Constitution

Public Interest Law Alliance: Driving the law into activism and activism into law

Public Interest Law Alliance: Driving the law into activism and activism into law

Eithne Lynch is a solicitor who qualified with Matheson before leaving to work on a number of ‘access to justice’ projects in sub Saharan Africa. Eithne now works with the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) as their Legal Officer. PILA is a project of FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres), an independent human rights organisation dedicated(…)

UCD Seminar: The March to Marriage Equality in the U.S.: What a difference a Decade Makes!

UCD Seminar: The March to Marriage Equality in the U.S.: What a difference a Decade Makes!

On Wednesday, April 23 2014, UCD Sutherland School of Law will host a seminar with Professor Kris McDaniel- Miccio on The March to Marriage Equality in the U.S.: What a difference a Decade Makes! The seminar will take place in the Harty Boardroom in the School of Law from 1pm to 2pm. Professor Kris McDaniel- Miccio, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit(…)

A Franco-Irish discussion on marriage equality at NUI Galway

The School of Law at NUI Galway, in association with the French embassy in Ireland, will host a Franco-Irish discussion on marriage equality on April 25th. The keynote speaker is Erwann Binet, deputy of the French National Assembly. Deputy Binet was the rapporteur for the French “pour tous” (marriage equality) bill in 2013 and will speak on(…)

Garda Taping of Telephone Calls: A Worst-Case Scenario Consideration

It has come to light in the course of recent days that there has been a practice in a “large number” of garda (police) stations allowing for the recording of telephone calls, both incoming to and outgoing from the station. Information is emerging in a piecemeal fashion but it seems that this may have been(…)

TCD Event: Enforcement of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

TCD Event: Enforcement of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

On Friday 09 May 2014, Prof Gerry Whyte is organising a conference on the enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights. This will take place in the Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. This follows the recent recommendation of the Constitutional Convention to extend constitutional protection for ESC rights. The conference will discuss how(…)

Taxes, juries and emergency powers: Murphy v Ireland

In a resolutely formalistic judgment, the Supreme Court yesterday rejected a constitutional challenge to the hearing of “ordinary” cases in the Special Criminal Court. Thomas Murphy had been charged with failing to make his tax returns — an indictable offence that is tried usually in the “ordinary courts” —  but the DPP certified that such courts are “inadequate to secure the effective(…)

The constitutional right to legal advice after arrest

The constitutional right to legal advice after arrest

Yesterday the Supreme Court quashed Raymond Gormley’s conviction for attempted rape, due to the absence of legal advice prior to Garda questioning of him. The critical issue before the Supreme Court in People (DPP) v Gormley and People (DPP) v White was whether an arrested person is entitled to legal advice prior to the commencement of(…)

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