Brophy’s Law Blog

EU Regulations 2015 – Removal Orders, “Marriages of Convenience” and Offences

Following on from last week’s analysis on introduction of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015, this week’s blog will focus on other elements of the new Regulations dealing with removal orders,  “sham marriages” and other offences under the Regulations. Regulation 26 now adds in a provision for […]

Tackling Match Fixing

2016 had barely begun before the issue of sporting integrity once again came under the spotlight. This time the light dimmed upon tennis, as news broke earlier this month of a large group of repeat offenders involved in suspicious betting patterns. Tennis Ireland CEO Des Allen has been quick to […]

Pre-trial Rights

The popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer”, recently highlighted a number of serious potential failings in the criminal justice system in the United States. Unfortunately, such problems have the potential to develop in any criminal justice system. Given these potential failings, and the severity of their consequences, namely deprivation […]

Wrongful Death Actions

On 17th November 2015, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report on the treatment of persons in Irish prisons and their conditions of detention. The report follows a visit to several prisons and Garda stations in […]

Government to Make Slapping Children Indefensible

Ireland is one of the last EU member states who have not completely banned corporal punishment of children. Using force against a child is illegal. However, traditionally, parents have had the defence of “reasonable and moderate chastisement” in disciplining children. This common law defence was confirmed in Article 37 of […]