The case of Teri Schiavo involved a long battle in the US courts. Photograph: Getty Images

Doctors say prognosis dire, but family may oppose HSE move to withhold treatment

Parents deny abuse allegations made against them by two older children who remain in care

 Laura Esmonde  told the Medical Council inquiry Dr A had on January 6th 2013 given her three options: surgery, medical management using drugs, or letting the pregnancy end naturally. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is claimed that ‘Dr A’ misinterpreted ultrasound scans as indicative of an ectopic pregnancy

Minister for Health Simon Harris, with Ciarán Breen, director of the  State Claims Agency at the Quality, Patient Safety and Clinical Risk conference at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

State Claims Agency boss says the organisation faces its highest bill yet next year

 Patrick Hickey with IOC president Thomas Bach confer in Washington in October 2015.  Photograph: Getty Images

‘Congratulations and a big hug’ - IOC chief’s message to Hickey at close of Baku Games

Mr Justice Robert Barr on his last day on the bench at the High Court in Dublin in June 2002. File photograph: Ronan Quinlan/Collins

Judge noted for Jamie Sinnott education ruling and inquiry into John Carthy shooting

Brendan Farrelly: “Driving a bus is considerably more challenging than driving a Luas.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Drivers from Siptu and the NBRU outline why they have been forced into industrial action

‘Rachael’  fears social care workers in children’s residential centres face more violence from the children than ever before. Photograph: Getty  images

‘Some children look for the violent responses they’re used to,’ says residential service staff member

A study on social care workers’  experiences in the workplace has has found there is an expectation and acceptance of violence and it can become a “cultural norm” in certain work settings which is not addressed. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Staff in children’s residential and disability centres most at risk, Social Care Ireland finds

A HSE report has found that the model of care provided at the Áras Attracta centre for adults with intellectual disabilities in Co Mayo was ‘wrong’.

Independent report finds ‘wrong’ care model used at HSE facility in Swinford, Co Mayo

Residents at the Oberstown Detention Campus, Dublin protest after  climbing up onto the roof of one of the buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Katherine Zappone vows that children will ‘never again’ be sent to adult prisons

Trinity College Dublin:  the only Irish university ranked in the top 100 international universities.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Damaging effects of higher education cutbacks now obvious, say TCD and UCD heads

Years of patient efforts to reintroduce red kites into Ireland have resulted in three chicks being fledged in two nests in Fingal this year, the Golden Eagle Trust (GET) said.

Fledglings in the air after efforts to reintroduce species initially beset by problems

A High Court judge has said the word ‘unborn’ in the Constitution means an ‘unborn child’ with rights beyond the right to life.

High Court justice finds the rights of the ‘unborn’ extend beyond the right to life

 Mr Justice John MacMenamin. Photograph: Collins

Mr Justice John MacMenamin says system serves neither State nor applicants

John Stanley Purcell brought two actions alleging his reputation and right to earn a living had been damaged as a consequence of the proposed inquiry.

Liability due to INBS collapse outweighs John Stanley Purcell’s claim, says judge

High Court ruling on adverse possession upheld by the Supreme Court

Supreme court appeal dismissed but CIÉ not to seek costs

A Dubai-based firm has failed to get a Supreme Court order aimed at preventing it being sued here over its acquisition of a multimillion-euro property in India from companies controlled by members of the family of businessman Seán Quinn.

IBRC alleges firm is part of conspiracy to place assets beyond bank’s reach

David Langan’s case will return later to the High Court to be addressed in line with the appeal court’s findings.

Court of Appeal ruling expected to have ‘unfortunate’ consequences for other cases

A dispute between members of businessman Seán Quinn’s family and IBRC over the scope of orders freezing and monitoring their accounts and assets has been adjourned at the High Court.

