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As published on Legal Island, 22 February 2021. In the first of a new series of articles on Legal Island, head of employment, Patrick Walshe, addresses key questions often asked about probationary periods. This article includes a checklist to help employers review probationary clauses in employment contracts. What is probation? Probation is a period of […]

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Financial management software company, AccountsIQ, has raised €5.8m in a new funding round. The financing was led by Amsterdam-headquartered Finch Capital, a venture capital firm that is a partner with Enterprise Ireland in a €20m fintech-focused fund. AccountsIQ is to use the funding for growth and recruitment across sales and marketing, customer success and engineering […]

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Published in the Irish Examiner, February 16 2021. Article written by Eamon Quinn. Eamon Quinn writes about the impending decision by Ulster Bank on its future in the Irish marketplace. Featuring head of EU and competition, Ronan Dunne, who comments on the potential competition implications of the bank leaving the Republic. Full article available here.

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On 26 January 2021, the Irish Government made an announcement advising of the extension of the current Level 5 domestic restrictions, which will now remain in place until 5 March 2021. The Government also proposed key measures to further restrict travel into Republic of Ireland (the “ROI”) which included the following: the introduction for the […]

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As published in the Business Post, February 7 2021. Many businesses hit by Covid-19 restrictions will have little choice but to reduce their workforce this year – but it’s important to do so in a legally compliant way. Employers continue to live with the Covid-19 restrictions, as do their staff. While this year will hopefully […]

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Following on from Philip Lee’s role in advising South Dublin County Council on Ireland’s first large-scale district heating scheme, Hugh Cummins discusses his recent article on district heating and its potential role in helping Ireland to achieve its energy efficiency and renewable targets for 2030. Article available here.  

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Private equity investor, Rutland Partners, has completed its investment in JSM Group, a UK-based market leading infrastructure services provider to the critical digital communications and power sectors. JSM provides services across multiple areas including FTTP (Fibre To The Premises), the core fibre infrastructure network, mobile networks and datacentre connectivity as well as high-voltage connections in […]

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The headline from the recent decision in Gravity Construction Limited v Total Highway Maintenance Limited [2021] IEHC 19 (“Gravity”) was that for the first time the Irish High Court handed down judgment concerning the enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision awarded pursuant to the Construction Contracts Act 2013. The decision was also significant for the Court’s […]

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In late 2020 South Dublin County Council (“SDCC”) entered a contract for a large-scale district heating project in Tallaght, Dublin 24. This project, on which Philip Lee advised SDCC, is Ireland’s first large scale district heating scheme which will see the construction of an energy centre and associated pipe network to supply heat to SDCC’s […]

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