Brexit & Ireland, an inside story of the Irish response

Tuesday, 03 September 2019
Need to understand how Ireland helped to shape the EU's response to Brexit? RTÉ's Europe correspondent Tony Connelly tells the dramatic story of the Irish response to this political and economic earthquake. Read More...

Stanhope Forbes, father of Cornwall's Newlyn School of painting

Friday, 16 August 2019
Dublin-born Stanhope Forbes spent time painting Brittany before founding the influential Newlyn School of painters in Cornwall in the late 19th century. Read More...

Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Row over interference of UK Supreme Court in Scotland's legal system

Scottish Government sets up a group of experts to look into the impact of UK court overruling Scots court cases.

Scottish Government sets up a group of experts to look into the impact of UK court overruling Scots court cases.

The controversy started in May 2011 after the London-based court overruled the conviction of a man found guilty of murder by the Scottish courts.

In a previous case known as the Cadder judgement, the UK Supreme Court had also ruled on criminal convictions in Scotland, forcing the Scottish Government to enact emergency legislation to prevent compensation payments worth hundreds of millions of pounds to nearly 3,500 conviction cases.

Despite the Union of the kingdoms of Scotland and England in 1707, the Scottish legal system retained its independence as a separate legal system with its own courts governed by Scots Law. The UK is the only state within the EU that has more than one legal system.

The ruling of the UK Supreme Court on a Scottish criminal case prompted a row between the Scottish Government and a number of senior legal figures, and a split within the legal profession over the UK Supreme Court's authority to overrule the Scottish courts.

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, said "Scotland is renowned for its distinct, independent and entirely separate legal system, so my own view is that we simply cannot ignore a situation where a court in another UK jurisdiction is intervening so aggressively in our judicial system."

In June, the Scottish Government decided to set up an expert legal group to address concerns that the UK Supreme Court is undermining the independence of the Scottish legal system.

The expert review will publish a final report by the autumn with advice on possible options for reform.

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