Niamh O’Brien who ran for Fís Nua in the 2016 general election was banned from driving for five years.

Niamh O’Brien receives four-month jail term after conviction for dangerous driving

Judge Patrick Durcan said: ‘I am confident that if you have half your mother’s decency that you will come out the other end.’

When man returned home and heard a loud bang, he ‘knew it wasn’t Santa Claus’

Saoirse Ronan as Eilis in Brooklyn: actor is the owner of Slaney Productions Ltd.  Photograph: Kerry Brown/courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

Slaney Productions Ltd’s healthy balance sheet driven in part by ‘Brooklyn’ success

Workplace Relations Commission orders hotel to pay €31,200 to chef

Anne Enright,  Laureate for Irish Fiction, Photograph: Alan Betson

Booker Prize-winning author objects to neighbours’ house plans in south Dublin

One of the  Irish-owned Mr Price Branded Bargains shops: the company was ordered to pay €7,500 in compensation to the employee.

Mr Price Branded Bargains accepts WRC ruling and will not be appealing the decision

Greg Wilmot and his son Ross at their home in   Sixmilebridge; and Conor Wilmot, who was laid to rest on Tuesday

Priest warns of internet danger at funeral of Clare teenager who died after ‘choking game’

 Greg Wilmot and  his son Ross (10) hold photographs of their son and brother Conor Wilmot (right) who died last week. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22.

Greg Wilmot denies his son Conor was being bullied

Pat Kenny: turned 69 earlier this year and remains in high demand from TV executives. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pat Kenny Media Services Ltd’s retained profits have soared since he left RTÉ

Luas: As a result of failing alcohol  tests, the worker was accused of contravening the company’s drugs and alcohol policy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Workplace Relations Commission says inquiry into man’s weekend drinking flawed

The woman’s counsel told the court “the continuous messaging . . . is a breach of the protection order”. Photograph: Getty Images

Judge limits man (75) to two messages a week as wife seeks safety order

John Glavey had worked at Ireland West Airport Knock as a senior bartender since 1991. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Court finds company discriminated against man by making him stop working at 65

Presenter Graham Norton during filming of the Graham Norton show. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Comedian also clocks up sales of €620,000 on debut novel

The initial deadline for voluntary disclosures to Revenue was last  May 1st, it was then extended

Noonan says full analysis of voluntary disclosures will be made by Revenue

Dolores McNamara won €115 million Euromillions jackpot in 2005. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The claim was for damages over a collision near Lough Derg in Co Clare in 2015

Judge John King strongly urged both men to get legal representation

Both men remanded on bail to reappear before Ennis District Court

A Wetherspoon pub: the group already operates five pubs in Ireland – four in Dublin and one in Cork. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

New €4m development including 98-bedroom hotel to go ahead on Camden Street

The judge ordered the man to cease all direct and indirect contact with his estranged partner, who is the mother of the baby. Photograph: Getty

Judge adjourns family law case to May 18th for paternity test to take place

WRC said letting agent’s statement that the landlord was looking for a couple ‘were sufficient to establish a prima facie case that prohibited conduct took place’. Photograph: iStock

Woman seeking an apartment was told a landlord was ‘looking for a couple’

Glenstal Abbey said that 258 students are enrolled for the coming September. Photographs: The Irish Times

Seven-day boarders pay almost €19,000 annually while day-boarder fees above €11,000

Hollywood star Tom Cruise is among the high-profile names associated with the Church of Scientology. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Global congregation counts film stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its flock

Some 250,000 passport applications have been received for the first quarter of 2017. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

250,000 applications have been received for the first quarter of this year

Doonbeg golf resort in Co Clare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US president’s son says Doonbeg community supports new application for coastal wall

Five of the stolen 15 cattle remained unaccounted for in the food chain after a 10-month Garda investigation. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Judge says sentence more lenient due to punishment of being shunned by community

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at a press briefing. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Training for gardaí included mock radio and TV interviews

Workplace Relations Commission:  found the nursing home instigated the disciplinary procedure to dismiss the nurse in advance of her reaching 12 months of service, as a result of her protected disclosure to Hiqa. Photograph: Alan Betson

Workplace Relations Commission finds job loss linked to protected disclosure to Hiqa

Prosecutions for speeding do not fall when they are handled by gardaí, the judge said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cases dismissed because of improperly served notices

Cliffs of Moher: Diamrem argues there could be no question of the public interest favouring retention by a planning authority of an unauthorised development so close to an ecologically sensitive site.

