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Sworn enemies: the real story of Old Bailey clash that ruined Oscar Wilde

Playwright’s grandson reveals letter that tells of deep loathing felt for Wilde by lawyer in libel trialHe was the brilliant lawyer whose brutal 1895 cross-examination of Oscar Wilde in one of the most famous trials in British history led to the Irish dramatist’s imprisonment for homosexuality, and to his ultimate ruin. Now a previously unpublished letter reveals that Sir Edward Carson’s attack on Wilde in the Old Bailey was partly personal – a loathing that went beyond his job in defending the ...
Tags: Books, Television, Documentary, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Television & radio, Stage, LGBT rights, Oscar Wilde, Carson, Bailey, Wilde, Edward Carson


Irish church and state apologise for callous mother and baby homes

Taoiseach accepts state responsibility for historic cruelty as Catholic primate acknowledges ‘painful truths’The Irish state and Ireland’s Catholic church have made landmark apologies for running and enabling a network of religious institutions that abused and shamed unmarried mothers and their children for much of the 20th century.The taoiseach, Micheál Martin, led government figures on Wednesday in accepting responsibility and expressing remorse for mother-and-baby homes that turned generation...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Children, Religion, Society, World news, Ireland, Social exclusion, Catholicism, Christianity, Catholic, Child rights, Micheal Martin


Ireland publishes report on 'appalling' abuse at mother and baby homes

‘We embraced judgmental, moral certainty and perverse religious morality,’ says taoiseach Ireland has ripped back the veil on a dark historical chapter that condemned tens of thousands of unmarried mothers and their babies to callousness and cruelty in institutions run by both the state and the Catholic church.A judicial commission of investigation published a long-awaited 2,865-page report into a network of “mother and baby homes” that inflicted abuse and shame – with the complicity of wider so...
Tags: Europe, Children, Religion, Society, UK News, Ireland, Catholicism


UK ministers face legal action over lack of abortion services in Northern Ireland

Exclusive: government accused of failing to ensure access more than a year after terminations legalisedNorthern Ireland’s human rights commission (NIHRC) has launched a landmark legal action against the UK government for its failure to commission safe and accessible abortion services more than a year after abortion was made legal in the country, the Guardian can reveal.The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, is accused of unlawfully denying the rights of women in the country, who experts ...
Tags: Health, UK, Women, Society, UK News, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Abortion, Northern Irish politics, Department of Health Continue, Brandon Lewis, NIHRC


Northern Ireland to enter six-week lockdown from Boxing Day

Plan also approved to reinforce the ambulance service with units from Republic of IrelandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNorthern Ireland is preparing for a sweeping lockdown and the deployment of paramedics from the Republic of Ireland in an effort to control Covid-19.Health officials on Thursday proposed a six-week lockdown and approved a plan to reinforce the ambulance service with units from across the border. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, Society, UK News, World news, Ireland, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Coronavirus, Republic of IrelandCoronavirus


AI-Driven Spend-Management Platform Brightflag Raises $28M

Brightflag, an Ireland company whose platform uses artificial intelligence to help corporate legal departments better manage their legal spend and legal matters, said today that it has raised $28 million in a growth equity investment. The investment was led by London-based One Peak Partners, an investment firm that specializes in growth-stage technology companies in Europe, with participation from existing investors Sands Capital Ventures and Frontline Ventures. Brightflag says it will use the f...
Tags: Europe, London, Law, Uncategorized, Ireland, Dublin, Thomson Reuters, U S, Matheson, One Peak Partners, Alex Kelly, Sands Capital Ventures, Ian Nolan, COVID, Brightflag, Frontline Ventures Brightflag


A Girl from Mogadishu review – tragedy and joy in a daring escape

This based-on-fact story of a teenager who flees war in Somalia to become a crusading activist against FGM is earnest but effective dramaInspired by real events, this earnest but effective drama depicts how Ifrah Ahmed (played as a teenager by Malaika Herrador, and as an adult by Aja Naomi King) escaped Somalia during a war in 2006, made it to Ireland where she was eventually granted asylum, and then went on to become a crusading activist against female genital mutilation. It’s certainly a remar...
Tags: Health, Film, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Ireland, Middle East and North Africa, Somalia, Fgm, Ahmed, Mogadishu, Aja Naomi King, Ifrah Ahmed, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Drama films


Case preview: Justices will hear argument on whether unanimous jury ruling applies retroactively

