One of the long-standing concerns of the society has been the low number of solicitors appointed to senior judicial posts. It is understood the society feels the system proposed by the department would help to address this. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Law Society submission this week to back Shane Ross proposal to shake up system

Anne Shortall case: Roy Webster had argued he was provoked into killing Ms Shortall - a partial defence available to accused in Irish law. File photograph: Michael Kelly

Loss of self-control must be total with provocation plea to secure manslaughter conviction

Motorists who had already paid their fine under a fixed charge notice (FCN) were wrongly summonsed, and 14,700 of them were convicted in court and paid a second fine. Photograph: Alan Betson

The latest Garda debacle will be costly to fix and damaging to the credibility of the force

The Law Reform Commission said the current system  was largely derived from the Judicature (Ireland) Act 1877 and 200 other pieces of legislation

Group will look at better procedures and use of technology as ways of improving system

Irish law states very clearly that gambling debts cannot be enforced.  Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg.

Rules reflect concern that string of disputed bets could end up before courts, sources say

The Criminal Assets Bureau had previously secured High Court orders freezing the assets, which belong to 11 people and were seized following a series of raids in March 2016. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cars and electric bicycles among goods belonging to 11 people seized by Cab last March

Raphael Halet (left), and Antoine Deltour (right), former employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and journalist Edouard Perrin (centre) pictured on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Sentences of two ex-PwC employees cut as journalist is acquitted for second time

Coty’s Nenagh plant, which manufactures Max Factor products, had been in competition with a plant in Kent for the business.

Business to transfer to English plant months after takeover of Procter & Gamble unit

After Brexit businesses in the UK will be able to complain to the EC  about alleged State aid to Irish businesses. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Deals for smaller Irish companies may have to be approved by several national agencies

The State wants the 18 religious congregations covered by the Ryan report to contribute half the total cost. Photograph: Getty Images

An offer by Ruairí Quinn to take over school playing fields did not suit the congregation

A person who suffered even mild sexual abuse as a child in an institution could have had their lives destroyed. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Relative costs higher in Irish institutional care cases than in other countries

There is an inherent and recognised danger with tribunals: they are both investigative body and adjudicating authority. File photograph: iStockPhoto

It’s hard to balance individual rights with need to shine light on issues of public concern

Transfer pledge was made in 2009 following publication of Ryan report

The Culture of Child Abuse installation, using pages from The Ryan Report, in Temple Bar, Dublin, in 2010. Photograph: Eric Luke

Estimates for cost of inquiry and compensation for abuse victims were far too low

The Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse, which led to the Ryan Report, was set up in 1999 and cost an estimated €82 million. Photograph: The Irish Times

Government policy that religious share liability, but contribution stands at just €192m

Aoife Winterlich (14) died days after being swept to sea in 2015.

Aoife Winterlich (14) fell 45ft as she was being lifted to helicopter after being swept to sea

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Group made €2.3 million profit in 2015 and paid €3 million rent to Bon Secours order

Gardaí in Killarney, Co Kerry, are investigating the collision which occurred at about 2.25pm. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Driver of other car airlifted to hospital in Limerick with serious injuries

Walford in Shrewsbury Road, Dublin, was bought for €58 million in 2005 by now-bankrupt property developer Sean Dunne (above), and its ownership is being investigated by the Official Assignee, Chris Lehane. Photograph: Steve Miller

Ownership status of Walford, bought for €58m in 2005, is being investigated

Housing in  Ballymun: the  loan was given in part so JEC could pursue proceedings through the courts.  At the time it was said  JEC “does not . . . have the financial means to carry out the remedial works nor to undertake the litigation”

Loan given to James Elliott Construction by Ballymun Regeneration for remedial work

Mr Justice Feargus Flood, was a sitting judge of the High Court with many years experience not just as a judge but also as a barrister. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Joseph Murphy jnr issues statement after tribunal said findings against him were ‘unlawful’

Mr Justice Feargus Flood: he was unable to help the tribunal in its response to pleadings made by Mr Muphy because of his state of health. Photograph:  Peter Thursfield

Planning Tribunal has agreed Flood’s findings against businessman were ‘unlawful’

Joseph Murphy jnr attends the Flood tribunal at  Dublin Castle in 2000. Photograph: Pat Langan

Planning tribunal expected to cost State about €160 million before it concludes

The lawyers acting for the Planning Tribunal secured pay rises in late 2002, with senior members of the team seeing their daily rate rise to €2,250 and juniors to €1,500. File photograph: Getty Images

Rise was knock-on effect of rates agreed for colleagues working on Morris Tribunal

James Gogarty. Joseph Murphy jnr said that from the beginning the tribunal sought to “cosset” Mr Gogarty

Businessman said James Gogarty’s evidence to planning tribunal was ‘assumed to be true’

A file image of  Jospeh  Murphy junior  leaving the Flood Tribunal in Dublin.

