Former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Humphries. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two-and-a-half-year jail term for grooming and sexual abuse of girl was criticised as being too lenient

There is severe traffic disruption this morning due to heavy overnight rainfall. . Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sleet and snow possible as weather set to turn much colder

There are no official proactive measures in Ireland to catch men seeking to groom children online. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Citizen justice by vigilantes is tackling problems unsolved by authorities, argue some

Bus Éireann is seeking cost-reduction measures in an attempt to tackle losses of some €9.4 million annually. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Company and unions agree to let previous recommendation come into force

 Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness: “I was very sad to retire. But I had to go, they throw you out at 72.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Catherine McGuinness defends Tom Humphries sentence

RTÉ producer Kieran Creaven was confronted in Leeds by a group calling itself Predator Exposure.

Groups trawl chat rooms pretending to be children or young teens to trap paedophiles

Drogheda, Co Louth. File photograph

Group uploads footage of men being confronted in Co Louth town

If tagging was introduced there are also limitations on how and what gardaí or other authorities can record. File photograph: Getty Images

Hopes that judges more likely to consider devices as alternative to jail pending trial

One inmate was obliged to spend an additional 12 days in prison because the tracking device would not attach properly to the leg. File photograph: Getty Images

Large-scale equipment failure recorded in prisoner tagging pilot programme in 2010

Michael Colgan: several women who had made allegations against the Gate Theatre’s former director have expressed concern about who will see any submissions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent review of sexual harassment and bullying claims to report by January

Seán Ashe, chief executive of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (ETB), appeared before the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday

Seán Ashe of Kildare and Wicklow ETC refuses to answer questions on inquiry at PAC

An ice sculpture was among the items included in the €13,000 spend to mark the retirement of the former president of Cork Institute of Technology. Image: iStock.

Education secretary general, who went to function, says celebrating long-service ‘appropriate’

 A 20-year-old man was arrested in Tallaght on Monday afternoon as part of the murder investigation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Suspect arrested in Tallaght on Monday as Garda investigation continues

Eimear Noonan, from Co Clare, who died while running in France. Photograph: via Facebook.

Teacher (21) from Co Clare was last seen in French town of Annonay on Wednesday

Michael  Colgan: in an article in the ‘Sunday Independent’ he said: “I already knew I was not politically correct” and he “often sacrificed proper conduct for a punch line”.  Photograph:   Matt Kavanagh

Former Gate Theatre artistic director wrote that he was not aware of distress he caused

Michael Colgan: “clearly does not see his words or actions as being inappropriately sexual or construable as sexually offensive. His apology attempts to minimise the appalling suffering and trauma experienced by the women who have come forward,” says one of his accusers, Annette Clancy. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘Misjudged behaviour’ a claim ‘very feeble response. . . it puts the fault back on us’

Victims of sexual offences formed the largest category (38 per cent) of people seeking reasons for non-prosecution

56 sentences, a record number, appealed in 2016

The developments mean employers such as the Gate Theatre could face cases in the Workplace Relations Commission or the civil courts from the women who have made claims against Michael Colgan. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Latest legal developments could have major implications for Gate Theatre

“We think the Gate should conduct an investigation into the conduct and behaviour of Michael Colgan,” says National Women’s Council of Ireland chairperson Orla O’Connor. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nicholas Kearns with Martin McAleese welcome moves by Gate board to investigate women’s claims

“We are happy to let jurors decide if someone goes to prison for a good chunk of their life while also remaining blissfully unaware of any biases, misconduct or misunderstandings that may have led to that decision.” File photograph: Getty Images

No real research can be done on jury system, leaving us dangerously ignorant of problems

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan: seven women ex-employees claimed frequent inappropriate touching, highly sexualised comments and workplace bullying. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

'She’ll never work in Dublin again’ was a phrase that he used a lot around the office,' one woman recalled

Chief Justice Frank Clarke: some elements of the law, particularly environmental law, have become so complex that not even expert planning lawyers can make sense of them. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland has 99 different bodies with regulatory functions

Forensic anthropologist Dr René Gapert: “A quick decision frees up staff, police and specialists. And it means the family get an answer”

Forensic anthropologists and radiologists are increasingly vital to investigations

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan: “Certain cases will affect you more than others, but that’s human nature.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

They are the silent witnesses to crime – and Mulligan enjoys working out the puzzles

Judge Karen O’Connor: “The suggestion that she wasn’t sympathetic to the victim in the case is plainly wrong,” said senior counsel Seán Gillane

Members of bar and judiciary view 2½-year sentence as generally correct in legal terms

The suspects were arrested in the Thomastown area for theft, assault, fraud, burglary, drugs offences and on foot of outstanding warrants.