Members of family claim orders freezing assets prevent them living ‘normal’ lives

Members of businessman Seán Quinn’s family want the High Court to vary “hugely oppressive” orders freezing their accounts and assets below €50 million. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

IBRC opposes application, alleging failure to co-operate with receivers

The Equality Tribunal found in 2014 that NUIG lecturer, Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, was discriminated against on grounds of gender. File  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Four female lecturers alleging gender discrimination in a competition for promotion

Tomás Heneghan: said he was cautiously optimistic about the new Government policy.  File photograph: Collins Courts

Decision follows decision by Minister for Health to end permanent prohibition

A High Court judge has fixed next February to hear the action by the Data Protection Commissioner over the legality of existing data transfer channels between the EU and the United States.

Data Protection Commissioner seeks to refer EU-US data transfers to European court

A High Court judge has found a female Captain in the Defence Forces qualified for promotion to Commandant in May 2013 and was entitled to damages for loss of earnings from that date after she was excluded from a promotions process. Photograph: The Irish Times

Diane Byrne excluded from promotions process because she was on maternity leave

Angela Kerins pictured arriving at the Four Courts on Friday  for the continuation of her High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Angela Kerins claims conduct of Oireachtas hearings was unlawful

Former High Court judge Barry White. Photograph: Collins Courts

Barry White, on €79,000 pension, claimed he needed work out of financial necessity

Angela Kerins was seeking to claim the courts have some ‘oversight function’ concerning Dáil debates, counsel for th PAC told the High Court on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Ex-Rehab CEO seeking to alter separation of powers between courts and legislature, court told

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins pictured arriving at the Four Courts on Tuesday for the continuation of her High Court action against the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Angela Kerins alleges Dáil committee had an agenda to ‘go after’ her and impose accountability

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Case was sparked by privacy campaigner Max Schrems’ complaint to data protection watchdog

Sophia Ryan, now aged three and suing through her father Paul, Ballygannon, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, sued the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, over antisepsis burn injuries suffered following her premature birth at the hospital on October 19th 2012.

Child alleged chemical burn from a skin cleansing solution soon after birth

The Health Service Executive (HSE) wants court orders allowing doctors not to resuscitate a severely brain-injured young man if his condition deteriorates further.

Doctors say the patient in 30s and on ventilator for some years has poor prognosis and

The three-judge Court of Appeal this week allowed  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald’s appeal in a judgment addressing an important point of EU law concerning “effective remedy” requirements of Article 39 of the Procedures Directive. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Appeal arose in case of a woman from DRC who came here in 2008 and sought asylum

A woman drops her vote into a ballot box  in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Robert Sinnott claims his ability to cast ballot in secret impaired by current situation

David Hall, interim CEO Console, and Brian Higgins, CEO Pieta House, speaking at a HSE press conference on the transfer of Console Services to Pieta House. Photograph: Alan Betson

Console €294,000 in debt and unable to maintain its service, court hears

Homeless men Tommy Donnelly and Jay Bissett  outside the offices of Wicklow County Council in Bray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thomas Donnelly has been on Wicklow County Council’s housing list for eight years

Former chief executive of the Rehab Group, Angela Kerins, who was exposed to  questions about the charity which inferred impropriety, lack of transparency and ‘even illegality’, the High Court was  told on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Hearing into Rehab payments was ‘ inquiry into charity sector earnings’, court told

Former chief executive of the Rehab Group, Angela Kerins, arriving at the High Court in Dublin. She said she had lost her job and her career and was “deeply humiliated”.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Ex-Rehab chief says attempt came after ‘bullying’ by TDs during committee hearing

A credit union cannot sell the jointly-owned family homes of two men to recover judgments against them because their wives had nothing to do with the loan transactions,  the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Credit union wanted to sell properties used by men as security for development funds

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins who has begun a legal action over her treatment by the PAC. Photograph: Collins

Former Rehab chief claims PAC had no power to question her on payments

High Court: Red Flag has agreed to provide documents, including files regarding the circumstances of its retainer  concerning the dossier on Denis O’Brien, but is entitled to maintain the client’s confidentiality, submitted Michael Collins SC for the consultancy.

