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Thankfully, Ireland is gradually emerging from quarantine. As of 29 June, the overwhelming majority of businesses in the state have returned to some approximation of normal work. Usefully, Screen Producers Ireland have prepared Guidance Notes for both film and TV drama and factual/entertainment programme–making. While various stakeholders, including government agencies, have already published a number […]

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We will shortly find out if the Fine Gael–Fianna Fáil–Green Party coalition is going into government together. Obviously this is a historic development in Irish politics and no doubt all citizens await developments with great interest. Of particular relevance for employers is what the programme has to say on the subject of employment law. There […]

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As we enter the later phases of re-opening our country, it is vital that employers continue to observe and follow public health advice. With the new rules and guidelines put in place, employers are faced with new and unprecedented challenges in how to reopen businesses safely and effectively. The purpose of this briefing note is […]

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Introduction Contact tracing apps are being developed globally in a bid to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 and re-open economies. We published an article on 22 April looking at contact tracing apps and the European Commission’s attempts to encourage a co-ordinated approach in the area of contact tracing. This article provides an update […]

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As published in The Sunday Times, June 21st 2020. The programme for government, which was published last week, includes proposals on the right of employees to disconnect from work. Colin Coyle of The Sunday Times discusses, featuring head of employment law, Patrick Walshe. Full article available here.

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On 4 June 2020 the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) issued welcome guidance for directors of companies that ultimately become insolvent because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance is welcome and is in line with representations made by Philip Lee at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has affected almost every […]

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On Wednesday, June 17th, The British Irish Chamber of Commerce will host a panel discussion on Infrastructure and the Economy, How Infrastructural Investment can fuel the Recovery: A UK and Irish Perspective. This webinar will also explore the role of the private sector in financing public infrastructure following the COVID-19 outbreak. Construction Partner Angelyn Rowan will […]

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Partner Simon O’Neill discusses the Central Bank’s expectations and the process for credit unions applying to avail of increased lending limits. Full article available here.

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Property disputes have a tendency to become bitter and entrenched as represented in the 1990’s film The Field which centred on a belief of a tenant of a small plot of land, who had nurtured it from barren rock to a fertile field, that he had acquired a claim to the land when it was […]

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Businesses should always engage with their financial advisers and bank or financial institution in the first instance but should be aware that there are a range of other supports available to Irish businesses affected by COVID-19, including: 1. SBCI Credit Guarantee Scheme – The Government has repurposed the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS) to provide counter-guarantees […]

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