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  • Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Bill 2020 update

    The Financial Provisions (Covid-19) (No. 2) Bill 2020 has completed Seanad Éireann, Fifth Stage. View here.

    Jul 31, 2020 3:37 PM

  • New online platform for grants of probate

    The Courts Service of Ireland has announced that a new online application process for grants of probate and letters of administration is set to be rolled out from September. View here.

    Jul 31, 2020 11:50 AM

  • Appeal against harassment conviction dismissed

    The Supreme Court of Ireland has dismissed the appeal of a Detective Garda who was convicted of the harassment of a State solicitor. [2020] IESC 45.

    Jul 29, 2020 8:52 AM

  • ECJ Invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework

    On July 7, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield framework in its ruling in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (Case C-311/18). More than 5,000 organizations in the United States have certified their adherence to this framework, and have relied on it to receive... (See Article)

    Jul 29, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Transferring Employee Data after EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Invalidated

    Businesses are now prohibited from transferring employee personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) to the U.S. under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield invalid in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Schrems (C-311/18) (Schrems II), effective immediately. Businesses that... (See Article)

    Jul 29, 2020 6:34 AM

  • European High Court Invalidates Privacy Shield, but Upholds Standard Contractual Clauses for International Data Transfers Under the GDPR

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Europe’s restrictive data protection law, permits the transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area1 (EEA) to other countries only under limited circumstances. On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU or Court) issued a highly anticipated decision in a case brought by... (See Article)

    Jul 29, 2020 6:34 AM

  • New Supreme Court judgment on marriage of convenience

    The Supreme Court of Ireland has ruled in a landmark judgment that a marriage is not void in law just because the Minister of Justice has found it to be a marriage of convenience. [2020] IESC 48.

    Jul 28, 2020 2:06 PM

  • Courts Service of Ireland update

    The Courts Service of Ireland has announced the official roll-out of its new website next week. The new website has been accessible for some time at beta.courts.ie alongside the existing site. From Wednesday 5 August, the old site will no longer be available. View here.

    Jul 28, 2020 2:01 PM

  • Schrems II landmark ruling: our recommendations

    On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published its decision in the landmark case Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Ltd, Maximilian Schrems and intervening parties, Case C-311/18 (known as the Schrems II case).  While the EU-US Privacy Shield (Privacy Shield) has been completely invalidated, the Standard Contractual Clauses... (See Article)

    Jul 28, 2020 6:33 AM

  • Nearly half of people risk illness from undercooked burgers

    Almost half of people surveyed in Ireland are at risk of getting sick from eating undercooked hamburgers. A total of 45 percent of respondents are risking illness from eating undercooked burgers because they don’t cook them to high enough temperatures to kill pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. Safefood’s Well Done BBQ Burger campaign... (See Article)

    Jul 27, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Health (Amendment) (Professional Home Care) Bill 2020 update

    The Health (Amendment) (Professional Home Care) Bill 2020 has completed Dáil Éireann, First Stage. View here.

    Jul 24, 2020 9:04 AM

  • Social Welfare (Covid-19) (Amendment) Bill 2020 update

    The Social Welfare (Covid-19) (Amendment) Bill 2020 has completed Dáil Éireann, First Stage. View here.

    Jul 24, 2020 8:59 AM

  • Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill 2020 update

    The Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill 2020 has completed Dáil Éireann, Fifth Stage. View here.

    Jul 24, 2020 8:57 AM

  • Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Bill 2020 passes first stage

    The Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Bill 2020 has completed Seanad Éireann, First Stage. View here.

    Jul 23, 2020 8:50 AM

  • Courts Service of Ireland update

    The Courts Service of Ireland launched the Annual Report for 2019 on 22nd July 2020. View here.

    Jul 23, 2020 8:50 AM

  • Irish survey finds good compliance for dried herbs and spices

    A survey in Ireland has found the majority of dried herbs and spices are safe but a small percentage may be contaminated with pathogens. Between August and the end of November 2017, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), Environmental Health Service and Official Food Microbiology Laboratory Group of the Health Service Executive (HSE) investigated... (See Article)

    Jul 23, 2020 6:34 AM

  • EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Program for Transfer of Personal Data to U.S. Found Invalid

    On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published its decision in the matter of Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”). The matter, arising from the transfer of Schrems’ personal data by Facebook Ireland to Facebook Inc. in the United States, presented questions concerning the... (See Article)

    Jul 23, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Judicial Council of Ireland lay members appointed

    Lay members have been appointed to a number of Judicial Council of Ireland committees and nominated for the panel of inquiry. View here.

    Jul 22, 2020 2:18 PM

  • Leannan River conservation area injunction granted

    The High Court of Ireland has granted an injunction against a quarry operating near the Leannan River Special Area of Conservation. [2020] IEHC 349.

    Jul 22, 2020 12:30 PM

  • Failure to implement Anti-Money Laundering Directive

    Ireland has been ordered to pay €2 million to the European Commission for delays in implementing the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive into national law in full. View here.

    Jul 20, 2020 9:38 AM

  • Financial Provisions (Covid-19) Bill 2020 update

    The Financial Provisions (Covid-19) Bill 2020 has completed Seanad Éireann, Fifth Stage. View here.

    Jul 20, 2020 8:19 AM

  • National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill update

    The National Oil Reserves Agency (Amendment) and Provision of Central Treasury Services Bill 2020 has completed Dáil Éireann, Fifth Stage. View here.

    Jul 20, 2020 8:12 AM

  • CJEU Invalidates EU-US Privacy Shield Framework

    Today, the Court of Justice of the EU has handed down its judgment in the highly-anticipated Facebook Ireland case (aka Schrems II) and invalidated the Privacy Shield Decision. For those of you who have followed this case, the CJEU took a “left turn at Albuquerque” in its decision since the primary contention of Mr. Schrems... (See Article)

    Jul 20, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Schrems II: It is not all bad news for international data transfers

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its judgment on a case brought by privacy rights activist, Max Schrems (C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems) (Schrems II) yesterday, July 16, 2020. The case concerned the transfer of personal data to recipients in the United States via the EU... (See Article)

    Jul 20, 2020 6:34 AM

  • Schrems II: The CJEU Declares EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Invalid, Upholds the SCCs And Calls On 27 Supervisory Authorities to Ensure Their Compliance

    In a highly-anticipated landmark judgment handed down on July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”, summarised in part 3. below and the full text of which can be accessed here) has: invalidated the European Commission Decision 2016/1250... (See Article)

    Jul 20, 2020 6:34 AM

  • EU ruling on Apple back taxes

    US tech giant Apple did not receive illegal state aid from Ireland and does not have to pay €14 billion in back taxes, the General Court of the European Union has ruled. View here.

    Jul 17, 2020 9:14 AM

  • Supreme Court judge nomination

    The former Attorney General of Ireland, Séamus Woulfe SC, has been nominated by ministers for appointment to the Supreme Court. View here.

    Jul 17, 2020 9:02 AM

  • Bar of Ireland chair elected

    Maura McNally SC has been elected as chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, succeeding Mícheál P. O’Higgins SC after two years in the post. View here.

    Jul 17, 2020 9:01 AM

  • Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill 2020 update

    The Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill 2020 has completed Dáil Éireann, First Stage. View here.

    Jul 16, 2020 10:02 AM

  • Appeal against Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food dismissed

    The owner of a fishing vessel has lost his appeal in an action taken against the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. The Court of Appeal agreed with the High Court that the proceedings should have been taken by way of judicial review. [2020] IECA 186.

    Jul 16, 2020 10:01 AM