In April, the Supreme Court ruled in Ramos v. Louisiana that the Sixth Amendment establishes a right to a unanimous jury that applies in both federal and state courts. On Wednesday in Edwards v. Vannoy, the justices will hear argument on whether inmates whose convictions became final before that decision can now take advantage of it. Although only two states, Louisiana and Oregon, have allowed non-unanimous jury verdicts in recent years, those states say that a ruling for the inmates could “seri...
Tags: England, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Oregon, Court, Ireland, Louisiana, Illinois, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Puerto Rico, The Supreme Court, Edwards, Gideon, Howe, Baton Rouge


An Emerging Ministers of Justice Movement

Since April, we have been calling for justice leaders of the world to get out of their national cubby holes and come together to share fears, failures, successes, and strategies, just like public health minister are doing. The COVID-19 crisis is too big and too unprecedented to deal with on your own national level. On 20 October, 22 ministers of justice did just that at the Justice for All in a Global Emergency meeting convened by Minister of Justice of Canada, David Lametti (see end for partici...
Tags: London, Justice, Law, Senegal, Czech Republic, Canada, Ireland, Sierra Leone, Chile, Morocco, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal, International criminal court, Belgium, Argentina


When Christmas was cancelled: a lesson from history

The prospect of a Christmas without large-scale celebrations is preying on minds. After the widespread cancellation of pantomimes, festive light “switch-ons" and other community activities, it seems likely that 2020's festivities will be much more intimate affairs, potentially with households banned from mixing indoors. But what if families ignore distancing rules, should they remain in place, and celebrate together rather than on Zoom? Politicians seeking to come down hard on rule-breakers migh...
Tags: England, London, Religion, Society, History, War, Public Health, Britain, Ireland, Christianity, Innovation, Charles, Kent, Ipswich, Canterbury, Norwich


D.C. BPR Rejects Contention That Conduct In Ireland Is Outside Disciplinary Jurisdiction

The District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility has recommended disbarment of an attorney This matter arises from Respondent Lawrence D. O’Neill’s representation of a client, Adriano Fusco, in Ireland and his handling of entrusted funds he obtained from the... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Ireland, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Board, Respondent Lawrence D O'Neill, Adriano Fusco


Legal Publishing: Open Access, Open Minds, Open Wallets

I found it challenging recently to be asked if I have any further observations or opinions in relation to open access to the law book environment. The short answer is, “probably not”, but the fault for that is mine. However, given that the significant issues relate almost exclusively to primary legal materials, most of what needs to be argued on that is done elsewhere. However, I do think that the question of open access in legal information publishing is entirely bound up with other related one...
Tags: Usa, UK, Law, Ireland, Vincent, Legal Publishing, House of Butter, Judicata, COVID, Michael Feit, Feit Consulting, John Willinsky


Law Reform Commission of Ireland Report on Accessibility of Legislation in the Digital Age

Law reform commission reports can be great sources for legal research. Many of the reports provide historical background and you can often find comparative information about how different jurisdictions have responded to an issue. Case in point: The Law Reform Commission of Ireland last week released a report on the Accessibility of Legislation in the Digital Age that makes a wide range of recommendations as to how legislation can be made available online in a more consolidated and comprehensive ...
Tags: Law, Wales, United States, Ireland, New Zealand, State, France Germany, Law Reform Commission, Substantive Law: Legislation, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Substantive Law: Foreign Law


How four British migrations defined America

Early British settlement of the American colonies came in four distinct waves, from different places.Puritans, Cavaliers, Quakers, and Borderers had their own ideas of what America should be.Some of the cultural fault lines in today's America can be traced back to those differences. Four 'folkways' How many Americans are of British descent? It's a surprisingly difficult question to answer. Is that because, in an age of hyphenated identities, the founding one is still the default? Or has that ide...
Tags: Maps, England, Identity, Scotland, Virginia, America, Society, History, Culture, Atlantic, Britain, Pennsylvania, United States, Ireland, Innovation, East Anglia


Billionaire Chuck Feeney achieves goal of giving away his fortune

Irish-American mogul’s philanthropic foundation runs out of cash after 38 yearsChuck Feeney has achieved his lifetime ambition: giving away his $8bn (£6bn) fortune while he is still around to see the impact it has made.For the past 38 years, Feeney, an Irish American who made billions from a duty-free shopping empire, has been making endowments to charities and universities across the world with the goal of “striving for zero … to give it all away”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Society, World news, Retail industry, US news, Ireland, Philanthropy, Feeney, Chuck Feeney