Confidentiality crucial to firm that prepared dossier on Denis O’Brien, High Court hears

The men were transferred here  after being jailed in England  for trying to buy weapons and explosives for the Real IRA

Court dismisses appeal against orders freeing the men transferred here 14 years ago

Michael McDonald, Fintan O’Farrell and Declan Rafferty

UK court convicted three Co Louth men of trying to buy explosives for Real IRA

EU commissioner Phil Hogan pictured leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday  after he received an apology from TV3 and Associated Newspapers following his  High Court action. Photograph: Collins

EU commissioner claims Irish Daily Mail and TV3 wrongly suggested he was prejudiced

The Dublin property was security for unpaid loans advanced to a Dublin couple, the receivers said.

Woman fails to show court valid lease for Rathgar home being used as guesthouse

Decision by Court of Appeal to have significant effect on way wayleave notices are served

A High Court judge has said he believes his forthcoming judgment on an action by retired judge Barry White, aimed at resuming practise as a criminal defence barrister, ‘will make Mr White a very happy man’. Photograph: Collins Courts

High Court justice reserves judgment on action seeking to resume barrister practice

Solicitors in west Cork have won a High Court order requiring the Courts Service to reconsider its decision approving the closure of Skibberreen courthouse.

High Court upholds arguments by local lawyers that decision was contaminated by errors of fact

Properties on and around Dublin’s Moore Street at the centre of a major legal battle aimed at protecting a 1916 Rising ‘battlefield site’ were sold this week. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

High Court said in March that various buildings in area are a national monument

A professional masseur accused of sexually assaulting a woman while massaging her has obtained a court order stopping his trial unless certain information is provided to him by the woman.

Man says trial should be stopped if plaintiff does not identify as it’s critical to her credibility

Austrian lawyer Max Schrems (above), whose complaint over the validity of existing data transfer channels has been provisionally deemed by Commissioner Helen Dixon to be “well-founded”.

US tells High Court case is of ‘critical importance’

Former High Court judge Barry White at the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins

Barry White got €250,000 payment on retirement, plus €78,000 annual pension

Gwen Leost Kane, of Beechdale Court, Firhouse, Dublin at the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Gwen Leost Kane can no longer do Breton folk dancing, cycle or walk long distances

Ms Thomas is suing the Garda Commissioner and State over alleged ‘incalculable’ damage suffered by her arising from the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in late 1996. Photograph: Collins

Pre-trial hearing could result in Jules Thomas’ damages case being thrown out

The  damages to be paid to Shane Travers (31), of Ardilaun Park, Portmarnock, Co Dublin, are understood to be substantial. Photograph:Collins Courts

Newspaper apologises in settlement of action over article about €7.6m ‘tiger’ kidnapping

Jerry Beades, representing himself, strongly opposed an application on Monday by Paul Gallagher SC, for the Central Bank, to have the two cases transferred into the fast-track Commercial Court list.

Bank seeks to have proceedings struck out as vexatious

The Law Society has secured interim orders, on consent, freezing the accounts of a solicitor after he earlier this week disclosed a client account deficit estimated at between €300,000 and €400,000. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Interim orders secured by Law Society after client account deficit of over €300,000 disclosed

The official opening of the Court of Appeal building in  Dublin last November.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Joseph Hewitt claims wrongful death, was seeking damages from HSE

Catholic University School,  Leeson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pierce Dillon challenges Catholic University School’s handling of complaint

Man sacked following armed robbery during which his son was kidnapped at gunpoint

 Austrian Max Schrems  complained Facebook Ireland was transferring his data via SCCs to servers located in the US, where it was being processed, without ensuring sufficient protection for it as required under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.

