Data Retention Directive declared invalid by Eurpean Court of Justice

On 8 April 2014, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”), delivered a judgment in which it declared invalid the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) (the “2006 Directive”). The matter of validity of the Directive was referred to the ECJ by two joined cases, one from Ireland and one from Austria. The issue prompting these cases was the question surrounding the legality of national measures concerning the retention of data relating to electronic communications.

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What’s new in the Road Traffic Act, 2013?

The Road Traffic No.2 Act 2013 when enacted will bring a number of changes to Road Traffic Law in relation to Cognitive Tests, Clocking, Hit and Run, Penalty Points, Hospitals and Driver’s Licences.

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Guide to Wills for Unmarried Couples

Unmarried Partners do not benefit from the protection given to spouses under the Succession Act. If a partner dies intestate, i.e. without making a will, the surviving partner has no rights of inheritance.

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Reforms to the In Camera Rule

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence has signed into law reforms to the in camera rule for family law and childcare proceedings.

The Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 (Part 2) (Commencement) Order 2014 allow the media to attend and report on family law and childcare proceedings according to strict conditions including a prohibition on the reporting of any information likely to identify the parties to the proceedings or any child to whom the proceedings relate.

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Increase in limit for solatium from January 14th 2014

The maximum amount of damages for mental distress that can be awarded to the dependants of a deceased person in wrongful death cases under Part IV of the Civil Liability Act 1961 (as amended) increased from €25,394.76 to €35,000.

This new limit for solatium took effect from 11th January, 2014.

It reflects the increase in the CPI since the limit was last modified in 1996.

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Jurisdiction of Civil Courts to change 3rd February 2014

The changes to the monetary jurisdictions of the civil courts provided for in Section 2(1) and Part 3 of the Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 will take effect on 3rd February, 2014.

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Award from EAT in Unfair Dismissal case

Following two days of hearing before the EAT in an unfair dismissal case, a substantial award was made by the EAT in favour of our client.

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European Court of Justice rules in favour of Waterford Crystal workers

The European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) 25 April 2013 ruled in the case of Hogan and Others v Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Ireland, Attorney General (the “Waterford Crystal case”). The Court held that Ireland has failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 8 of Directive 2008/94 EC (the “Directive”) on the protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer.

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Local Property Tax

An annual Local Property Tax (LPT) charged on all residential properties in the State will come into effect from 1 July 2013.

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Extension of Maternity Leave and Benefit in cases of Premature Births

From 1st October 2017, the period for which maternity benefit is paid is being extended in cases where a baby is born prematurely. Read more.

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