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Conference to mark life of Pat Finucane

A conference to commemorate the life and legacy of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane, who was murdered by loyalists 20 years ago, will take place in Trinity College, Dublin from February 13th-15th next. He is a graduate of Trinity and captained its football team from 1972 to 1974.

The commemoration will open with a gala dinner in the Commons dining room of Trinity on Friday, February 13th.

An all-day conference will follow on Saturday in the Edmund Burke theatre.

The conference is open to all but advance booking is essential.

The commemorations will be rounded off on the Sunday with a soccer match and a dedication ceremony in which a bench overlooking College Park will be unveiled.

Among the speakers at the conference will be Geraldine Finucane, Peter Madden of solicitors firm Madden and Finucane, Michael Mansfield QC, Mr Justice Treacy of the High Court of Northern Ireland, former UN special rapporteur Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy and former judge of the Canadian supreme court Peter Cory.

To register, contact the Finucane conference at

Carney lecture in Maynooth

The inaugural professorial lecture of Mr Justice Paul Carney, on the topic 42 Years of the Gardaí in Court, will take place on Tuesday January 27th next in the Renehan Hall, South Campus, Maynooth at 7.30pm. Mr Justice Carney is adjunct professor of law in NUI Maynooth.

Book on company insolvency

Round Hall has just published The Law of Company Insolvency, by Michael Forde, Hugh Kennedy and Daniel Simms.

This is a second edition of an earlier book on the subject by Michael Forde, published 15 years ago. The authors point out that in the intervening period major legislative innovations have taken place.

Among these are changes in the examinership system introduced in 1999, alterations to the regime governing receiverships and liquidations in the Company Law Enforcement Act 2001, and the EC Corporate Insolvency Regulations 2002, while the case law in the area continues to grow.

O’Brien -v- Piab solicitors

The Law Society’s solicitors in relation to its amicus curiaerole in O’Brien -v- Piab were McCann Fitzgerald.

The judgment of Ms Justice Macken is now on