Opportunities or Problems Around First Editions

It was a pleasure to read of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries / Association canadienne des bibliotheques de droit 2020 Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing, to Emond Publishing, for LGBTQ2+ Law: Practice Issues and Analysis by Joanna Radbord, and to note with interest the other nominated books. It might be arguable that until such time as, in their totality, extremely large bodies of in-depth secondary legal material, analysis and explanation are produced for and initia...
Tags: UK, London, Law, US, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Harry Potter, Informa, Oxford University Press OUP, Legal Publishing, Hugh Lawford, Emond Publishing, Joanna Radbord, Alisa Lazear, Canadian Association of Law Libraries Association, Land Law


Mullenweg Showed LexBlog, And The World, The Value Of A Distributed Workforce

Five years ago, sitting out front of a West Hollywood coffee shop, Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, the operator of WordPress.com, asked me if I believed the best employees for LexBlog were located within forty miles of our Seattle offices. I didn’t think much of the question, and shrugged Mullenweg off. He was serious though. Automattic was operating without an office, and had employees around the world. Rather than calling employees, remote, Mullenweg ...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Law, Wordpress, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Ireland, United Kingdom, Portland, Ohio, Michigan, Seattle, Vermont, Matt Mullenweg, Cincinnati, West Hollywood


Argue & Phibbs, solicitors

Once a long-established law firm in Ireland with a name famed around the world, Argue & Phibbs has since been incorporated into the Sligo law firm of McTernan MacGowan. See also Sligo Town; plaque photo by Niall McAuley on Flickr. [Back story: this is adapted from an item I intended to post on Overlawyered in 2004 (!) and just now stumbled across while going over old post drafts.] Tags: humor, Ireland
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Ireland, Humor, Sligo, Phibbs, McTernan MacGowan See, Sligo Town, Niall McAuley


Troubles troops amnesty could break law, said Northern Irish watchdog

Les Allamby says he told ministers of concerns about plan’s compatibility with human rightsNorthern Ireland’s human rights commissioner warned that the government was at risk of breaching the law with “puzzling and troublesome” plans to limit prosecutions of British soldiers who served during the Troubles, it has been revealed.In a letter, Les Allamby said he had told ministers he had “deep initial concerns” about how their plans could satisfy European convention article 2 rights to a proper inv...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Military, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Les Allamby


Applying Rule 8.5 To Rule 8.4(b): Choice Of Criminal Law In Bar Discipline

A District of Columbia Hearing Committee has recommended disbarment of an attorney based on findings of misappropriation and dishonesty. One interesting aspect of the case is that the alleged misconduct took place in New York and Ireland, where the attorney... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: New York, Law, Ireland, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, District of Columbia Hearing Committee


Half of coronavirus deaths happen in care homes, data from EU suggests

Figures from Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and Belgium suggest UK underestimating care sector deathsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAround half of all Covid-19 deaths appear to be happening in care homes in some European countries, according to early figures gathered by UK-based academics who are warning that equal efforts must be made to fight the virus in care homes as in the NHS.Snapshot data from varying official sources shows that in Italy, Spain, France, Ireland...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, France, Eu, Spain, Society, World news, Ireland, Italy, Social Care, Belgium, Older people, Care workers, London School of Economics Continue, Coronavirus outbreak


"Capitalism, Social Democracy and Socialism: Which is Right for America?"

In what is probably my last trip for a good while (having so far cancelled events in Canada, England, and Ireland,with no doubt more to... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, America, Ireland, Brian Leiter, Canada England, Capitalism Social Democracy


IRS sues Facebook for $9bn

The IRS is suing Facebook for $9bn over unpaid taxes, reports Reuters, targeting its licensing of "intellectual property" to its own Irish subsidiary to shift profits to that lower-taxed jurisdiction. Under the arrangement, Facebook’s subsidiaries pay royalties to the U.S.-based parent for access to its trademark, users and platform technologies. From 2010 to 2016, Facebook Ireland paid Facebook U.S. more than $14 billion in royalties and cost-sharing payments, according to the court filing. Th...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Taxes, News, Law, Ireland, Irs, Reuters, Facebook Ireland, Facebook U S, Facebook for 9bn


Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe

Dating app Tinder is the latest tech service to find itself under formal investigation in Europe over how it handles user data. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has today announced a formal probe of how Tinder processes users’ personal data; the transparency surrounding its ongoing processing; and compliance with obligations with regard to data subject right’s requests. Under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) EU citizens have a number of rights over their personal d...
Tags: Google, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Tinder, Law, Tech, Information, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Data Protection, Data Security, DPC, General Data Protection Regulation, Data Controller


Paul Rice went underground to meet Russia’s LGBTQ population. ‘A Worm in the Heart’ is the result.