Application by US to join High Court action following Max Schrems claims over validity of data transfers between EU and US

Joseph Tyrell Jnr had accepted some liability must attach to him but also pleaded the accident was in the main caused by Ms Woods who, with a friend, was jogging two abreast on the road, the judge said. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Teacher Donna Woods was jogging with a friend near her home when struck

William Jones, with his book, The Black Horse Inside Coolmore. Photograph: Collins

William Jones wanted to prevent lawyers writing to booksellers alleging work was defamatory

The court heard there was also no reference in the planning notice for the hostel to the fact the area around Fitzwilliam Street and Merrion Square includes some protected Georgian structures, the court heard. Photograph: Moya Nolan/The Irish Times

Local resident takes challenge over plans for 30-bed hostel at Fitzwilliam Street

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in the case of Dublin businessman Ronan McNamee has implications for 26 others involved in similar “straddle” transactions involving what the Revenue estimates are total potentially recoverable tax sums of € 110million.

Decision in the case of Dublin businessman Ronan McNamee allows agency to pursue wealthy invovled in transactions primarily for ta(...)

Gwen Leost Kane at the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Gwen Leost Kane fractured her ankle after slipping while pushing her child’s buggy

Séamus Brennan claims Catherine Lowry agreed to leave him farm worth €840,000

The man argued the laws breached his rights to life, bodily integrity and liberty. Photograph: iStock

Eddie Kershaw said he needed to be able to get out of car ‘quick enough’ to get away from ‘abusive’ gardaí

A company controlled by businessman Larry Goodman has been refused a stay on orders, clearing the way for shareholders in Dublin’s Blackrock Clinic to redeem their loans for investing in the facility.

High Court ruling clears way for clinic shareholders to redeem shares

A company controlled by businessman Larry Goodman has been refused a stay on orders clearing the way for shareholders in Dublin’s Blackrock Clinic to redeem their loans for investing in the facility. Photograph: Alan Betson

Judge refuses stay on orders for company controlled by businessman Larry Goodman

Fine Gael Cllr Tom McHugh alleges RTÉ caused him, as an elected public representative, to expend time and effort in what he believed to be a public interest in vain

Politician claims broadcaster sought to procure his corruption as public representative

The DPP wants the court to consider whether, in particular cases of alleged rape, an accused is obliged, before any sex, to ascertain there was actual capacity to consent.

Judges will rule on appeal concerning positive obligations of men charged with rape

Mr Justice Robert Eagar said there was no evidence it would have been impossible for the man to attend to answer his bail on November 26th, 2014, as he was not required to attend the High Court. Even so, he could have attended the District Court in the morning and travelled to the city centre “in ample time” to give evidence in the High Court, he added. File photograph: Getty Images

Claim made it was not physically possible for man to be in separate courts on same day

Dr Harry Sweeney and Y K Paca Paca Farm, a stud farm,  have initiated three actions separately suing University of Limerick and two women who, at the time of alleged events in 2014, were students of UL on equine studies placements at the farm in Hokkaido, Japan. File photograph: Getty Images

Dr Harry Sweeney and stud farm sue UL and two ex-students on Japanese equine placement

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Action initiated by Data Protection Commissioner could have huge international implications

 University of Limerick is being sued for alleged defamation and reputational damage as a result of how it reacted to allegations by two female students  while on placement at a stud farm. File image: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dr Harry Sweeney takes action over female students’ allegations about his behaviour

 Brian O’Cathain has resigned as chief executive of Petroceltic. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Amended survival scheme reflects improved deal for the company’s staff

 Brian O’Cathain, CEO at the Petroceltic. A hearing aimed at getting High Court approval for a survival scheme for exploration company Petroceltic has been adjourned after day long talks over employees concerns about the survival proposals failed to end in agreement. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Lawyers hope agreement between employees and examiner may be reached by Thursday

 The Debenhams store on Dublin’s Henry Street. The High Court has extended time for a report from the examiner appointed to prepare a survival scheme for the company operating Debenhams eleven stores here. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Survival scheme will involve reducing rent costs, which retailer says are above market rates

Clare County County in 2011 refused permission for the original planning application by McMahon Wind Acquisitions Ltd for six turbines

