Region: Ireland

Irish forestry department accused of antitrust violations

A group of Irish forestry consultants has formally complained to the European Commission that their country’s government has “virtually ousted” them from the market by offering its own free forestry advisory service.

12 August 2022

Ireland introduces foreign investment law

Ireland has introduced a bill that will allow the country’s minister for enterprise, trade and employment to screen and potentially block foreign investments that cause public order and security concerns.

05 August 2022

Ireland gets long-awaited administrative fines regime

Ireland’s president has officially approved highly-anticipated amendments to the country’s competition law, giving the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission the power to issue fines for anticompetitive conduct for the first time.

04 July 2022

EU ends Insurance Ireland probe with data access remedies

The European Commission has accepted Insurance Ireland’s commitments to facilitate greater access to its claims information database, ending a three-year antitrust investigation into the association’s alleged discrimination against non-members.

30 June 2022

Collins swaps Mason Hayes for Matheson

Niall Collins has left Mason Hayes & Curran after just over a decade to lead Matheson’s competition team in Dublin.

08 June 2022

Ireland conditionally clears banking deal

Ireland’s competition authority has approved Bank of Ireland’s acquisition of a rival’s loan and mortgage lending assets, after the buyer promised to make a combined €1 billion in funding available to certain competitors in the national mortgage market.

24 May 2022

Ireland opens in-depth review into vertical pharma deal

Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into a vertical deal involving a pharmaceutical distributor’s acquisition of a pharmacy IT systems provider.

25 April 2022

EU drops another Phase II probe due to deal collapse

Kingspan has abandoned its acquisition of a Slovenian insulation manufacturer during the European Commission’s in-depth review of the deal, but the seller has already agreed to sell its business to another rival.

22 April 2022

EU consults on insurance data-sharing commitments

Insurance Ireland has offered to make access to its data-sharing platform available to non-members on a fair and nondiscriminatory basis, as it looks to address competition concerns raised by the European Commission.

25 February 2022

Ireland publishes competition amendment bill

Ireland’s government has unveiled its highly-anticipated competition amendment bill, proposing enhanced powers for the country’s competition enforcer in legislation that aligns with antitrust law across the EU.

31 January 2022

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