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Over the last thirty years Ireland has become one of the preferred jurisdictions for multinational companies to base their main operating companies or other key functions. The activities carried out in Ireland by these companies include finance, intellectual property, research and holding companies. Indeed Ireland has regularly been the largest recipient of foreign direct investment from key jurisdictions such as the […]

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As published in The Irish Times, November 13th 2018. Did you know that cars are generating data about us and our movements every day? Journalist Neil Briscoe writes about the need for GDPR protection for cars, featuring our Head of Technology, Sean McElligott. To read the full article, please click here.

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As published in The Irish Examiner, November 12th 2018. Like it or loathe it, social media is a key feature of modern life. With every day that passes, we live more of our lives on the internet, says Patrick Walshe. That’s fine as far as private life goes, but what happens when an employee’s social media […]

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As published in the Sunday Business Post, Sunday 4th November 2018. The topic of transgender rights and equality has come to prominence in recent years and the latest decision of the Workplace Relations Commission on the subject, handed down in last month, is the perfect example of this.   This case involved an equality claim in […]

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As published in www.fora.ie on 4th November 2018. Mergers and acquisitions are a fact of life in Ireland – and a welcome reminder that the travails of the recent recession are largely behind us.  In 2018, we have seen a number of acquisitions of companies with the most prominent recent example being the takeover of […]

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The Home Building Finance Ireland Bill 2018 has recently passed Committee Stage (the “Bill”) in the Oireachtas. The Bill provides for the establishment, funding and operation of Home Building Finance Ireland (“HBFI”) an entity to be managed by the National Treasury Management Agency.   Why? HBFI is being established as a temporary measure to address […]

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Over the last 10 years, the eSports sector has been subject to a stratospheric rise.  We are a far cry away from the days when competitive gaming was perceived to be a group of teenage guys connecting their PCs over a LAN network in their living room.  Today, organisers of competitions involving leading platforms are […]

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Malta, the country with the 32nd highest global GDP per capita, recently achieved what all other international financial and economic powerhouses have either failed or been reluctant to do: it passed a bill introducing a set of rules which formalise the regulation of Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) and cryptocurrency exchanges.  Whilst the Virtual Financial Assets […]

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Can you guess who may know the following about you? where you live; where you work; where your kids go to school; your religion; how often you visit the doctor, whether you obey the speed limit; all of the contacts on your phone; details of all your phone calls, texts and messages; what radio stations […]

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The Supreme Court judgment in the Brandley and WJB Developments Limited v Deane and Lohan case1 (the “Brandley case”) brought to an end a long running legal saga and provided invaluable clarification of the limitation periods that apply to a claim in tort for property damage. The purpose of limitation periods is twofold: (i) to […]

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