The Brief 13th February 2014

Presenters, Andrew and Peter start with a preview of the topics for discussion on the show and a short discussion of this week’s other legal news stories, from a campaign in the UK for regulation of McKenzie Friends to a French court that awarded Michael Jackson fans compensation for the distress caused by the singer’s death.

On the 33rd aniversary of the Stardust fire which killed 48 local teenagers, Kitty Holland of the Irish Times reports on research, conducted for families of the victims, which finds that up to eleven witnesses may have committed perjury during the Stardust Tribunal and that the Tribunal’s findings may be incorrect.

Then Conor Gallagher of CCC Nuacht updates us on the goings on at the Anglo trial.

Dr Eoin Daly of the Law School at NUI Galway briefs us on the argument that a referendum and amendment to the Constitution may not be necessary for the Oireachtas to legislate for same sex marriage.

Dr Vicky Daly of the Law School at the University of Kent explains the relationship between the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission and the Garda Commissioner in the light of recent allegations that the GSOC office was bugged.

And Patrick Conway, President of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives, outlines the work carried out by legal executives and how legal regulation of this service could reduce legal costs and increase access to justice.

Presented by barristers Andrew Robinson and Peter Leonard.
Produced by Andrew Robinson and Killian Donoghue.
Recording and editing by Aoife Nic Canna.