Court told that Martin Daly, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare, was behind the wheel of the car for 70 minutes. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Driver was three times over drink-driving limit when he left garage, court hears

Unofficial tallies  indicate the same sex marriage referendum will be passed in both Limerick constituencies.

Strongest Yes vote returned in urban areas, residents of Quin voted 83% for the change

Alan Custy (38) is to plead guilty to the theft of €14,650 from a woman over a period of five months. File photograph: Alan Betson

Alan Custy is to plead guilty to theft of €14,650 from woman

 Judge Patrick Durcan: said   injuries sustained by the  complainant were akin to marks you would find from a bunch of 10-year-olds out playing football. Photograph: Tony Grehan /Press 22

Judge says there were conflicts of evidence and there was nothing in independent evidence to assist court

According to the Courts Service, Polish was the language interpreted most often last year in the courts, with interpreters required on 2,151 different occasions.

Service confirms that approximately 68 languages featured in court appearances

Two men have appeared in court on theft and deception charges relating to dog owners who had placed adverts on Done Deal looking to locate their lost dogs

It is alleged the men secured money on the pretence they could return stolen dogs

Inmates study Open University courses in scheme costing the State €137,860

Graham Dwyer was jailed for life for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dwyer was described as ‘sadistic and brutal pervert’ for murder of Elaine O’Hara

At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Keys said: “It would be improper and unconscionable for a jury to convict Mr Galbraith in the circumstances presented by the State.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

James Galbraith of Lissaniska, Ennis, wounded in cemetery ambush, court told

Brendan Mahoney posted package to Kilkee home of Garda Paul Heaslip

Shannon Watch file handout photograph of TD’s Mick Wallace and Clare Daly during their alleged attempt to search two planes believed to be used by the US military at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Edward Horgan/Shannon Watch/PA Wire

TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly found guilty of breaching Shannon airport rules

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled that a worker  involved in an incident where a banger exploded at work injuring a number of colleagues has been unfairly dismissed.

Justin Leigh admitted responsibility but didn’t appreciate consequences, tribunal told

Counsel for the State, Stephen Coughlan BL, said it will be alleged that Brendan  Mahoney sent a pig’s head to the home of Garda Paul Heaslip, who was living in the Percy French estate in Kilkee at the time. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Brendan Mahoney (47) denies offence of posting packet containing menacing article

The Dáil bars saw profits increase by more than 10 per cent last year, despite declining revenues. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Figures for 2014 show rise in takings at Leinster House bars despite fall in revenues

On the final day of the INTO congress in Ennis, Clones native Tracey Whyte told delegates that, in the current school year, she has suffered 20 physical assaults, with a total of 60 serious assaults against staff at her school. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Tracey Whyte says that, in the current school year, she has suffered 20 physical assaults

The State Examinations Commission does not  round up percentages achieved in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Leaving Cert student denied an A1 in biology despite being a quarter of a percentage point off 90%

President Michael D Higgins meets Chinese president Xi Jinping during his visit to China last December. Photograph: AP Photo/Greg Baker

Total bill included more than €82,000 in the three-week lead-up to President Higgins’s visit

 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court  Mrs Susan Denham in court: she wrote ‘a number of members of the court have fallen ill . . .  and I believe that the cold temperatures have been a factor in this.’ Photograph: Collins Courts.

Letters released under Freedom of Information say it was a ‘significant health matter’

 Mrs Justice Susan Denham: she  brought  a thermometer into court and found  the temperature in the Supreme Court and its conference room in the Four Courts complex varied between 13.5 and 19 degrees in January. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In January temperatures in court fell to 13.5 degrees yet optimum work heat is 25 degrees

Head of the Clare Garda Traffic Corps Insp John Ryan said the route was “accident-free and a very safe road when there are no downpours of hail or sleet”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Route appears to have particular problem with hailstorms, says National Roads Authority

The court was told that three men had a machete, slash hook and hockey stick

Two men chased across school playground hid in classroom with pupils and teacher

Dubliner Brendan Mahoney was extradited from Spain after he was remanded in custody pending his trial. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Department of Communications officials among those to be called in 2012 case

In court in Ennis, a solicitor for said that the couple took out a €195,500 mortgage in February, 2005. The monthly repayments are €1,298 and the last payment was €250 in April 2014.