Joseph Murphy junior took action on behalf of himself and his late father over Flood report

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: ‘There should be no need for yet further judicial reviews.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Judge lays out his stances on legal costs and the media in opening statement

Mr Justice Peter Charleton at Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tribunal tasked to find out if media was used as ‘instrument for the dissemination of lies’

Tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton has surprised many by the speed at which the first sitting has been organised. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Tribunal into alleged Garda malpractice has ‘no pre-conceived notion’ as to villain or victim

Walford, on Shrewsbury Road, Dublin: Seán Dunne bought it for €57.95m in 2005

Letter gave legal advice to solicitor about Walford, a house on Dublin’s Shrewsbury Road

Seán Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea Dunne, “appear to work closely together [and] possibly live together,” official assignee Chris Lehane said. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Home address ‘fundamental’ to assessing a bankrupt’s means, assignee says

The McCabe tribunal chairman, Mr Justice Peter Charleton of the Supreme Court, is to make an opening statement at 9.30am on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Inquiry examining alleged smears against Garda whistleblower will allow TV cameras

The official launch of public proceedings comes less than a fortnight after the tribunal was established and Mr Justice Peter Charleton of the Supreme Court appointed as its chair. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Launch of tribunal proceedings by Justice Peter Charleton due for Dublin Castle on Monday

Mercantile Group-owned Café en Seine: In a solicitor’s letter, Dublin publican Frank Gleeson “trenchantly opposed” the appointment of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm to the role of finance director at the group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Feuding publicans at odds over whether former banker was suggested for finance role

Café en Seine on Dawson Street: one of the Mercantile Entertainment Group’s many well-known establishments in Dublin, along with the Mercantile Bar and Hotel, The George and Whelan’s on Wexford Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Court documents reveal depth of shareholder discord as merger of Capital Bars and Mercantile falls apart within a year

The Commercial Court has agreed that the case will be heard on May 11th next.

Cases involve former AIB business banking head in Galway and ex senior Anglo executive

Demolition work as part of the Ballymun regeneration project. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Move part of dispute between JEC and Irish Asphalt over material with excessive pyrite

Peter Charleton: Mr Charleton (60) has a track record of public service. Photograph: Eric Luke

Supreme Court judge will chair inquiry into Garda whistleblowers controversy

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison relaxing in a Dublin hotel on Wednesday while the Dáil debate on the motion of no confidence in the Government was taking place. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Tribunal to investigate allegation of inappropriate contacts between Tusla and gardaí

 Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. There is nothing in law to prevent the tribunal being live-streamed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Private inquiries held on back of whistleblower disclosures have added to public unease

A High Court jury in 2010 awarded €10m to a businessman who successfully argued he had been defamed by a press release issued by his employer. Photograph: Frank Miller

Libel Ireland: There is huge disparity in awards for defamation across Europe

Maurice McCabe: Secured access to the Tusla file and learned of the mistake made in 2013.

Husband and wife call on Taoiseach and others to reveal if advised on sex allegations

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Section 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 1976 makes it an offence to knowingly make a false report or statement tending to show that an offence has been committed.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legal experts say common law offence of perverting course of justice may apply

Maurice McCabe was not told about a serious complaint about him until two years after the accusation had been made.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Those charged with wrong-doing have the right to be informed of what is being alleged

The Libel Ireland depth series looks at the onerous costs of our defamation regime. File photograph: Getty Images

Libel Ireland: Cost of cases affects efficacy of reporting, submissions on law reform argue

US president Donald Trump shakes hands with Neil Gorsuch, his nominee for the supreme court. A Bar of Ireland members has said that Mr Trump’s personal attacks on judges have no place in a democracy based on the rule of law. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA.