Decisions of public bodies must be clear enough for people to decide if there is legal basis to challenge them, court hears

 Ms Justice Mary Irvine. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Boy appealing medical negligence award queried judge’s attendance at conference

The Sadlers Wells Roll of Honour of Group One winners at Coolmore Stud in  Fethard, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former employee fails to stop lawyers contacting retailers and distributors with allegations

 Permanent TSB charged the mortgage holder interest at a rate of 4.5 per cent when he was entitled to 1.5 per cent, the High Court heard. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Home owner claimed he would not have gone bankrupt if Permanent TSB had not overcharged

Businessman Denis O’Brien’s action against a Dáil Committee over speeches made in the House concerning his banking affairs has been fixed for hearing on November 29th. File photograph:  Matt Kavanagh.

Businessman says comments by Catherine Murphy, Pearse Doherty affected RTÉ legal action

Eoin McCullough SC, for Max Schrems (above), did not oppose the case being fast-tracked but said Mr Schrems has concerns whether another reference to the CJEU was necessary.

Data commissioner wants key issues to be referred to Court of Justice of the EU

Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP) claims the department has limited the amount of aid available to it via expenditure caps

State’s largest producer body initiates legal action, claiming it has lost €12m in funding

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has proven beneficial to a man who had refused to eat while detained in hospital, the High Court has been told. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The 62-year-old underwent 12 sessions of treatment following High Court order

Petroceltic chief executive Brian O’Cathain Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Group of 30 due just 5% of monies owed under examinership scheme

Wicklow-based firm Augustus Cullen Law appealed after the High Court upheld a Taxing Master’s decision allowing a €276,000 instruction fee and not the €485,000, based on €375 an hour, claimed. The defendant argued €250,000 was the appropriate fee.

Taxing master had reduced Wicklow-based firm Augustus Cullen Law’s fee to €276,000 from €485,000, which was then upheld by High Co(...)

The three-judge court reserved judgment. Photograph: iStock

IBRC alleges company is part of alleged conspiracy to put assets beyond bank’s reach

Shane Kelly McGrath (15) was not in the High Court on Thursday when the settlement was approved as he was sitting his Junior Cert exams. Photograph: Getty Images

Case brought by mother alleged youth sustained shoulder damage via excessive traction

Six-judge court overturns Court of Appeal decision

A file image of former Rehab chief executive  Angela Kerins arriving at Leinster House for a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee in February 2014.   In a High Court action, Ms Kerins is seeking orders and damages on foot of claims including that the committee acted unlawfully and was guilty of misfeasance in its treatment of her. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ex-Rehab chief seeking orders and damages against committee over its treatment of her

A legal challenge by businessman and anti-eviction activist Jerry Beades (pictured) to the Government’s decision to nominate Mr Justice Peter Kelly as President of the High Court has been halted on all grounds. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Claim Peter Kelly not eligible for appointment as President of High Court ‘entirely misconceived’

Stephen Murphy jnr leaves the Four Courts in Dublin yesterday. He voiced unhappiness with the Supreme Court judgment. Photograph: Collins Courts

Man’s prosecution represented ‘significant’ Garda failure, Supreme Court rules

A retired plumber who disputes interim tax assessments for €15 million raised against him but not yet determined has lost a Supreme Court appeal concerning the appeal rights of taxpayers prior to a final determination of any tax liability. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Brendan O’Rourke had disputed ruling that he could not appeal interim assessment

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter will exhibit the O’Higgins Commission report in his appeal over the dismissal of his bid to quash parts of the Guerin report. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ex-minister for justice is challenging earlier report on Garda whistleblower claims

Thomas McFeely: “refused to co-operate in any meaningful way”. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court rules Priory Hall developer in ‘very grave’ breaches of bankruptcy laws

Jules Thomas has sued the Garda Commissioner and State over alleged “incalculable” damage suffered by her arising from the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in late 1996. Photograph: Collins

Ruling could lead to Jules Thomas’s damages action being struck out – in part or in totality

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