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The Irish government has proposed new regulatory guidelines to limit the impact of wind farms on local communities. The proposals, announced by planning minister Simon Coveney TD and environment minister Denis Naughten on Tuesday [13 June], would see the implementation of more stringent noise limits and a related monitoring regime, as well as visual amenities […]

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A key new obligation under the GDPR is the requirement that certain data controllers and processors appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO). A DPO is an individual who takes responsibility for an organisation’s data protection compliance. It is important that if required to do so, organisations have an appropriately qualified and effective DPO in place […]

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The STEP is an advantageous and relatively straightforward way for non-EEA entrepreneurs and business founders in the start-up space to gain the right to live in Ireland and establish their business.  It is suitable for people with entrepreneurial ability and good financial backing who wish to start a business in the innovation area or to […]

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The IIP is a key initiative by which the Irish government seeks to attract foreign direct investment into Ireland on the promise of secure and flexible residency status for the investor and his or her family.  Applicants for the IIP must be “high net worth individuals” meaning they must have a personal wealth of at […]

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On 23 May 2017, the Concessions Directive (2014/23/EU) was finally implemented into Irish law, over a year after the Public Contracts Directive (2014/24/EU) and the Public Utilities Directive (2014/25/EU) were transposed. The European Union (Award of Concession Contracts) Regulations 2017 (S.I. 203/2017) (the “Regulations”) are retrospective in effect, meaning that the new regime is deemed […]

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Introduction If recent events in the world of soccer are to go by, gambling is a dangerous game for professional sports persons and can have a serious impact on careers. It is therefore important to highlight recent betting-scandals to ensure that those engaged in managing sports, recognise and take steps to seek to assist professional […]

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Introduction With the close of the Premier League season, attention has quickly turned to the speculation of which star players will be bought by teams seeking to improve their squads over the offseason. Last summer, Premier League clubs spent over £1 billion on players (http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37209664), with the highlight being the record transfer of Paul Pogba […]

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On 31 May 2017 the Construction Industry Federation announced that it has received government approval for the drafting and publication of new legislation requiring builders, contractors and specialist subcontractors wishing to carry out certain construction works to register with the Construction Industry Register Ireland (“CIRI”).  This constitutes another step in the increasingly regulated environment surrounding […]

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On 15 November 2016, part of the 4th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (the “Directive”) was transposed into Irish law by The European Union (Anti-Money Laundering: Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Entities) Regulations 2016 (the “Regulations”). The Regulations and the Directive place additional obligations on Irish corporate entities and shareholders that should not be ignored. Ita O’Sullivan […]

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As published in the Sunday Business Post on Sunday 28th May 2017. Very frequently, one will hear about public figures under investigation being asked to “step aside” pending the outcome of the process. It isn’t automatic, but very often figures embroiled in matters of controversy are asked to remove themselves for the duration. However, what’s […]

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