Co Clare man describes strain that spiralling mortgage debt has had on his life

 There were 131 applications for repossession before the County Registrar’s Court on Friday. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Home Funding Corporation Ltd seeks order for repossession of 26-acre site

TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly and campaigner Margaretta D’Arcy arrive at Ennis District Court in a case relating to an incident at Shannon Airport last July. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly in court over alleged illegal entrance at Shannon Airport

A Garda investigation was launched in January in 2012 after the arrival of the severed animal’s head to the home of a Co Clare garda.

Brendan Mahoney to arrive in Dublin from Spain today following European arrest warrant

Alan Markham: in action for Clare in his playing days.

Alan Markham struck by glass and stick before theft

Judge Gerard Keyes said “this State does not have facilities to adequately deal with a person of your [Hayes] state or medical condition”. Photograph: Getty Images

Dominic Hayes set to walk free this year even though expert says high risk of reoffending

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly arrive at Ennis District Court in a case relating to an incident at Shannon Airport last July. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dáil deputies Mick Wallace and Clare Daly in court over alleged illegal entrance to airport

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly pictured  in Ennis on Tuesday where they are appearing before the District Court after  entering a restricted zone in Shannon Airport in July of last year. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22.

Judge says he does not wish for his court to take on the role of the ‘Skibbereen Eagle’

Tax authorities paid a total of €5.3m to outside legal teams in 4,348 Revenue cases

New figures from Dublin City Council confirm it paid an Irish wing of international security firm G4S more than €1 million last year to collect coins from its parking meters.

Dublin City Council paid an Irish wing of international security firm G4S to collect coins from its parking meters

A judge today approved an order that a convicted sex offender not have any profile on Tinder, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media. File photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Man (33) told not to delete internet search history or have more than one phone

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) served the unusual order on St Coleman’s (Claremorris) Credit Union Ltd at the end of last month, giving the credit union six weeks to re-instate Karen Stapleton.

Employment Appeals Tribunal found worker was unfairly dismissed

Solicitor mentions Conor McGregor after hearing of client’s progress

The legal practice operated by high profile solicitor Frank Buttimer received the highest amount in criminal legal aid payments last year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA.

Cork practice tops list for fourth successive year with fees of €709,667 (including Vat)

Mountjoy Prison, which new figures reveal contains the highest concentration of prisoners in illegal possession of mobile phones.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice says mobile phone jammers would reduce threat to society

The jury at  Clare Coroner’s Court in Ennis has recommended extra warnings for  tourists to drive on the correct side of the road  after hearing  details of a horrific crash that claimed two lives near the Cliffs of Moher last summer. File photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Motorbike collision near Cliffs of Moher caused explosion setting two men on fire

Inquest: Gerry O’Connell, father of under-21 Clare hurler Gearóid, was crushed under tractor trailer

Verdict of accidental death returned at inquest of Gerry O’Connell

Counsel for Canon Bob Hanna, Lorcan Connolly BL, said his client was “under severe time constraints on the date” of the offence. He said: “He accepts the intemperate language he used on the day was unacceptable, and he instructs me to apologise to Garda McDonagh without reservation.” File photograph:  Getty Images/Comstock Images

Judge says he is satisfied to remove disqualification ‘given abject apology’ from rector

Data released by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency

View inside Dublin City University (DCU). New figures show Irish universities pay 22 staff pensions in excess of €200,000. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

DCU retiree receives highest individual lump sum payment

The tax settlement of €26,660 relates to taxi journeys between officers’ homes and headquarters. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Department of Foreign Affairs reimbursed €661,746 in taxi fares to staff over four years

Garth Brooks during his press conference at Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Peter Thursfield

An that was despite missing out on five nights of Garth Brooks in Croke Park

Canon Hanna (68) successfully applied to appeal his driving ban at Ennis District Court from the same judge who banned him. Photograph: Reuters

Canon Hanna swore at garda when stopped on way to communion

Liam McKee, with dog Tonto, at his home in Cronin Gardens, Shannon, Co Clare. Separated Mr McKee says he has no access to the TV in the house. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Separated Clare man tells judge he goes to mother’s home to watch a match

A Co Clare cleric has apologised for his foul-mouthed outburst towards a garda when stopped for speeding. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Canon Bob Hannah banned from driving for six months after offence on way to communion

Two  men have applied to the court for guardianship of a girl and  have agreed to undertake DNA tests.

Both men have applied for guardianship and have agreed to undertake DNA tests

Mick Wallace appeared at Ennis District Court concerning an alleged illegal entrance into a restricted area of Shannon airport.

