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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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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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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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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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Family Law and Bandon Solicitors

Courts are regularly asked to resolve problems between the natural mother and father of a child where the parties have split up and particularly where the parents never married. Matters can become more complicated when one of the parents is in a relationship with a third party. Recently the Supreme Court was asked to make […]

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Enduring Power of Attorney

Have you ever though what would happen if you were involved in an accident or suffered from an illness which resulted in you not having the mental capacity to look after your own affairs? How would you or your family cope? Under the Powers of Attorney Act 1996 you can draw up a document called […]

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New Legislation for Rights of Way and Wayleaves

The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 (the majority of which came into effect on the 1st of December 2009) has brought about many changes to Irish Property Law. In particular, the 2009 Act makes considerable changes to the Law relating to the acquisition of Easements by prescription. An Easement is the right of […]

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Use the Law to Collect Money Owed to your Business

This weather most businesses have bad debts. How you look at bad debts will determine how successful you are at collecting them or not. Some bad debts are a complete write off and it is pointless pursuing them. This applies generally to companies that are in liquidation or in receivership. There are however a lot […]

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