James McDermott

James McDermott

James McDermott: The risk of criminalising recklessness

James McDermott: The risk of criminalising recklessness

We should think hard about making it a crime for people to put themselves in situations from which they need rescuing

The enduring economic miracle of UCD football

The enduring economic miracle of UCD football

Watched by small crowds and run on a minuscule budget, the club still develops emerging talent

Leaving Cert changes will reward ‘lesser’ exam results

Leaving Cert changes will reward ‘lesser’ exam results

Tinkering with our grading system is a threat to fair and accountable exams, and benefits neither students nor universities

For sex offenders in our prisons, no rehab, no problem

For sex offenders in our prisons, no rehab, no problem

Startling gaps in the law mean that sex offenders are not required to attend even one hour of rehabilitation before walking free after their sentence ends

Boozy pub deals may not survive a sober judge

Boozy pub deals may not survive a sober judge

Heavy drinking in the Horse and Groom pub in London led to a supposed promise of a £15m bonus by the unorthodox boss of Sports Direct, Mike Ashley

James McDermott: Fans could make a play for League of Ireland clubs

James McDermott: Fans could make a play for League of Ireland clubs

With Irish clubs unable to compete with the English Premier League, maybe fans could do a better job of running the show

To infinity and beyond: why the cabinet needs to downsize

To infinity and beyond: why the cabinet needs to downsize

This ever-expanding cabinet would come as a surprise to the drafters of the Constitution

Where there is a will, there is a way to go

Where there is a will, there is a way to go

The Law Reform Commission’s report on succession makes recommendations that reflect the changing shape of Irish families, but could increase the number of legal rows

Champerty: The ancient law still felt today

Champerty: The ancient law still felt today

The ban on third-party legal funding dates from the tail end of the medieval era – and was abolished in Britain half a century ago

United Airlines: Selling a plane seat twice is pure greed

United Airlines: Selling a plane seat twice is pure greed

Overbooking and bumping passengers is perfectly legal but in other industries, it would be fraud

Why the diaspora shouldn’t get a vote

Why the diaspora shouldn’t get a vote

The idea of allowing Irish abroad to vote in elections is a nice break from reality, but not one we should embrace

That Oscar blooper has vindicated everyone who makes mistakes

That Oscar blooper has vindicated everyone who makes mistakes

We should not be afraid of our mistakes, because few people get to the top without making a few along the way

It’s rarely a good sign for the defence if snores are heard

It’s rarely a good sign for the defence if snores are heard

Every legal system occasionally lapses into dormancy, but there is judicial sympathy towards somnolence

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Standing on the shoulders of giants

When it comes to accountability, our politicians need to follow the lead of Roman engineers

Judiciary’s independence winner in Brexit ruling

Judiciary’s independence winner in Brexit ruling

Ireland’s robust common law system is a key attraction for firms rushing to leave London