Independent TDs supported at Ennis court by Margaretta D’Arcy

 Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke says action to reduce homelessness is needed. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke says it is sign of Government failure on issue

Mr Custy agreed to a bail condition that he does not monitor or create accounts or profiles on the dating websites smooch.com, plentyoffish.com and communitysingles.com

Alan Custy in court charged with stealing €14,650 from a woman in Limerick

Martin McLaughlin and his wife Ann, of Ballymaconna, Barefield, Co Clare, at Ennis Circuit Court

Jury found Martin McLaughlin’s wife Ann not guilty of harassment over the same period

An 18-year old Ennis youth who struck former Clare hurler Alan Markham with a beer glass in an unprovoked attack walked free from court yesterday. Photograph: Inpho

Ennis youth’s case put back for one year due to lack of previous convictions

File photograph of Patrick Barry, aged 80,  who was sentenced at Ennis court on Wednesday.

Patrick Barry sentenced to 11 years for sexual assault of school girls over 21 years

Patrizia and Raymond Crowley at Ennis Circuit Court.

Martin McLaughlin (67) denies threatening to kill Ray Crowley (41) on two occasions

Patrizia and Raymond Crowley outside  Ennis Circuit Court.

Martin McLaughlin (67) denies threatening to kill Ray Crowley at Barefield, Co Clare

Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara, from Limerick, receiving her cheque in 2005. Photograph: Frank Miller

Property was stolen from mansion owned by son of Dolores McNamara

The Employment Appeals Tribunal found that Tesco’s disciplinary procedures were flawed to the extent that Ms Adeniyi was prejudiced by them. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Supervisor tells hearing she always intended to return to work

Abbey Theatre: recorded a profit this year after cutting production costs. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Management cut production expenses by more than 1.2m

The Department of Foreign Affairs at Iveagh House on St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tutors and languages schools getting between €30 and €67.50 for one-to-one tuition

An Bord Pleanála approved the proposed conversion of 69 Merrion Road to an embassy building despite the recommendation of its own inspector no to. Photograph: Google Maps

Locals on Merrion Road voice concerns over possible protests and ‘noisy flags’

Judge Patrick Durcan:  praised Garda motorcyclist or risking his life in a high-speed chase of  Patrick   Cotter.  Photograph: Tony Grehan /Press 22

Motorists forced to avoid Mercedes car on Limerick to Ennis motorway

Judge Patrick Durcan had adjourned months of Go Safe prosecutions to yesterday’s court date due to a High Court challenge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Judge moves against failure of Go Safe staff to show authorisation to give evidence

Marty Walsh has dual US and Irish citizenship and grew up in a household in Boston where Irish was spoken. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times

Marty Walsh is the Irish-speaking son of Connemara emigrants

Employment Appeals Tribunal rules security firm was correct to sack employee

Counties with only one court venue, such as Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford and Offaly, will require only five retailers in each county. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Courts Service seeking 480 retail outlets to participate in new system of fines payment

More people with the condition are living longer thanks to improved therapies. Photograph: Thinkstock

Cystic fibrosis was only identified in case of 78-year-old woman two years ago

Nathan Coughlan’s solicitor said the young man knew he had to get a sentence for what he did and was willing to ‘take it on the chin’.

Emergency services scrambled unnecessarily to Ennis river on two occasions

Full-time Dublin and Cork coroners best paid with over €255,000 each last year

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a giant €80 million wind farm near the Co Tipperary village of Upperchurch in spite of widespread local opposition

Upperchurch project opposed by local group, An Taisce and nearby residents

The GPO: the PSEU told the Labour Court  An Post’s proposed new online attendance recording system  should be viewed as major change. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Increase sought over ‘estimated 30 to 45 minutes a week’ it would take staff to use system

The Lodge at Doonbeg Golf Club, Co  Clare.  Documents lodged with Clare County Council show the wind farm will be visible from Donald Trump’s golf resort, on which he is planning to spend up to €45 million. Photograph: Kieran Clancy/PicSure

US billionaire vows to fight planned developement

Davitt House: the Employment Appeals Tribunal has ordered employer Clare County Council to pay Joseph Floyd snr, Lower Main Street, Tulla, €30,000 for unfair dismissal. Photograph: David Sleator

Tribunal orders Clare County Council to pay former employee €30,000 over dismissal

Garda Elaine Freemantle told the court that Mr Melaadi replied: “What I have done I’m really, really happy with and I will do it again to feel better.”