Chair of Bar of Ireland’s human rights wing says US president’s comments ‘sinister’

Sgt Maurice McCabe:  A succession of resignations, claims and inquiries have followed  since his claims were first made. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Nóirín O’Sullivan at centre of Garda management at time of McCabe claims

US federal judge James Robart, who temporarily banned the US government from enforcing key parts of president Donald Trump’s order restricting immigration. Photograph: EPA/United States Courts

Legal battle created by executive order is taking place in the federal court network

The children’s hospital is to be built by Bam Ireland on the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin at a cost of €1 billion. Photograph: Eric Luke

Source with experience of building hospitals says €1m per bed considered reasonable

John Gilligan on his release  from Portlaoise Prison in October 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

Legal costs of challenge to conviction and the Cab’s seizure of assets likely to be north of €1m

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick arriving for his trial at the Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Jury shown footage of ‘panicked’ legal advisor shredding documents

Former  acting attorney general Sally  Yates: her stance was a good example of how actors in the constitutional structure of the US are allowed push back against a president’s executive orders. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Getty

What happens next will determine whether the US faces a full-blown constitutional crisis

 Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins: In their ruling, the judges said it could not be disputed that much of what was said to Kerins by committee members was “damaging to her reputation personally and professionally”. Photograph:   Collins Courts/File

Full costs may not be imposed on former Rehab boss because of gravity of issues raised

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick (68),  Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins/Courts

ODCE solicitor tells trial he made a ‘calamitous error’ by destroying files

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick (68) has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act. Photograph: Collins Courts

Current trial of ex-Anglo chairman hears ODCE inquiries now always involve gardaí

 Chief Justice Susan Denham is understood to have voiced strong reservations about the proposed lay majority on the  new judicial appointments regime. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government committed to body featuring majority who are neither judges nor lawyers

Matters perceived as affecting the independence of the judiciary tend to provoke a strong reaction on the bench, and that is certainly the case in relation to the planned new regime. File photograph: Getty Images

New appointments commission may be hijacked by groups with specific agendas

 Gary McGann said he first learned of former chairman Sean FitzPatrick’s extensive loans from the bank in December 2008. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Counsel for bank’s former chairman claims investigator told auditors what to say

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice    Frances Fitzgerald believes it is “absolutely essential” there is a lay majority on the proposed new commission for appointing judges. Photograph: Mark Stedman/PA Wire

Minister for Justice says Government has ‘no distrust’ of existing judicial selection process

Sean FitzPatrick, of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act.   Photograph: Collins Courts

Fintan Drury says he did not know of ex-chairman’s extensive loans with the bank until December 2008

Challenges: an EU flag flies outside the European Commission  in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Social Justice Ireland report shows Ireland strong on higher education, weak on tax take

Some of the housing included in the Ballymun rejuvenation programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Authority gave interest-free loan to firm to fund Ballymun project and litigation

Stock image of a young reporter at work. “Back in no-low-fares, no-internet 1990, being on the Paris-based Journalists in Europe (JE) programme was like stepping into another world; or, perhaps more precisely, just stepping into the world.” File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

In no-low-fares, no-internet 1990, being on scheme was just like ‘stepping into the world’

Jolyon Maugham QC: raised more than £70,000 (€80,000) by  crowd funding from almost 2,000 donors to fight the case.

Leading British lawyer wants ruling on possible reversal of article 50

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick. Photograph: Collins

Former Anglo chairman has pleaded not guilty to 27 charges at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Pyrite damage: The issue  has produced a sizeable amount of litigation.  File photograph: Frank Miller

How much risk was involved in loaning money to building firm to pursue legal actions?

James Elliott Construction Ltd was contracted to do work on the Ballymun regeneration project.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ballymun Regeneration loan to James Elliott Construction given in part for legal actions

Ballaghaderreen: Combin Properties Limited, c/o Remcoll Capital, Bandon, Co Cork, bought the Abbeyfield Hotel in the town in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Company that bought disused building acquired houses in Co Roscommon town

The move by  the Kentucky-based multinational that makes Jack Daniel’s whiskey prevents companies  using “Slane” in any  brands or merchandise

EU decision prevents local businesses from using name of town in titles or products

An activist waves the Tricolour from Apollo House, Dublin, where up to 40 homeless people are being housed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Demonstrators to meet Simon Coveney after launching emergency housing plan

Applications for Irish passports made to missions in the US were up slightly this year. File photograph: Getty Images

New York sees most requests, then San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Washington DC

Mr Justice Max Barrett said Irish courts facing summary applications should identify whether any  terms of the loan agreement at issue might be unfair for  purposes of EU regulations. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Judge accepts EU regulations should apply in AIB case against couple over unpaid loan

Lorraine Murphy and Margaret Joyce dance at the Knights of Columbanus Christmas dinner at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘I spent it sleeping. The day before I was drinking and don’t remember how it finished up’

TD Mick Wallace owns a BMW X5 valued at €3,000 and three houses which are all in negative equity. He has a debt of €290,016 to his ex-wife Mary Murphy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Wexford TD’s statement of affairs gives average after-tax income as €4,000 a month

Gangs involved in this type of theft often gather information on a chief executive or chief financial officer using material posted on Twitter and other public media.

