The Bar of Ireland Podcasts

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Latest Episodes

Speaking Freely – Grace Sullivan BL on the Impact of New Legislation on Religious Speech

Religious speech or hate speech?

New legislation raises questions about the potential criminalisation of aspects of religious speech. In this episode, Grace Sullivan BL speaks on some of the points raised in her recent Bar Review article on the topic.

Read Grace’s article in The Bar Review

Change of Plan: Draft Planning & Development Bill with Tom Flynn SC

What’s changing in planning law?

Tom Flynn SC provides a whistlestop tour of the Draft Planning & Development Bill, and some key questions that have arisen out of its publication.

Read the Oireachtas Report on the Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Bill

Read Tom’s article in The Bar Review.

View Tom’s Law Library profile

Discovery: Will Reform Work? Emile Burke Murphy & Roddy Bourke, Solicitor

Why is the process of discovery considered onerous and burdensome, and what has been proposed to improve this?

Discussing the recommendations of the Review of the Administration of Civil Justice, Emile Burke-Murphy BL and Roddy Bourke, Litigation Partner at McCann Fitzgerald, outline the proposed changes and some considerations of how a new scheme for discovery will affect civil litigation and access to justice. Read more in Roddy and Emile’s recent Bar Review article.

Coercive Control & Stalking Legislation with Eithne Reid O’Doherty BL

Discussing her recent Bar Review article co-written with Sean Gillane SC, Eithne Reid O’Doherty BL outlines the legal landscape around domestic abuse, coercive control and stalking – as well as what still needs to be done.

Content Warning: This episode contains some graphic discussion of domestic abuse cases which some listeners may find upsetting.

Brexit & The Future of Irish Football Pt. 2 | Liam Brady, Johnny Giles, Gareth Farrelly & Dave McCoy

An all-island football league?

SLBA Podcast Competition winners Noel Campbell Jr. BL & Neil Horgan BL are joined by a stellar line-up of guests, discussing Irish football post-Brexit and the opportunities and challenges surrounding a potential all-island league.

Climate Law, Rights and Accountability | Clíona Kimber SC & Dr. Andrew Jackson

Do we have a right to a healthy environment?

Clíona Kimber SC and Dr. Andrew Jackson of UCD talk on a model environmental law, Climate Case Ireland, biodiversity and their outlook on the future in this all-encompassing discussion on climate law.

2022 Human Trafficking Bill with Colm O’Dwyer SC

The Council of The Bar of Ireland recently welcomed a new General Scheme of a Bill addressing Human Trafficking issues; however had raised some issues in an October submission to the Oireachtas Justice Committee.

In this podcast, Colm O’Dwyer SC highlights some issues in the General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Sexual Offences and Human Trafficking) Bill 2022.

Read the submission here:…sCttee-final.pdf

Brexit and the Future of Football | Sports Law Bar Special Pt. 1

As winners of the Sports Law Bar Association (SLBA) Podcast Competition, Noel Campbell Jr BL and Neal Horgan BL meet with a range of sports personalities to discuss what the implications of Brexit are on football in Ireland.

In this episode hosted by Ali Bracken Ziad BL, Noel and Neal hear from Dr. Seán Ó Connaill, UCC; Liam Kearney, Head of Academy at Cork City FC; Brian O’Callaghan, Treaty United; Brendan O Sullivan, Solicitor, and Niamh O’Mahony, Football Supporters Europe and recently elected to the board of the FAI.

For more information on the SLBA and their conference on 2nd December, visit

Immigration, Asylum & Citizenship in Focus | Michael Conlon SC & Denise Brett SC

Climate migration, displacement, international protection and Ukraine – Michael Conlon SC & Denise Brett SC speak on these issues and more related to Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship law in this episode of our in Focus Series.

For more information on IACBA, visit

Intro Music: Positive Fuse – French Fuse

Crypto-assets and the Law with John Breslin SC & David Sweetman BL

The crypto-asset market has increasingly become an area of intense interest for policymakers and regulators in recent years; John Breslin SC and David Sweetman BL delve into this topic and chart how the law is responding to developments in this new area.

Adapted from an article published in The Bar Review Volume 27 Issue 4. Read more at:

Wasted Costs Orders & Implications for Practitioners | Tomás Keys BL

Tomás Keys BL considers the new Order 99 Rule 9 of the Rules of the Superior Courts – including how a recent judgement casts light on how wasted costs orders can now possibly be brought against barristers as well as solicitors.

Adapted from an article published in The Bar Review Volume 27 Issue 4. Read more at:

Aspiring Lawyers Talk Inclusivity at the Bar | Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month 2022, Law Library Members Aoife Farrelly BL and Femi Daniyan BL are joined by three aspiring lawyers and third level students Teniola Shittu, Eric Ehigie and Munachi Soribe.

