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To qualify for the grant, barristers had to be earning less than €100,000 per annum. File photograph: Getty

Barristers have been told that a demand to give back thousands of euros in Covid grants paid in error may be unlawful, according to correspondence see(...)

Sources in the Law Library said the grant had been relied on by many junior barristers, often younger and less experienced, who had seen their incomes severely impacted by Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

About 150 barristers have been asked to repay grants totalling €750,000 approved and paid in error under a Government Covid-19 grant scheme. Dublin C(...)

 Séamus Woulfe: found himself at the centre of controversy following his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society Clifden dinner in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Séamus Woulfe (58) was born in Raheny in 1962 and like so many of his colleagues at the Bar and on the bench, was educated at Belvedere College before(...)

The Bar Council recognised that devils’ attendance at court had been ‘significantly impacted’ by the pandemic. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Apprentice barristers are missing out on vital work experience as many cannot attend court due to Covid-19 restrictions. Under Courts Service regulat(...)

Maura McNally says it is  wrong to think most barristers are wealthy. Photograph: Conor McCabe

The majority of the State’s barristers are facing a stark challenge to the financial viability of their chosen career, the new Chair of the Council of(...)

The Four Courts complex in Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The arrangement whereby the Bar Council is given free accommodation in the Four Courts is unlawful, it has been claimed. The claim is the subject of (...)

 Charlie Flanagan: said the measures  to  enforce Covid-19 restrictions will be retained only for as long as they are “necessary, effective and proportionate. No longer”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda powers to enforce Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place for the short term, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said. Asked if the G(...)

‘How in the name of Jaysus do we get back to holding jury trials?’ said one person involved who did not wish to be named.  Photograph: Getty Images

The organisation that represents most of the State’s barristers is researching the idea of ordinary crimes being tried in non-jury courts as part of t(...)

“God knows when jury trials will be back. I suspect they won’t be until October at the earliest. That will be very tough on people.” Photograph: Getty Images

The closure of the courts has “turned off” the income stream of many of the State’s barristers, while for solicitors the stalling of the property mark(...)

Barristers and solicitors had complained  that they were continuing to work in crowded courts.

Only urgent court cases and those not involving witnesses will go ahead as the Courts Service introduced further measures to drastically cut operation(...)

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