The rule of law has always been a feature of Irish society. From the Brehon law through to our adoption of the precedent-based Norman common law system, we have always remained outside of the civil, codified systems which dominate legal practice on the continent.
The modern Irish legal system has four main sources: The Constitution, statute law, common law and European Union law – each of which forming a component part in an interacting hierarchy of varying degrees of authority.
Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System (6th Ed) by Raymond Byrne, Paul McCutcheon, Claire Bruton and Gerard Coffey provides an excellent introduction to the legal system in Ireland, making it an essential resource for students commencing their studies in law.
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