Law Reform Commission held its annual conference on 14th November. The theme this year was Brexit and Law Reform in Ireland. While the negotiations continue to eke out minute details of a post-Brexit world, the Law Reform Commission decided…

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Prodigal Son gets Prodigous Award

Do your parents have to provide for you in their will? According to the latest result in the High Court, yes they do. The case of K v K came before the court this week. The case concerned a fraternal…

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ECHR Rules Arrest of Russian Activist Violated his Rights

Alexei Navalny is a Russian political activist and lawyer, who is also currently the leader of the Russia of the Future party. According to the New York Times, he is “arguably Vladimir’s most serious foe,”, though the Russian government has…