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President Patrick Hillery, acting on the then government’s advice, commuted the sentences of the last men sentenced to death in Ireland to 40 years penal servitude. Photograph: Pat Langan

The last men sentenced to death in Ireland were both released late last year. Michael McHugh and Noel Callan murdered Patrick Morrissey, an unarmed G(...)

Any change in divorce legislation would require a referendum. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to review the requirement to wait four years for a divorce in Ireland. Ms Fitzgerald has said it is time t(...)

It is increasingly clear that Ireland lags well behind other jurisdictions in its protection of surviving spouses, especially in cases of intestacy

December 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the primary legislation governing inheritance in Ireland. When introduced, the Succession(...)

Machines will increasingly make many professional roles obsolete

Richard Susskind is fond of a particular anecdote. In one of his earlier books, sometime around 1995, he made the prediction that lawyers would, in th(...)

Judgments: Key cases in brief

Former husband restrained from bringing further court action without leave JMH v KH [2015]IESC 85 (Supreme Court, Charleton J, November 26th, 2015) Th(...)

Ripped apart: getting two mediators involved – a man and a woman so that there cannot be a claim of gender bias – appears to greatly improve the family mediation process

A new family mediation process has a 95 per cent success rate so far and the encouragement of a judge, but has failed to get approval from the Courts (...)

Over 95 per cent of primary schools deliver doctrinal, Christian religious instruction

Last month’s controversy surrounding the reluctance of Castletroy College to allow a pupil to opt out of religion classes in the school may prove to b(...)

The scales of justice on the roof of the Four Courts in Dublin
Judgments: Key cases in brief

CEO entitled to exercise majority voting rights so as to increase number of directors In re Blarney Woollen Mills Group; Hayes v Kelleher [2015]IEHC 5(...)

Amnesty International Ireland calls for the EU to respect and protect the human rights of migrants and refugees seeking protection in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Legal aid for asylum seekers in Ireland has historically focused on the appeal stage. This has resulted in fewer people being recognised as refugees, (...)

 The scales  of justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
Key cases in brief

The courts should be slow to interfere with Garda discretion as to when to apply handcuffs. DPP vs Pires IEHC 671 (High Court, Barrett J, July 9th, 20(...)

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