Park-and-ride firm Diamrem seeks closure of Clare County Council temporary car park

A Co Clare man who stole cattle from an elderly neighbour is being shunned in his local community by former friends and acquaintances, a court has heard. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Padraig O’Brien (42) identified as a rustler by a trail of hoof marks that led to his farm

Delia Keary (18) and Gary Kelly (18) were killed when the car in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick.

Delia Keary (18) and Gary Kelly (18) died in a road crash near Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

CEO of the IPAV Pat Davitt said that not to show an apartment to someone because they are on rent allowance “is against the law”.

Man refused flat had been living with his wife and child in cramped conditions

A senior staff nurse observed a resident sitting on his bed having been fully undressed by Reda Kunceviciene without pulling the curtains around his bed or closing the door. Photograph: iStock

Woman awarded €22,000 after Employment Appeals Tribunal finds dismissal was unfair

The former French embassy chancery on Ailesbury Road, Dublin.

Shane Ryan secures permission for 25m pool, gym and five-car garage in €4m house

The lifeguard told the WRC  the decision to dismiss him was excessive and disproportionate

WRC rejects man’s claim for unfair dismissal, saying actions were totally inappropriate

Two legal firms specialising in medical negligence cases last year each received over €5 million in fees from the State Claims Agency.

Claims agency paid €37m to legal representatives in negligence cases last year

The Workplace Relations Commission found the employer failed to rebut the prima facie case made by the worker that she was sacked because she was pregnant. Photograph: Alan Betson

Workplace Relations Commission hears restaurant manager was given no notice

Judges claimed more than €1.6 million in expenses last year, an 11 per cent decrease on the previous year.

District Court judge Kevin Kilrane had the largest claim of 2016 at €51,563, figures show

Mosney Holidays was paid €7.4 million in 2016 to operate a direct provision centre for 600 asylum seekers at Mosney in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Avoca owner Aramark paid €5.2m for three centres in which 850 asylum seekers live

The judge remanded the accused on bail to appear before Ennis District Court on April 26th. File photograph: Getty Images

Text is first book prohibited by censorship board in Republic for nearly two decades

Former Clare captain and Dublin manager Anthony Daly. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/inpho

Judge says Stacey Massey has ‘horrific record’ with 60 previous convictions

The Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare: a 49,400-tonne rock barrier to protect holes 1, 9 and 18 at the course is being sought “as a matter of urgency”

Trump consultants say not erecting coastal defences will affect viability of resort

A monthly average of almost 700 homeless families were living in commercial hotels last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Annual cost of housing one family in a hotel tops €55,000 – over €150 per night

The proposed extension to Liffey Valley shopping centre would have increased its size by 50 per cent, and would have included an Olympic-sized indoor ice arena

Bord Pleanála rules extension would worsen traffic congestion on Dublin’s M50

Evan Meehan from Shannon has pleaded guilty to uploading 30 photos of local teenage girls from their Facebook profiles to a pornographic site.

Solicitor says Evan Meehan is addressing issues ‘that caused him to do something so foolish and so stupid’

Fr Bernárd Lynch and Billy Desmond were married in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co Clare. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Co Clare priest married Billy Desmond in Spanish Point last week

The marriage of Fr Bernárd Lynch and Billy Desmond took place in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co Clare. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

‘Our Right to Love is our Right to Justice – Billy and Bernard’

Ennis District Court: Judge Patrick Durcan  threw out a bail agreement reached between gardaí and the solicitor for the accused

Court hears agreement reached with gardaí for bail, subject to conditions

The  Doonbeg Golf Links course and hotel in Co Clare which is owned by US president Donald Trump.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

US president took actions to distance himself from accusations of vested interests

Michael Harty sentenced at Ennis District Court to six months for ‘vile offences’

Apollo House and Hawkins House in Dublin. The planned demolition of Apollo House involves the planned demolition and redevelopment of the adjacent Hawkins House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Appeals lodged over the planned redevelopment of the 1960s office block in Dublin

Law Society paid out millions in compensation to clients of defaulting legal advisers

The woman said there has not been a repayment since 2010 on a mortgage that required monthly payments of €1,810. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Woman agrees to repossession as she cannot pay €486,000 owed to AIB subsidiary

The au pair said she worked three different Sundays and the commission stated that she should have received a premium of 25%. File photograph: Getty Images

Workplace Relations Commission finds for employee paid less than €5.65 per hour

Details released in response to a Garda Freedom of Information request show the total monetary penalty imposed in 2015 was €71,934. Photograph:  Frank Miller

130 gardaí fined total of €40,565 last year, down from 167 officers reprimanded in 2015

Joe Sutton at Ennis District Court on Friday.

