Region: Ireland

Irish competition chair defects to new regulator

Jeremy Godfrey has quit Ireland’s competition authority only a year after being appointed its head to become the inaugural chair of the country’s newly established Media Commission.

18 January 2023

Ropes & Gray launches in Ireland

Ropes & Gray has tapped a former deputy director at Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission to become its first competition attorney in Dublin.

16 January 2023

Irish enforcer hands down first-ever deal block

Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has blocked a pharmaceutical distributor’s acquisition of a pharmacy services provider, marking the first time the authority has prohibited a merger since it was formed in 2014.

19 December 2022

Oil companies abandon deal after Ireland warns of competition problems

Two major Irish oil distributors have scrapped their plans to merge after the national competition authority found the deal could reduce competition to supply several different types of crucial oil.

14 December 2022


Featured in GCR 100 2023

Antitrust lawyers in Ireland face a tougher adversary now the government has approved highly anticipated legislative amendments giving the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) an enlarged toolkit.

12 December 2022

Lawyers expect clarifications for “broad” Irish foreign investment bill

The Irish government should issue clarifications throughout the legislative process of a pending foreign investment control bill to “narrow the broad scope” of the proposed regime, lawyers have said.

13 October 2022

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

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