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From the point of view of mental health, cannabis increases risk of anxiety, depression and severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression)

The recent report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee on the proposed decriminalisation of certain drug use is timely and important (“Minor d(...)

Record: former deputy chairman of Kenmare Resources Donal Kinsella leaving court with his wife Joan after he was awarded €10 million in damages in a defamation case at the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Damage, and damages. In law, the latter is often the only practical, although in many cases, wholly inadequate, means of compensation for the (...)

The Scales of Justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
Judgments: Key cases in brief

The delay by a liquidator in seeking the restriction of a company director is deemed excessive. Murray v Browne IEHC 651, High Court, Barrett J, Octob(...)

Dublin-based barrister Liz Harpur: her nephew Ben-Hadad Kimani has been jailed in Kenya for double murder. The Irish Innocence Project is now examining the case. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When Griffith College dean of law and founding director of the Irish Innocence Project David Langwallner was teaching Liz Harpur intellectual property(...)

“As the internet continues to evolve we must be careful not to allow hard-won consumer protections to be undermined through inaction”

The internet has transformed many aspects of our society. Often, regulation and the law in general do not keep up with these developments, an(...)

Judgments: Key cases in brief

Environmental impact assessment required on effects of extracting peat as a fuel source for thermal power plant An Taisce v An Bord Pleanála [2015]IEH(...)

The advent of drone tech gives rise to a number of difficult legal questions

Late last month, the Irish Aviation Authority published the first draft of its proposed Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rocket Order. The legisl(...)

Consumer angst: there are significant protections for consumers within EU and domestic law, but you need to be careful when shopping outside Europe’s borders

Internet shopping has been a boon for the cash-savvy consumer, but what happens if it all goes wrong? What are your legal rights if the goods you boug(...)

A decision by the European Commission in respect of tax rulings by the Irish Revenue in relation to the corporate taxation of Apple is expected. Photograph: Kimihiro   Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has ordered Luxembourg and the Netherlands to recover unpaid tax from Fiat and Starbucks in the region of €20 millio(...)

Judgments: Key cases in brief

The presumption that a lost will was intended to be revoked is rebutted by circumstantial evidence. In re McDermott (2015) IEHC 622 (High Court, Baker(...)

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