Ten suspects charged in major push against organised criminal gang in area

Gardaí at a house on the Brookview Estate, Tallaght on Monday as a manhunt began. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Dublin man excpected to appear in court on Thursday morning

Tom O’Malley: legislating for abortion in rape cases “legally complex and therefore open to legal challenge”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

NUIG law lecturer raises prospect of constitutional obstacles to any such legislation

An aerial view of the Huvafen Fushi resort in the Maldives, where Max Musgrave drowned.

Max Musgrave was on a family holiday with his parents Trevor and Tara

Professor Veronica O’Keane, who addressed the Citizens Assembly in March, appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Angry pro-life TD Mattie McGrath leaves committee, ‘for today at least’

Tom Humphries: the former Irish Times journalist pleaded guilty to two counts of defilement of a child and four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act.  Photograph: Courtpix

Judge showed ‘inappropriate empathy’ with former sports journalist

Tom Humphries case: Judge Karen O’Connor, who was appointed to the bench in 2014, is regarded as fair and compassionate, but she does not have a reputation as a tough sentencer

Precedent and legal distinctions contributed to judge’s reduction of jail term

Former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Humphries: sentenced to two and a half years for defilement of a child, and two years for sexual exploitation, both sentences to run concurrently.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Aggravating factors include nature of sexual abuse and victim’s suffering, says judge

Tom Humphries: the former sports journalist exchanged at least 16,000 text messages with his victim, as part of the grooming process, before sexually abusing her. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Dealing with sexual encounters with a man three times my age made me physically, mentally, emotionally ill,’ victim says

Former Cork hurler Donal Óg Cusack. File photograph: Inpho

Former Cork hurler says ‘he did not wish any controversy’ to detract from body’s work

Tom Humphries arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former sports writer exchanged at least 16,000 text messages with girl

The former Victory Centre in Firhouse, now a Church of Scientology “Ideal Org” base in Ireland.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Charity and HSE worker spoke at opening of new Dublin complex

Eanna O’Cochlain with his daughter Caoibhe: he was arrested in the Philippines on a cannabis possession charge of which he says he is innocent.

Eanna O’Cochlain awaiting drug charge claims Government focused on Halawa case

Derville Rowland and Philip Lane of the Central Bank. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Central Bank says it has ‘discussed’ the matter of a criminal probe with gardaí

 Ibrahim Halawa seen after he was freed from jail on Thursday. The Irish man has been issued a new Irish passport and is expected to return home within days.

Irish man’s release comes a month after he was found not guilty on several charges

Gardaí recovered a sawn-off shotgun. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Facebook

Shotgun, cannabis, cocaine and suspected amphetamines discovered during search

The man’s body was taken to Mayo General Hospital. Photograph: Google Street View

Firefighters remove 80-year-old from burning building in Ballymangan in early hours

The road at New Twopothouse was closed for a time, but has since reopened. Photograph: Frank Miller

Several cars damaged after men allegedly drove SUV in highly-dangerous manner

The man got into difficulty while swimming in the Maldives. Photograph: Facebook

Department of Foreign Affairs providing consular assistance to 30-year-old’s family

 ESB crew workers at Glenamuck Road, south Dublin, restoring services following Ophelia storm damage earlier this week.Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Department of Social Protection asks employers to ‘take a long-term view’

A road in southwest Cork is blocked by a fallen tree on Tuesday. Dozens of roads around the country remain blocked by fallen trees after Storm Ophelia swept over the country.  Photograph: Getty

Luas will not resume until Wednesday, while many roads remain blocked by trees

Just two of the State’s courts sat during Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Collins

District Courts due to reopen, but blocked roads could cause further delays

Ophelia waves crash into the town of Summercove near Kinsale, Co Cork. Photograph: John Allen

Three killed in storm while cost of repairs across country may run to hundreds of millions

Storm Ophelia batters   Lahinch, Co Clare.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

South and West worst hit, but most counties see power outages and blocked roads

A woman walks her dogs beside the stormy sea in  Donaghadee  east of Belfast. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty

Most large supermarket chains have closed with many other employees working from home

