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In January 2018, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) published new Guidelines for the Immigrant Investor Programme (the “IIP”). By way of brief summary, the IIP is a programme established in 2012 by the Irish government to facilitate non-EEA nationals and their families who commit to an approved investment in Ireland to acquire a […]

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (“the DFAT”) has recently launched the long-awaited “National Plan on Business and Human Rights 2017-2020” (“the Plan”). The Plan seeks to give some effect to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights adopted in 2011 and expresses the Government’s commitment to promoting responsible business practice […]

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Francovich and now Ogieriakhi? The Irish Supreme Court finds balance in determining a Member State’s liability in damages for breach of EU law. The Supreme Court recently delivered its decision in the case of Ogieriakhi v Minister for Justice and Equality & Ors bringing some clarity to the circumstances in which EU Member States will […]

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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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Much has been said and written about the implications of Britain’s astonishing Brexit referendum decision. It will surely be years before we know the extent of the changes set in motion by the vote to leave the European Union and, for now, it appears that there is precious little that experts can agree in respect […]

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