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The Irish Government’s proposed Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill has a surprising omission – Eoin O’Dell

Last October and November, I sketched the evolution of the government’s proposals for a digital safety commissioner. Following a consultation process last Spring, and missing the deadline of the end of the year by a few weeks, they have published their proposals for the general scheme of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill. Continue reading

Ireland: Man wins ‘fleeting defamation’ case and is awarded €500, should the law of defamation really concern itself with such a trifle? – Eoin O’Dell

The latin maxim “de minimis non curat lex” is usually translated as “the law does not concern itself with trifles”, meaning the courts will not consider trifling matters. Christmas may be the time for trifles (like the Christmas trifle pictured right), but the Courts are not the place for them. Continue reading

Ireland: The Government’s plans for a digital safety commissioner proceed apace – Eoin O’Dell

In my earlier post on the demise of the UK’s current age-verification plans for online porn – and what that might mean for Ireland’s proposed Digital Safety Commissioner, I noted that long-standing Irish Government policy is to establish such a Commissioner, and that the current timetable is that it is intended to bring forward the necessary legislation before the end of the year. Continue reading

Ireland: Denis O’Brien’s libel case against the Sunday Business Post should never have reached the High Court – Eoin O’Dell

In last week’s Sunday Business Post (as trailed on the front cover, here; element right), I have an OpEd [doc] in which I argue that O’Brien’s case should never have reached the High Court, and that the Department of Justice needs to publish its review of the Defamation Act as soon as possible (you can download it below). Continue reading

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