Category Archives: Criminal law

Forgive, but don’t forget

I was once chatting to a Garda sergeant who was planning his retirement after a long career in the force. In the course of proudly recounting his unblemished record as a guard, and later as sergeant, he emphasised that he … Continue reading

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Big Brother really is watching you

In 1949 George Orwell published his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four depicting a future society governed by a dictatorship which infiltrated every minute aspect of the citizens life. This dictatorship is supported by the Party, which is controlled by the secretive leader … Continue reading

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Judicial discretion

“The discretion of a judge is said to be the law of tyrants; it is always unknown; it is different in different men; it is casual and depends upon constitution, temper, and passion. In the best, it is oftentimes caprice; … Continue reading

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Car insurance – Parents beware

One Latin legal term which is generally known and understood is “Caveat Emptor”, let the buyer beware. This is still an aspect of our law even with the introduction of consumer protection laws over the years. It means in effect … Continue reading

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The right to defend your home

Recently, when researching some material on the law of self-defence in Ireland I came across a headline over an article on this subject. The headline stated;  “Irish gun owners can now shoot intruders”. While the particular article was written some … Continue reading

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Do not drive without insurance

As everybody should know it is a criminal offence to drive a car in a public place without proper insurance cover. The consequences of a court conviction for driving without insurance are very serious and it is important to note … Continue reading

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How to make crime pay.

In Ireland our prison population at any one time numbers about 4,500 inmates. The average cost to the state of imprisonment for each prisoner is currently in the region of €77,000. The overall yearly cost to the exchequer to run … Continue reading

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