The damage coincided with man reaching the 10-year mark in the direct provision system

Brian O’Connell has told the Merriman Summer School that our social conditioning particularly around male emotions makes it difficult at times not to feel like damaged goods; that you are somehow abnormal if you don’t listen to that God-awful phrase — ‘man-up’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Irish men must ‘question perceived national and cultural stereotypes’ - Merriman Summer School

Jim Lucey: said recognition of the importance of emotional health was “necessary and progressive”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Jim Lucey tells Merriman Summer School one in four will experience a mental disorder

“This year is our busiest year since we opened 33 years ago.” Photograph: Frank Miller 15.1.04

‘There is a lot happening in Dublin so business is very, very good’

The Department of Education and Science in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Small firms boss says payments are example of ‘golden circle’ but unions defend awards

The man is to pay a revised monthly mortgage payment of €1,200 on the home for 10 years and three months up to his 70th birthday.

Judge at Ennis Circuit Court says debt burden was the largest he has come across

The planning board found that while accepting that the proposal would be visually prominent in some views, it concluded that the visual impact would be acceptable.

Decision overturns inspector’s advice to refuse ESB and Coillte development

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Jury returns verdict of accidental death in case of Ennis publican Josephine Lucas

Threatened action by the DPC followed a complaint to it from the chief executive of the Irish Dental Union, Fintan Hourihan who argued there was no statutory basis or public interest justification for the publication of the payments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Ttimes

Move follows Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) threatening action unless payment details to individual dentists through the med(...)

Patrick Barry (80), of Well Road ,Kilkee, Co Clare, has been found guilty on 59 counts of indecent assault against 11 primary school girls between 1964 and 1985 at the two-teacher Moyasta school in west Clare.

Patrick Barry (80), from Kilkee, Co Clare, convicted on 59 counts between 1964 and 1985

The top earner in Irish local authorities is Dublin City Council’s chief executive Owen Keegan, who earns €175,721 a year.

Four council chief executives have salaries exceeding €150,000

Judge accuses teen of breathtaking arrogance and ignorance

The Reception and Integration Agency last year spent €82,612 flying home destitute foreign nationals. Photograph: Getty Images

Reception and Integration Agency spent €27,000 on ‘nappies and miscellaneous’ items for asylum seekers

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan:   said  new figures show guardians ad litem legal fees total €3.14 million for the year to date.     Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Head of service at Barnardos describes system as ‘chaotic’ and calls for regulation

A file photograph of Margaretta Darcy protesting at the Women’s No To War Camp at Shannon Airport in 2003. She has been given a two week suspended sentence for making an unauthorised incursion into Shannon airport last September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Judge offers to suspend sentence if anti-war activist (80) agrees to enter into bond

Pet crematorium: plans for a pet disposal unit in Meath are meeting with objections.

Woman objects to her brother’s plans for animal crematorium with asthma fears for her daughter

Judge Patrick Durcan said: “What is truly shocking is here we have a child being paid money by the [Department of Social Protection] of a very considerable amount from the age of 16 to enable him to fund his drug habit.”

Judge Patrick Durcan says report on 17-year-old ‘shocking’

Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children: Judge Alan Mitchell has instructed the guardian of the children in question to refer the case to Ms Logan and Hiqa. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Judge says it is ‘unacceptable’ children had been left without an allocated social worker for three months

Go Safe Van operator Keith Walsh showing Judge Patrick Durcan the speed camera in one of the Go Safe vans at Ennis Court house. Photograph: Eamon Ward

‘I don’t like to see State money wasted seeing five strapping men sit here all day’

“The response to a proposed name change was firmly negative and considered to be unnecessary, unwarranted, a waste of money and potentially damaging to the reputations of the Dublin Airport Authority and Government,”  said Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar

Cost of rebranding exercise estimated to be €3m

Intrepid adventurers embarked yesterday on a 20km stand-up paddle from Doolin, Co Clare, around the Cliffs of Moher, in aid of the Donal Parsons Trust. Photograph: Colin Gillen/Framelight

Donal Parsons (7) diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma last October

Fianna Fáil failed to secure an overall majority on Clare County Council, but party Transport spokesman Timmy Dooley TD said there was a spring in the step of party members again in Clare after the performance. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Timmy Dooley notes spring in party members’ steps after strong performance

Joanne Doyle and Breandán de Gallaí, the two principal dancers from Riverdance rehersing. Photograph  Alan Betson /Irish Times

Not everyone jumping for joy, however, as dance company makes annual loss in 2012

‘Visceral anger’ may be gone - but return to dominance unlikely for Fianna Fáil

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