Director Paul Rice It’s one thing to stage a film on a set. It’s another to actually live it. Paul Rice did just that. The Irish-born director, who, at 30, now lives in San Francisco, felt a moral calling to after hearing stories of the suppression of queer people in Russia. Rice grabbed his camera, his boyfriend Liam, and set off to document the lives of LGBTQ Russians. His three-week trip consisted of stops in some of Russia’s largest cities via the Trans-Siberian railroad. The resulting fi...
Tags: Europe, Feature, UK, New York, Entertainment, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, Lifestyle, America, San Francisco, Eu, Society, Austria, United States


Samuel Beckett and the human condition | Letter

The Irish writer’s humour buoyed people up in their struggles to make ends meet and hope for a better world, writes Dr Gill GregoryYou report (17 January) that, in awarding Samuel Beckett the Nobel prize for literature in 1969, the committee were concerned about his “bottomless contempt for the human condition”. I lived in Dublin for five years (1971-76) and I witnessed, in pub after pub and home after home, the immense love and respect of so-called “ordinary” people for Beckett in his humanity ...
Tags: Europe, Society, World news, Poverty, Culture, Ireland, Social exclusion, Dublin, Samuel Beckett, Beckett, Gill GregoryYou


"This lack of personal involvement in the struggle did not stop Biden, when he was seeking national office, from inventing a civil rights past for himself."

"[Richard Ben Cramer, in his classic account of the 1988 presidential primaries, What It Takes,] reported on his rhetoric in the primaries in 1988: 'Joe was off on his life… how he started in the civil rights movement…remember?… The marches? Remember how that felt?… And they’re nodding in the crowd, and he’s got them, sure.' Even when his handlers warned him to stop saying this because it was not true, he couldn’t help himself: 'Folks, when I started in public life, in the civil rights movement,...
Tags: New York, Law, US, Joe Biden, Ireland, Ethnicity, Jfk, Biden, Catholics, Joe, Kennedys, RFK, American Catholic, Fintan O'Toole, Ann Althouse, Religion And Politics


A “view” from the courtroom: The bridge-and-tunnel crowd

Politics is in the air at the Supreme Court today. Not the looming impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will be drawing Chief Justice John Roberts across the street to the Senate in a matter of days, but the “Bridgegate” affair out of New Jersey. In 2013, three New Jersey officials schemed to close two of three access lanes normally dedicated to rush hour traffic from Fort Lee, N.J., onto the George Washington Bridge to New York City. (The other two lanes were shifted to join the e...
Tags: New York, Chris Christie, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Senate, Virginia, New York City, Bridget Kelly, Fort Lee, Ireland, Levy, New Jersey, Donald Trump, Abc News


Priests broke confession confidentiality to out gay soldiers to military

(Photo posed by models, via Unsplash/Public Domain) A British politician has apologized after it emerged some chaplains with the British armed force told superiors about gay and bisexual military personnel in the 1990s. The UK dropped its ban on openly LGB people serving in the armed forces in 2000. However, before this time, gay military personnel were routinely dismissed if their sexuality became known. According to the Times, some chaplains reported LGB personnel to their superiors after h...
Tags: UK, England, Navy, Life, Lifestyle, Military, Ireland, Ministry Of Defence, The Times, Confession, Defence, Chaplain, Lgbtq, Times, Ad Friendly, Queerty


Judges From Across Europe March to Defend Polish Peers Against Controversial Legislation

(WARSAW, Poland) — Judges from across Europe, many of them dressed in their judicial robes, marched silently in Warsaw on Saturday in a show of solidarity with Polish peers who are protesting a bill that would allow the government to fire judges who issue rulings officials don’t like. The judges visiting the Polish capital descended the steps of the Supreme Court to applause and chants of “Thank you!” from a large crowd. Their show of support came amid a four-year struggle to protect judici...
Tags: Europe, News, Justice, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Uncategorized, Eu, European Union, Turkey, Hungary, Ireland, United Nations, Poland, Croatia, Associated Press



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