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Fraud Prevention (Whistleblowing “maxed”)

This blog has proposed a remedy for fraud of public funds in the past

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Corrib Gas Update

The court has decided (judgment delivered on 4th March 2010) that the 2nd and 5th defendants are NOT precluded from raising “public law issues”.

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Goodbye, Bill

Everywhere would have the benefits of an aesthetic and economical approach to computing. Unlike Bill Gates’ system, one would not encounter a “counter-intuitiveâ€? element in an interface.

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No!

Ireland has previously cast a veto (in the EU Council of Ministers) and it was denied that it had that effect.

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Naming & Shaming

The City of Derry wants to change its name. Actually the Derry City Council wants to change the name of the city, but the courts have ruled that they can’t do that because Charles II of England changed the name of the city from Derry to Londonderry by charter in 1652. (Note that the Council had changed its own name). The court went on to advance a questionable proposition; that the name could be changed by a change in the […]

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The Conveyancing Committee

The Conveyancing Committee is comprised of working solicitor members (working in private practice) brought together by the Law Society of Ireland to give guidance, and set procedures, in the resolution of questions that may arise in conveyancing transactions. Conveyancing is what lawyers do when transferring or mortgaging land or buildings. The members are unpaid for their work. They are, of necessity, deeply involved in conveyancing practice and, of course, earn their living from doing so. They tend not to belong […]

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The Richmond Hospital

The Richmond Hospital in North Brunswick St. has a new phase of life as a District Court building. It’s a fine two story building of red brick and terracotta with two wings on either side of a fine staircase to the entrance. Court 52 is clearly occupying what was once a hospital ward; broad and well lit, with gracious ceiling height in proportion to the size of the space. The structure inspires confidence in its developers, the medical men (and […]

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Let Them Eat Cake

Before 200 asylum seekers in direct provision accommodation in Limerick/Clare commenced a hunger strike (Irish Times 30/1/07) did the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform receive any prior inkling of their complaints? The complaints are, inter alia; a) In meals the “customersâ€? find hair strands; pieces of broken plastic and particles of shells. b) One toilet roll a week is allocated. Experience, shows this is inadequate. c) Lack of cleanliness This is a no-brainer. If it were a prison, […]

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French Big Brother awards

This posting is a blatant act of plagiarism. It is also a paean to the French Big Brother awards 2006 and French politicians, whose mission seems to include bringing laughter to the world, or the francophone section of it in any event, surely with the best of intentions. The awards, as the title suggests, goes to the persons promoting acts or policies generally familiar to the readers of Orwell’s “1984â€?. Nicholas Sarkozy was disqualified from admission to the awards this […]

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The Irish ePassport

We have commented previously on the ePassport and its lack of security. See the attached opinion of the EU Article 29 Data Protection Working Party on RFID tags in passports and its recommendations for steps to precede the introduction of the chipped passports. We cannot see that Ireland took any notice of the Working Party’s recommendations, not to speak of, inter alia, the concerns of Civil Liberties groups in the USA and Canada. For example, what State agencies, besides the […]

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