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DNA fingerprint: DNA analysis is relatively cheap, easy to explain to a jury and, thanks to TV shows like CSI, viewed as nearly above question in its reliability

One of the earliest advocates of forensic science in Ireland, Supt George Lawlor, had a story he liked to tell. In 1907, the Dublin administration dec(...)

Judgments

Labour Court misapplied fixed-term employment legislation Board of Management of St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys v Grehan [2015]IEHC 605 (High Court,(...)

“Introducing simpler and more cost-effective methods of enforcing awards must  be commended.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Workplace Relations Act 2015 which came into effect last month is intended to reform the employment law landscape in Ireland. Its aim is to delive(...)

Padraic Grennan of probate genealogist firm Finders International: ‘We have to be able to prove who is entitled and who is not.’   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Filming for the 10th series of BBC show Heir Hunters is to take place in Ireland this autumn and will feature searches for the beneficiaries of deceas(...)

Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: much vaunted Burglary of Dwellings Bill.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

From November 16th, victims of crime will for the first time have legally enforceable rights. State agencies such as the Office of the Director of Pub(...)

Irish barrister Coman Kenny, with the skyline of Phnom Penh in the background

Sitting in his high-rise apartment overlooking the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, Cóman Kenny can still remember the first time he felt excitement cou(...)

Patricia Rickard-Clarke: The anticipated passing of this legislation must be seen as just one phase in the development of a framework of support for people who are vulnerable

In 1871, the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act was passed “to amend the Law in Ireland relating to Commissions of Lunacy, and the proceeding under the s(...)

Judgments: Key cases in brief

“Proceeds of sale” clause did not give rise to trust between supplier of goods and retail company in liquidation Unitherm Heating Systems Ltd v. Walla(...)

Liberal judges have dissented from conservative majority decisions with language that was equally vehement and that also questioned the majority’s sincerity

The Irish and US Constitutions both recognise a right to same sex marriage. While the Irish decision was a result of over a million “yes” votes, the U(...)

Stenographers need to develop the ability to have a blank mind, to focus on the present and hear words coming in

“A stenographer is meant to be seen and not heard, like a young lady,” says Gwen Malone, very much tongue-in-cheek. The head of Gwen Malone Stenograp(...)

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