CEO scam involves email requests with bogus payment instructions from inside the firm

Independent TD Joan Collins: Had maintained the promissory notes were impermissibly issued without a Dáil vote. Photograph: Collins

Independent TD challenged minister for finance’s issuing of €31bn in 2009 for bank debt

An Oireachtas committee recommended that minor complaints to Gsoc be dealt with by gardaí.

Oireachtas Justice group recommends expanding Policing Authority’s remit

A garda  performing a breath test on an actor as part of a road safety campaign. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Commission admits it is difficult to ascertain what legislation is at any given time

Former Fine Gael TD Seán Conlan: The judge remanded him on continuing bail to January 9th, when a date will be set for a sentencing hearing. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Court told of alleged pub arguments over water charges and Heather Humphreys

Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a Moscow court in 2010. The oligarch was imprisoned subsequently and his funds frozen. Photograph: EPA

Russian Federation ‘disappointed’ at Ireland’s decision to release oligarch’s €100m

Gardaí and forensic investigators at the scene of a fatal shooting in Griffeen Valley Park, Dublin, over the weekend. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mark Desmond had suffered number of gunshot wounds and died at scene

Mick Barry TD told the Anti-Austerity Alliance  conference he would like to see “the major wealth in society under public ownership and democratic control”. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Party’s main objective is putting end to ‘rule of the 1 per cent’, says Cork TD Mick Barry

 The suspected getaway vehicle used in the murder of Mark Desmond pictured on a lane in Lucan, Dublin  on Saturday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Host of suspects as many would have wanted to see criminal Mark Desmond killed, source says

Denis O’Brien: in Ireland, the structures put in place include article 15.13 of the Constitution, which is key to the O’Brien case. Photograph: Alan Betson

Case stems from businessman’s fury his banking details were disclosed in the Dáil

 Denis O’ Brien at   the High Court where he is pursuing a case  in relation to  remarks made about his  banking affairs in the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Denis O’Brien facing problems arguing against freedom of speech for TDs

Denis O’Brien was not suing TDs Catherine Murphy and Pearse Doherty nor looking for damages, but wanted the court to delineate “what can and can’t be done”, said his counsel. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael Cush tells court it is fundamentally important to define rights of the Oireachtas

Denis O’Brien is taking legal action against Dáil Committee on Procedures and Privileges and the State. Photograph: David Sleator

Businessman claims Oireachtas strayed into arena of administration of justice

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former owner of Russian oil giant Yukos: spent years in jail after falling foul of the Kremlin.  Photograph:  Matej Divizna/Getty Images

Dissident former billionaire Khodorkovsky says money flowed from oil giant Yukos

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said the children’s rights constitutional amendment should apply to  the unborn.  Photograph: Derek Bromhall/Photolibrary

Analysis: State seeks clarity on whether foetus entitled to more than simple right to life

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government dispute centres on proposals concerning role of judges in selection process

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: €100 million from Yukos dividends is in  an Irish-domiciled fund, the custodian of which is an Irish subsidiary of BNY Mellon. Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Former Russian oligarch had sought assurances that he would not be arrested

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: has made an application in the District Court for the unfreezing of funds first frozen in March 2011 under Irish money-laundering legislation. Photograph: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Trip part of investigation into possible money-laundering of funds domiciled in Ireland

 Mikhail Khodorkovsky  in the defendants’ box during a court session in Moscow in 2011. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

District Court hearing application by Russian oligarach to unfreeze €100 million

Mikhail Khodorkovsky  spent 10 years in a Russian prison colony. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

Fraud investigation centres on €100m frozen in Irish-domiciled funds for almost six years

Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Ex-Russian oligarch seeks release of €100m frozen in 2011 at the request of gardaí

Chief Justice Susan Denham: at the weekend she rejected Shane Ross’s recent criticism of the judiciary as being opposed to reform.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Judges angered by Minister’s presence at meeting with Frances Fitzgerald last week

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross: has not just been using unnecessarily provocative language but has also shown a careless attitude towards accuracy when discussing judicial reform. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Neither Minister nor judiciary are on solid ground on slow pace of reform

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Garda action “was the only state action in the free world” based on his Russian convictions.  Photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Mikhail Khodorkovsky says Ireland only state that acted on his conviction

Law firms are looking at flexible working conditions as well as remuneration as part of their strategy for keeping good staff

Economy identified by almost half of respondents as key area of concern over next 12 months

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross: appeared to contradict views he expressed as to the judiciary’s attitude to a judicial council. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister says the Chief Justice has pushed for judicial council ‘for a very long time’

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