Leo Varadkar, then minister for social protection, with Kathleen Stack of the Department of Social Protection in April. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government sees significant drop in the number of cases uncovered

Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins at the opening of ’The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the Gate Theatre in 2015. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Broadcaster’s wife Kathleen Watkins says he has been moved on to new medication

The increase will  be used to begin the planning process for the replacement of the Naval Service’s flagship vessel LÉ Eithne (above, on a rescue operation in the Mediterranean) with a new multi-role ship. Photographs: Irish Defence Forces

Over a quarter of defence spending to go on pensions

The increase in Garda numbers is part of a long-term drive to bring the strength of the force to about 21,000 by 2021, comprising 15,000 gardaí, 2,000 reserves and 4,000 civilians. File photograph: Getty Images

Donohue says extra funds to develop ‘modern police force’ and drive Garda reform

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan was appointed to the High Court just two years ago. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Heneghan’s resignation left Justice Kelly with ‘massive administrative headache’

The judgment is causing confusion among Garda management and other investigatory authorities as to how they are supposed to determine what files are relevant without examining them. Photograph:  Getty Images

Supreme Court decision could impact what gardaí can seize in child pornography raids

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: supports the wide-ranging liberalisation of abortion law. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Committee to decide whether to recommend repealing or replacing Eighth Amendment

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger is to call for the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment to announce its views next week. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger to push for the Oireachtas group to make its views known

Ms Justice Heneghan: her departure causes a headache for the High Court President, who will now have to deal with the court’s increasing workload with one less judge.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Margaret Heneghan’s early departure causes headache for busy court

 Tom Humphries arriving in court in July. Photograph: Collins

Many were sexually explicit and included obscene pictures from Humphries, court told

Paul Kiernan, Keith Preston, Declan Kane, Antoinette Kane,Tommy Kelly and Peter Herbert at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after the charges against them  were dropped. Photograph: Collins Courts

DPP was advised that convictions were unlikely after judge questioned evidence of gardaí

Defendant Peter Herbert outside  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after defendants were all found not guilty on charges of  false imprisonment of then-tánaiste Joan Burton at a water charges protest in Jobstown in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

Protesters promise to continue campaign calling for public inquiry into previous trial

Anti-water charges protester Peter Herbert pictured outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after charges were dropped against him and  other defendants  in relation to the 2014 Jobstown protest. Photograph: Collins Courts

One supporter sounded an air horn in court after the judge formally discharged the group

Eanna O’Cochlain, a nurse from Cork, was arrested in Laoag International Airport in the Philippines in July 2013.

Eanna O’Cochlain faces 12 years in jail for possession of a small amount of cannabis

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of IHREC: “a decade on from Ireland signalling its intention to ratify this UN protocol, substantial progress has yet to be made”. Photograph: Alan Betson

State pledged 10 years ago to establish inspection regimes for various holding centres

Barry Cowen: said a vacant site tax should be implemented as soon as possible. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On sufficient land for 50,000-plus new homes, only 3,670 units are being built

Chief Justice Frank Clarke delivering a speech ahead of the new law term at the Four Courts last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lay majority on appointments board is a concern, says Frank Clarke

Bríd Smith TD takes a picture of the members of the Oireachtas employees for choice gathered outside the Department of the Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hotels withdrawing permission for pro- and anti- meetings over ‘intimidation’

Niamh Uí Bhriain,  spokeswoman for the Life Institute

Group calls for full Garda investigation into alleged threats by pro-choice activists

 Mr Justice Frank Clarke was making his first major speech since replacing Susan Denham as Chief Justice. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘High costs and outdated procedures’ deter many people from taking legal action

“The Criminal Courts of Justice has video screens on many surfaces but the desks are still stacked high with brown folders containing case files which are lugged into court on hand trolleys.” File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Virtual courts: Chief Justice Frank Clarke lays out plan to drag colleagues into 21st century

New Chief Justice Frank Clarke delivers a speech ahead of the new law term, at the Four Courts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chief Justice Frank Clarke reveals new scheme as part of push to digitise appeal process

Avondale House Cumberland Street,Dublin where Gareth Hutch was shot dead. His Cousin, Alan Hutch, has been warned by gardaí he may be the target of an assassination attempt. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Hutch’s father and two cousins have already been murdered as part of feud

Ireland has the lowest number of judges per head of population in the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

