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EU To Update Audio-Visual Media Services Legislation

On 2 October, the EU voted to update their regulations regarding Audiovisual Media Services. With 452 votes for the changes and a mere 132 against, it’s evident that this is a strongly felt topic within parliament, but what are the…

Law

United Kingdom to introduce abortion decriminalisation bill

MPs in Westminster launched a bid to introduce a bill which would decriminalise abortion later this month. Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Hull North, announced her intention to introduce this bill. A coalition of MPs from five different parties is…

Law

Let Them Eat Cake? A Case of Bakery Discrimination

This case began in 2014 when Gareth Lee went to the Belfast-based baking company and requested that they bake him a cake adorned with the message ‘Support Gay Marriage’ along with the logo for Queerspace, and the puppets Bert and…

Law

Minister for Business Criticised for Denying Work Permit

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, has been criticized for failing to use her discretionary executive powers under the Employment Permits Act, 2006. Her decision to refuse the application for the renewal of an employment permit by…

Law

European Court of Justice To Rule On Article 50

It has been over two years since Britain made the destructive decision to leave the European Union. Despite the considerable amount of time that has passed it seems that both parties are moving further and further away from reaching an…

Law

Child and Family Agency TUSLA Finds Itself In Court Again

The Child and Family Agency TUSLA has found itself under fire once again this week as another controversial case involving the agency passed through the High Court. The case involves a twenty-year-old mother, known only as KM, who gave birth…

Law

OPINION: The US Supreme Court Faces A Cross Roads

The turmoil surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the US Supreme Court began on 16th September. The Washington Post ran an article where Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology at Paolo Alto University, alleged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her…

Belfast Police detain journalists as part of ‘intimidation tactic’, court rules

Controversy recently arose in Belfast concerning the search and arrest operation of two award-winning journalist’s Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey. The journalists are famously known for their recent documentary ‘No Stone Unturned’ which investigated the loyalist murders of six civilians…

Business Law

The Multi-Party Actions Bill 2017

Ireland lacks a simple way for litigants to bring combined actions. Following the tracker mortgage scandal last year, there has been another attempt to pave the way for multi-party actions (MPAs). Based on the Law Reform Commission’s 2005 Multi-Party Litigation…

Business Law

The Multi-Party Actions Bill 2017

Ireland lacks a simple way for litigants to bring combined actions. Following the tracker mortgage scandal last year, there has been another attempt to pave the way for multi-party actions (MPAs). Based on the Law Reform Commission’s 2005 Multi-Party Litigation…

Justice For All

Following the result of the Paddy Jackson trial, there has been scrutiny over the manner in which rape trials are conducted. In the past few days alone there have been demonstrations protesting the verdict and calls to reform rape trials…

Court of Appeal Dismisses Man Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Court of Appeal has turned down an appeal from a 2016 case involving a man accused of seventeen counts of rape and sexual assault. Justice Mahon read out the statement of the three judge court, dismissing the accused’s case…