Driver told ‘pack of lies’ when giving evidence he did not receive Garda speeding notice

Francis Brennan, The Park Hotel, Kenmare: ‘There are no losers in this deal.’ File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Brennan family retains majority control of five-star hotel in Kenmare

The woman – a wheelchair user – was diagnosed with a genetic neurodegenerative movement disorder, Friedreich’s Ataxia, at the age of 12. She began working with the council as a clerical officer in 2000 and left last January. File photograph: Getty Images

Woman banned from eating with colleagues and forcibly retired on medical grounds

 Joshua Jones, a supervisor at a KFC franchise, was sacked in 2014 in a decision the Employment Appeals Tribunal  found to be “disproportionate” and unfair. File photograph: Getty Images

Joshua Jones sacked over alleged irregularities over sales of ‘Kream Balls’ dessert

The  Legal Aid Board  report shows that between 2009 and  2015, it provided legal services to 144 potential victims of human trafficking. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Annual report shows organisation provided assistance to 38 new potential victims in 2015

The Workplace Relations Commission was told  it is not uncommon for one spouse to challenge a purchase undertaken by the other. Photograph:  Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Purchase of car was cancelled after dealership was contacted by estraged husband

The EAT said no reasonable employer would have arrived at the conclusions that Suir Pharma Ireland Ltd arrived at when dismissing Michael Last.

Employment Appeals Tribunal says Suir Pharma’s treatment of employee blatantly unfair

Kieran McLoughlin, second from left,  at the annual conference of the Worldwide Ireland Funds in 2015.  Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Kieran McLoughlin was paid $154,583 bonus by philanthropic organisation

The Law Society’s accounts for 2015 show that it recorded a modest operating loss of €36,495 in 2015 after enjoying a surplus of €1.2 million in 2014.

Former president Kevin O’Higgins received €110,000 for part-time role

Spend on Ballyfermot Leisure Centre reaches €45.5m following six-year row over costs

The Commission for Energy Regulation incurred a loss of €535,000 for the year. Photographs: Getty Images/The Irish Times

Payments up 15% despite Commission for Energy Regulation falling into the red

Dunnes Stores sacked a worker for instructing a colleague at a Cork branch to slow down his work ‘and drag himself around’.

Eileen Buckley awarded €9,330 for unfair dismissal at Employment Appeals Tribunal

The spend for the first nine months of 2016 coincided with the numbers of homeless families going over the 1,000 mark for the first time in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin Regional Homeless Executive says €34.85m spent in city in year to September

Anthony Foley’s sons Tony and Dan with Munster players  at Thomond Park, Limerick shortly after the player’s death last October. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

‘Many people have gone back to Mass for the first time’ after #8masses4no8 appeal, says priest

Oisín House, Pearse Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

College to college build accommodation for 250 student accommodation units on Pearse St

 The vast majority of the cases related to motorists clocked over the limit by “Go Safe” speeding vans. Photograph: Frank Miller

Speeding cases struck out as drivers say fixed penalty charges did not arrive in the post

 The Trump organisation purchased the Doonbeg Golf Links course and hotel for a reported   €15 million in February 2014. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eric Trump says company expects to report operating profits in second half of 2016

The judge said stealing the €400 medical wig was a serious offence. File photograph: Getty Images

Judge takes dim view of ‘appalling act’ and sends Paul Carr to prison for three months

The Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg, Co Clare. “It is local people who should be listened to – not people in Cork or Dublin who are not in danger of being washed out,” said John Flanagan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It ‘beggars belief’ that community is not given support to fight coastal erosion

Property firm is backed by billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Decision granted to enable Gibraltar registered Purleigh Holdings build 71 apartments

US president-elect Donald Trump’s controversial plan to build a 2.8km rock barrier, costing €10 million, at his Doonbeg, Co Clare golf resort (pictured) has been abandoned. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Proposal for US president-elect’s Clare resort involved 2.8km, 20m high, 200,000 tonne barrier

A new Wetherspoons superpub in Dublin would be an ‘unwelcome milestone in the current trend to completely alcoholise Camden Street’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Local resident says planned superpub part of trend to ‘completely alcoholise Camden Street’

Seán Kavanagh, head of  au pair agency SK Dublin, said the WRC position  “is making some families reluctant to take on au pairs”. Photograph: Getty Images

