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Medical Negligence*

All areas of medical negligence including medical error, birth mishandling, misdiagnosis, Inquiries and inquests.

Personal Injury*

Representing victims of accidents at work, road traffic accidents, industrial disease, product liability, enquiries and inquests.

Environmental Law

McGarr Solicitors have been involved in a number of substantial environmental law cases in the high courts.

Planning Law

McGarr Solicitors have acted in regulatory compliance summary proceedings for land owner

Probate

Our primary aim is to enable clients to achieve a tax-efficient and expedited Grant of Probate.

Employment Law

All aspects of employment disputes including unfair dismissal and breach of contract actions.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes fully into effect on 25th May2018. I suggest this soundbite to sum up the GDPR; “Nothing about me without me”. The phrase is not new, it comes most recently from the UK National Health Service in the terms “No decision about me without me”. Under the GDPR, processing of personal data (possession is processing) must be legal; it must be lawful. Each act of processing must be confirmed to be lawful anddocumented. That […]

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One Year Plus One Month

There is a revolution coming; in fact it has arrived. The revolution is favourable to persons, to individuals. A person is, in principle, entitled to control of her data. If government or commercial interests wish to use that data they must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is current law and comes into effect on 25th May 2018. That date represents a cliff-edge. That edge has been made more severe due to Brexit. Brexit, as the […]

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Brexit

“Brexit” is a neologism and a portmanteau word. It is one we have become familiar with in recent months. I doubt it is in any dictionary, being too new. Nevertheless, looking things up in dictionaries can be useful, even though you can’t find the word you are searching for. In connection with Brexit, “nominalism” is worth a look, about which my dictionary commences – “… a denial of the existence of abstract entities of any kind…”. Brexit is surely an […]

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Submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Health re Part 2 of the General Scheme of the Health Information and Patient Safety Bill

This submission was made today, slightly after the deadline of 3pm. Nonetheless, I have submitted it for the consideration of the Oireachtas Committee on Health in response to their call for submissions. I post it here for reference. Printable version can be downloaded here: *** HEALTH INFORMATION AND PATIENT SAFETY BILL Analysis of Part 2: PERSONAL DATA, PERSONAL HEALTH DATA AND PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION By Simon McGarr, McGarr Solicitors Section 5 (1) “Nothing in this Act shall be construed as […]

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McGarr Solicitors representing Syrian refugees

UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

McGarr Solicitors is acting for a number of Syrian refugees being held in Greece including Ensaf, 13, and her father Bashar. They are challenging the decisions of the European Council that have led to them being kept apart from Ensaf’s mother Layali and her brother Riyad, 15, now safely resettled in Germany. Last year their home in Syria was bombed, and the family’s priority was to use what little money they could scrape together to get their deeply traumatised son […]

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Microsoft wins in US Warrant Case over data in Ireland

US 2nd Circuit Courthouse where Microsoft win their warrant appeal

As readers with long memories may recall, McGarr Solicitors and White and Case of NY represented Digital Rights Ireland, joined by Liberty and the Open Rights Group in their amicus application to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of Microsoft’s appeal against an order in respect of a Warrant seeking certain data which was located in Dublin. You can read about that, including the full text of the amicus brief as filed, at our […]

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Application by EFF and DRI in DPC v Facebook and Schrems

On Friday 17th June 2016, McGarr Solicitors attended before Mr. Justice McGovern in the High Court on behalf of Digital Rights Ireland and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a US non-profit. Counsel applied for leave to file papers to support applications by our clients to be joined as amici curiae in the case of Data Protection Commissioner -v- Facebook Ireland Limited and Maximillian Schrems. The DPC is seeking a reference to the CJEU arising from Mr. Schrems’ complaint regarding the transfer […]

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Mass deportation is a mass breach of EU law

It is in Ireland’s interest (and the interest of the people of the EU) that the European Union endure. It is possible that the European Council http://europa.eu/about-eu/institutions-bodies/european-council/index_en.htm (including Enda Kenny) made a major error on 18th March 2016 (two days ago), undermining the EU. Reputedly, the European Council agreed the terms of a Joint Action Plan with Turkey. Currently, the exact terms of the Joint Action Plan have not been released to the public. Instead, the public has been issued […]

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Dept of Health and Data Protection Commissioner files on Individual Health Identifiers

Seeing as everyone is very busy with the election, I thought I’d give you something a bit different to read. So, thanks to an FOI request, please find below the documents details exactly what has and has not been agreed between the Department of Health and the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner in advance of the DPC receiving any complaints from the public. The files raise issues about the appropriateness of the relationship between the Independent regulator and the […]

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How does the FTC know what data is being transferred from the EU to the US?

Seal of the US Federal Trade Commission

On the 8th January last, a report caught my eye. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one of the Federal Trade Commissioners was talking about the Schrems case and its potential economic impact. Commissioner Brill said that the “vast majority of data impacted by Safe Harbour decision is HR data, which impacts jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.” I was struck by this assertion. It seemed unlikely, to say the least, that the volume of data transferred […]

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