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Quinn Children Settle With The IBRC

The children of former businessman Sean Quinn have arranged to settle with the Irish Banking Resolution Corporation following litigation for a suit for €440 million. Under this settlement, each of the five adult Quinn children – Sean Junior, Aoife, Brenda,…

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Minister Publishes Framework for Consent in Higher Education

The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, has published a Framework for Consent in Higher Education Institutions. This arises out of a consultation with the Consent Expert Group, who wish to implement the best practices for…

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Fianna Fail Member Has Locus Standi To Challenge Unconstitutional Law

A member of political party Fianna Fail brought proceedings to the Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of a provision in the Electoral Act 1997. Originally, the litigant, Brian Mohan, had plans to run in the 2016 general election as…

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The Sins Of The Father

The fallout from Sean Quinn’s fall from grace continues. Mr Quinn’s five children, Colette, Ciara, Sean Jr., Aoife, and Brenda currently face proceedings in the High Court against Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (“IBRC”) and its liquidator. The case turns on…

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The Grass Is Always Greener: Remembering When Greenland Left The EU

The confusion surrounding Brexit has further deepened this week with the EU handing Prime Minister Teresa May another ultimatum. Britain may have their deadline extended until the 22nd May if a majority of the House of Commons votes to approve…

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Copyright Or Wrong?

On the 21st March a number of European Wikipedia sites did the unthinkable and went dark for the day. They replaced their regular interface with a screen bearing the words ‘THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE’. The site then exhorted any…

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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…