WRC said this was second case the young woman had taken against a host family

Donald Trump speaks during the Republican  candidates’ debate in New Hampshire in February. Photograph: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Locals in Co Clare village say presidential ‘one-two’ will be good for jobs

The  Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Presidency ‘would do for Doonbeg what Obama has done for Moneygall’

Facing the New Zealand Haka, the Irish rugby team form a figure eight in memory of Anthony Foley on Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago. Photograph: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

‘We wanted to give something back to him and the family’, says player of No 8 tribute

Ireland face the Haka in a figure of eight, in memory of Anthony Foley, at Soldier Field, Chicago. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Statement from family: ‘Irish response to the Haka was incredible remembrance’

A spokeswoman for TCD, Ireland’s oldest university,  ruled out the prospect of a “Guinness Long Room” or a “Ryanair Front Square”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Education establishments accused of selling themselves by federation

A garda told the judge that while Harry Dinan was giving evidence, he saw Kevin Dinan “discreetly” video his uncle in the court.

Two men involved in court incident had been previously convicted of 2010 manslaughter

Cocaine seized by Revenue in Liscannor, Co Clare. Photograph: Revenue

Washed-up device may have been attached below waterline of cargo ship

Anthony Foley’s sons Tony and Dan with Munster players at Thomond Park, Limerick, last Saturday. Tony’s Facebook campaign is hashtagged #8masses4no8. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Axel Foley Memorial page asks visitors to attend eight Masses and pray for loved ones

In addition, the Oireachtas has set aside €15.4m for a pension fund. Photograph: Getty Images

In excess of 80 TDs and Senators who missed out on re-election get ‘termination payments’

At Ennis District Court, Kevin McCormack was charged with the assault causing harm of his brother Michael on June 8th last year.

Court hears claim brother sustained shovel wound requiring 20 stitches

In the mid-morning incident at the Ennis branch of McDonald’s on June 7th last, the man ordered a double sausage meal with extra hash brown, extra sausage and milk. Stock photograph: iStock

44-year-old said actions after ordering drive-thru breakfast were for ‘thrill of it’

The court heard it was 15 minutes into the Ryanair flight from Berlin to Shannon when the passsengers ‘started to make his presence felt’.  File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

52-year-old antique restorer pleaded guilty over disrupting flight to Shannon

Last year, almost €1.3 million was paid in fines to the poor box in courts across the country. File photograph: Collins Courts

Donations in Ennis will now be made to Court Discretionary Fund, says Patrick Durcan

Colleen McDonagh with her six children, Michael (11), Chloe (10), Sandra (8), John (6), Ger (4) and Ann-Harper (1). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Colleen and John McDonagh and their six children have been homeless since Monday

The hotel had issued the chambermaid with a contract for employment two weeks before she was dismissed. File photograph: Getty Images

Hotel argues poor performance but claimant’s version of events deemed ‘more credible’

The 2009 Ryan Report recommended that 18 religious congregations  pay about half of the cost of the €1.5 billion redress scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson

State asked bodies to pay €725 million for victims but they have offered €480 million

Áras Chois Fharraige home in Spiddal, Co Galway.

Ex-employee was disciplined after raising concerns over alleged abuse at centre

Image of the proposed new RDS arena stand to increase  crowd capacity from 18,500 to 21,000, mainly to cater for Leinster rugby games.

‘It’s constant harassment from traffic. Residential life is gone here at the weekends’

 Brian O’Driscoll is a major shareholder in the firm with tech entrepreneur Ray Nolan. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Ultimate Rugby Ltd enjoys a boost from the Rugby World Cup in England

The funeral of Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas takes place at St Brigid’s Church in Liscannor, Co Clare. Photograph: PA

Members of Coast Guard formed a guard of honour for hearse outside St Brigid’s Church

Crowds queueing to pay their respects at the removal of Caitríona Lucas at Liscannor, Co Clare, on Wednesday. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Caitríona Lucas (41) remembered at removal following her death during search operation

A file photo of late Coast Guard volunteer Caitríona Lucas, who died off Kilkee  on Monday. File photograph: Press 22

Late mother-of-two described as ‘very active member’ of Doolin Coast Guard Unit

Monteco Holdings, a company co-owned by AirAsia boss and Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes, was previously granted permission to demolish and redevelop the Ormond Hotel (above). This was in spite of opposition from the Save Joycean Dublin Committee and local residents. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Monteco Holdings can develop hotel linked with James Joyce’s Ulysses, despite opposition

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