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Ursula Kilkelly of UCC, on The Fifth Court podcast

In the new episode of The Fifth Court, Ursula Kilkelly speaks about her work as head of the UCC School of Business and Law, as well as children’s rights and the Oberstown Detention Centre. The following cases are also discussed: Costello v. Government …

Decisis | December 5, 2022

What is the Witness Protection Programme, and how is it viewed by the Irish Courts? (Part 1 of 2)

Introduction Ireland’s Witness Protection Programme (“WPP”; “the Programme”) has received a lot of renewed interest in recent weeks as Jonathon Dowdall will enter the WPP following his decision to give evidence as a State witness in the trial of Gerard …

Gregory Murphy BL | December 2, 2022

Sara Phelan SC, Chair of the Bar Council, on The Fifth Court podcast

This week’s guest on The Fifth Court is Sara Phelan SC, Chairperson of the Bar Council. She makes the following book recommendations: Philippe Sands, both East West Street, and The Last Colony. And recommends the film Twelve Angry Men. Also discussed a …

Decisis | November 29, 2022

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan on Erskine Childers’s trial, habeas corpus, and execution -The Fifth Court podcast

  On the new episode of The Fifth Court, Gerard Hogan of the Supreme Court of Ireland discusses the case of Erskine Childers, the renowned author of the Riddle of the Sands, who ran guns for the Irish Volunteers on his ship, the Asgard, was secret …

Decisis | November 22, 2022

The Mobility of Irish – but not British – Lawyers in the European Union

The growing demand for cross-border legal services across the European Union (“the EU”) makes it easier for lawyers to envisage a career beyond national borders. The preferred destination for EU-qualified lawyers is Belgium (where most of the EU instit …

Brendan Rooney BL | November 17, 2022

Courts in the electronic age: Gerard Groarke BL and Stephen Dowling SC

The guests in this week’s episode of The Fifth Court podcast are Gerard Groarke BL and Stephen Dowling SC. Each of them has taken steps to bring the legal profession kicking and screaming into the electronic age. Gerard with his Paperless Academy initi …

Decisis | November 15, 2022

Difficulties with the Proposed Mother and Baby Homes Redress Scheme

This short piece attempts to synopsize the difficulties present in the Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme Bill 2022 which is currently making its way through the Oireachtas. By way of background, when the Final Report of the Mother and Baby Ho …

Sean Beatty BL | November 14, 2022

Colm O’Dwyer SC, on The Fifth Court podcast

In this weeks episode of The Fifth Court podcast, Colm O’Dwyer SC talks about his work in the area of asylum and immigration, his background in student politics in the 1990s, the changes in the Irish immigration landscape, and his treading the boards w …

Decisis | November 8, 2022

Katherine McGillicuddy BL on The Fifth Court podcast

The guest on this week’s episode of The Fifth Court podcast is criminal law barrister, Katherine McGillicuddy. She speaks about witness protection, the continuing low rates of pay under the criminal law scheme, and the work of the Special Criminal Cour …

Decisis | October 31, 2022

The Fifth Court podcast – Keith Walsh, family law solicitor

The guest on this week’s episode of The Fifth Court podcast is Keith Walsh, solicitor, who discusses various issues relating to family law, including: the ‘in camera’ rule, and whether it is fit for purpose; whether the guidelines for proper provision …

Decisis | October 25, 2022