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    Successfully Doing Business Overseas: Is Ireland the Perfect Match for the Online Dating Industry?

    With Valentine's Day upon us and love in the air this week, I thought I would pivot somewhat and delve into another sub-sector of the tech world - the online dating industry.

    Technology
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    Irish Gambling Control Bill 2018

    On 21 February 2018 members of Fianna Fáil (the main opposition party to the Government) introduced the Gambling Control Bill 2018 as a Private Members' Bill.

    Betting, Gaming & Licensing
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    New non-financial and diversity disclosure obligations affecting directors of some large companies

    The European Union (Disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups) Regulations 2017 (the Non-Financial Disclosure Regulations, or the Regulations) were signed on 30 July 2017 by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and will come into operation on 21 August 2017.

    Corporate & M&A
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    Adverse Weather and Construction Contracts

    The Beast from the East meets Storm Emma. It might sound like the premise for a charming fairy tale but the extreme weather will undoubtedly have affected the progress of construction and engineering projects across the country—irrespective of their size and complexity.

    Construction
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    Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    This week, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has released statistics confirming a 31% increase over the past 5 years of complaints alleging sexual harassment in the workplace.

    Employment & Incentives Belfast
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    Brexit: EU Publishes a Draft Withdrawal Agreement

    Today, at 1 o’clock Brussels time, the European Commission published a draft Withdrawal Brexit Agreement.

    Brexit
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    Asset Management & Investment Funds Q&A: February 2018

    Q. What are the key aspects of the Data Protection Bill of most relevance to businesses that are in the process of preparing for the GDPR?

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Asset Management & Investment Funds: EU & International Developments - February 2018

    From an International perspective we look at the EU Commission notices on the consequences of Brexit on Asset Management and other banking and finance sectors, the MMF Regulation and the EU Commission letter to ESMA on share cancellation, updated ESMA Q&As on the Benchmarks Regulation, IOSCO recommendations and good practices for CIS liquidity risk management, ESRB recommendations that ESMA....

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Asset Management & Investment Funds: Irish Practice Developments - February 2018

    From an Irish Practice and Domestic perspective, we look at some approaching compliance deadlines, a Central Bank speech on the importance of diversity in financial services and Central Bank Markets Updates and improvements to Loan Originating QIAIFs.

    Asset Management & Investment Funds
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    Extreme Weather Warnings – What Irish Employers Need to Know

    Ireland is bracing itself (literally) for the first code red alert of 2018 – the 'Beast of the East' (otherwise known as Storm Emma). The lead in time for Storm Emma presents a welcome opportunity for employers to forward plan and ensure employees are well informed of contingency work plans.

    Employment
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    Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017 completes Committee Stage in Dáil Eireann

    Further to our recent bulletin, the Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017, which further transposes the EU statutory audit package and consolidates existing audit legislation into the Companies Act 2014, commenced and completed the Committee Stage in Dáil Eireann yesterday, when the Committee approved the Bill and the various amendments tabled.

    Companies Act
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    Project Ireland 2040 - Building Ireland’s Future: The National Planning Framework

    On 16 February 2018, the Government published the National Planning Framework (NPF), which, together with the National Development Plan (NDP), form ‘Project Ireland 2040’ - the Government's vision for how to develop the country over the coming decades.

    Environmental & Planning