Decisions in five cases have been outstanding for more than two years

Familiar sight: people use a Dublin laneway to take drugs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaigners hope we might be about to turn a corner. The reality is more nuanced

Israeli immigration officers stopped the group when they arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Photograph: iStock

Elaine Daly has been organising the trip for eleven years

Conor Brady, Sir Peter Fahy, Dr Johnny Connolly, Kathleen O’Toole, Chairperson, Donncha O’Connell, Helen Ryan and Dr Eddie Molloy at the first meeting of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former ‘Irish Times’ editor says lack of Government support for commission was a factor

Former Garda ombudsman  Conor Brady has called for radical reform of the force. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Brady says appointing a new Garda Commissioner will make little difference

Journalist Alison O’Reilly alleges the Mail failed in its duty of care towards her and breached the terms of her contract

Alison O’Reilly also alleges she was defamed by the apology the newspaper printed

A shooting incident involving a garda occurred near the junction of Portobello Road and Kingsland Parade, Portobello, Dublin 8 (above). File photograph: Google Street View

Gsoc advises witnesses they may have to give evidence at trial if DPP directs charges

A report revealed that gardaí had exaggerated the number of breathalyser tests by 1.45 million. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Civilian Garda employee said she witnessed garda test himself to falsify numbers

Mr Flanagan said the selection of candidates for the post will be handled by the Policing Authority “independent of government.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Government is open to raising the €180,000 salary to attract outside candidates

Gary Cunningham: “In prison, it’s the tiniest things that make a difference.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A former Mountjoy prisoner remembers ‘a disgraceful, inhumane practice’

Nóirín O’Sullivan made some basic errors during her time as commissioner, according to one Kildare-based garda

‘The commissioner should be a guard. It’s not a football club. You can’t just buy Neymar’

The resignation of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan was ‘flagged’ to Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan in the weeks before she stepped down.

Minister for Justice denies a ‘deal’ was done over Nóirín O’Sullivan’s pension

The HSE set up a programme in 2011 allowing intravenous drug users to exchange their needles for clean ones in designated pharmacies around the country

More than 500 seizures of injectable tanning substance in last two years, figures show

Former chief justice Susan Denham. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ex-chief justice lobbied for judges facing misconduct inquiries to be able to recoup costs

Gardai at the scene ( house in centre of pic) of the discovery of the skeletal remains of a human in the back yard of a house, by builders, on Mary Street, North, Dundalk. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Skeletal remains found in back garden are at least 70 years old and National Museum called in

Tipperary was at 385 per cent while Kerry had an over-reporting rate of nine per cent. Photograph: iStock

The Tipperary division over-reporting rate of 385% was highest of all Garda areas

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at a  Policing Authority public meeting at Griffith College, Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New report into false testing figures is the latest instalment in a lengthy saga

A privacy provision relating to misconduct inquires against judges was inserted into a draft of the Judicial Council Bill after the then Chief Justice Susan Denham contacted the then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald (right) in 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Susan Denham told Frances Fitzgerald of concern over public misconduct proceedings

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland said people it is in contact with were experiencing more harassment, abuse, robberies and violent attacks.

Support groups link increase in attacks to law criminalising purchase of sex

Member of the public attend a vigil  for Jack Watson, a rough sleeper who was found dead in Dublin on Thursday morning.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Plea to Taoiseach ahead of emergency meeting: ‘Take control of this situation’

File image of Console founder Paul Kelly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Department of Health may seek repayment of the money if it was spent inappropriately

 Flowers and candles are placed in tribute to victims of the recent terrorist attack in Las Ramblas,  Barcelona, Spain. Photograph:  Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Support group calls for specialist organisation for Irish citizens affected by terrorism

Former garda Stephen Cooper was jailed for three years for a string of offences. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Supreme Court ruling could have implications for cases involving sport, sadomasochism

 Former garda Stephen Cooper: he was attacked and beaten by another prisoner in Midlands Prison. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Case could have implications for sporting events such as mixed martial arts

Gardaí found a large amount of stolen property during searches in Dublin

Passenger journeys on all modes of transport have increased since 2013.

National Transport Authority says rise has been achieved with no extra State funding

Muslims  gather at Plaza de Catalunya to protest against terrorism in Barcelona on Monday evening. Photograph:  Sergio Perez/Reuters

City’s Muslim community is well integrated, and contemptuous of last week’s terror attacks

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