The wide-ranging discussion focuses on the students’ perceptions of the Bar, barriers to access for people from minority backgrounds, and steps the Bar is taking to improve access, equality and diversity.

Analysis of the Personal Injuries “Insight” Clause with Eugene Deering BL

Eugene Deering BL argues that the “insight” clause in 2021 Personal Injury Guidelines, reducing awards for plaintiffs suffering traumatic brain injuries, is a cause for concern.

Adapted from an article published in The Bar Review Volume 27 Issue 3.

To Release or not to Release? Temporary Release Developments with Miranda Egan Langley BL

What are the three types of temporary release from prison? How has recent case law impacted on this area?

Miranda Egan Langley BL explores all this and more in this episode based on her contribution to a recent issue of The Bar Review.

Adapted from an article published in The Bar Review Volume 27 Issue 3.

Tax Law in Focus | Specialist Bar Series

Eoin Clifford SC speaks on how he came to practice in the wide-reaching area of tax law, recent developments in the domain, and the upcoming inaugural Tax Bar Association Conference.

The Tax Bar Association Conference takes place on Saturday 8th October in Dublin, featuring talks from top practitioners in the area and members of the Judiciary. Register here.

Access to Funds: EU Crowdfunding Regulation with Brendan Guildea BL

How does new regulation impact on Crowdfunding platforms? Brendan Guildea BL explores the the 2020 EU Crowdfunding Regulation and Statutory Instrument 702/2021.

Adapted from an article published in The Bar Review Volume 27 Issue 3. Read more at:

View Brendan’s interview with TRASTRA here

Interview with The Hon. Mr. Justice Kevin Cross

On the occassion of his retirement, The Hon. Mr Justice Kevin Cross speaks to David Nolan SC, reflecting on a 36 year career at the Bar, his time at the Bench, and some of the personalities & experiences of his distinguished career.

This podcast was originally recorded in June 2021.

Music: Blank Slate – VYEN

Accessibility at the Bar

What can we do to make the Bar more accessible?

In our latest podcast in collaboration with disAbility Legal Network, Aoife McNickle BL and Silvia-Maria Crowley BL were joined by our colleagues from across the sea, Faisel Sadiq of Gatehouse Chambers and Mark Henderson of Doughty Street Chambers, to discuss what we can learn from our neighbouring jurisdiction on disability inclusion. What followed was an enlightening conversation on individual experiences, disclosure, and how barriers can be removed.

Artist Emma Stroude In Conversation | In Plain Sight Commission

We caught up with artist Emma Stroude in her studio in Sligo. Emma is embarking on the 2022 In Plain Sight commission of Frances Kyle and Averil Deverell, who were the first women to be called to the Irish Bar in 1921.

In Plain Sight is a joint initiative between The Bar of Ireland and The Honorable Society of King’s Inns to increase representation of women in the law through portraiture. Learn more and contribute at

Intro Music: Please – Wayne Jones

Pride at the Bar

Courage is the theme of Pride 2022.

In this informal, free-flowing discussion, Sean O’Sullivan BL, OutLaw Network, Aoife McNickle BL, Chair of our Equality & Resilience Committee, and our colleague Amy Walsh BL discuss what it means to be LGBTQ+ at the Bar. And how any and all of us – including The Bar – can play a role.

Intro Music: Tropic Fuse – French Fuse

Keeping the Native Irish Honey Bee – Climate Bar Association Webinar (in audio)

This is an audio version of a fantastic hybrid seminar on the legal protections being proposed in respect of the Native Irish Honey Bee, held at The Bar of Ireland.

As this podcast was recorded across Zoom as well as in person, the sound quality is less than optimum, but the value of the contributions and discussion no less.

International Day for Persons with Disabilities Panel Discussion

What are the accessibility barriers for people with disabilities in the legal profession?

This discussion, originally recorded in December 2021, aims to enhance awareness about disabilities and to promote diversity and inclusion within the profession.

Hosted by Aoife McNickle BL, chair of the Equality and Resilience Committee, the panel consists of: Silvia-Maria Crowley BL; Caoimhe Grogan, Trainee solicitor at A&L Goodbody LLP and Vice-chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Disability Legal Network; Matt McCann, CEO and Co-founder of Access Earth and Aisling Glynn, Solicitor, McMahon & Williams Solicitors.

Sports Law in Focus | Specialist Bar Series

Over the last few decades, the intersection of law and sports has evolved into its own discipline. What does it involve?

In this episode of our In Focus series, Susan Ahern BL, Chair of the Sports Law Bar Association outlines this area of practice, and gives a fascinating insight into the top issues in sports litigation today.

Employment Law in Focus | Specialist Bar Series

As part of The Bar of Ireland Podcasts In Focus Series, Lauren Tennyson BL joins this week’s episode to talk about the latest developments in Employment Law, her journey to the Bar, and the work of the Employment Bar Association. Hosted by Ali Bracken Ziad BL.

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