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Victims of Crime Bill

Following on an EU Directive the Government will pass the Victims of Crime Bill on the 16th November 2015.  In essence once a victim of crime makes contact with the Gardaí the Act requires the Gardaí to give information about victim support services to the victim and is obliged to refer the victim to such […]

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Consumer Rights

If you as a consumer have a difficulty in trying to get a refund when an item you have purchased is defective you are not in the minority. Very often retailers to not adequately inform customers about how to return a defective item to the seller and very often warranties get confused with statutory rights. […]

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Breath Test Results in Irish & English

If you were convicted of drunken driving within the last two weeks you should immediately appeal this conviction to the Circuit Court as you have a good chance of getting off. This is the case if you were breathalysed using an Intoxalyser in view of the decision of Judge Noonan in the High Court on […]

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Garda Interviews

The Gardai are entitled to interview if you have been arrested, charged and cautioned. Detainees can now have their Solicitor present during interviews after a major policy shift by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) following a Supreme Court Judgment. The right to have your Solicitor present during interviews brings Ireland into line with most […]

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Growing Interest in Solar Energy in Ireland

Growing Interest in Solar Energy in Ireland Solar Photovoltaics (PV) is one of the renewable technologies available to help us meet out renewable electricity targets of 40% renewable electricity by 2020. There is expectation within industry that a renewable energy feed-in tariff will soon be announced by the government to support the development of largescale […]

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Access to Children

My Ex-Partner/Wife Won’t Let Me See The Children !!! This really should be rephrased “My Ex Partner/Wife won’t let the children see me”.  Children have a Constitutional right to have access to their parents (their grandparents and extended family).  This right can be upheld in the local District Court at very short notice and generally […]

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Maintenance Payments

My Ex-Husband is not paying maintenance for the children or if he is, he is giving the children the money to give to me. Parents have an obligation to maintain their children and there are legal rules and regulations set up to enforce this. Generally the matter can be dealt with in the local District […]

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Unlawful Use of Handcuffs

Unlawful Use of Handcuffs in Suspected Drink Driving Situation In the Case of DPP .v. Cullen decided by Judge Fennelly in the Supreme Court in February 2014, the Court ruled that in arresting a person for a criminal offence a Garda may only use such force as is reasonable in all the circumstances. In the […]

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Evidenzer Machine

The Evidenzer Machine   Within the last 2 years, the Gardai, when taking breath samples in a Garda Station to check for the presence of alcohol have started to use a machine known as the Evidenzer. Before that the breath testing machine was known as the Intoxilyser. In relation to the use of the Intoxilyser, […]

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Garda Vetting & Previous Convictions

In 2012, the Government under Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter brought forward a Bill known as the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill. Its purpose was to “drag” Ireland into line and compliance with its International Human Rights Law obligations and effectively put a time-limit on the duty to disclose a criminal record. In effect, to […]

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