A man who claimed he’d been kidnapped by gardaí after driving without a seatbelt was among the cases at Carrick-on-Suir District Court on Thursday. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Man alleged officer ‘stole’ his vehicle after he was stopped for driving without a seatbelt

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Aodhán Ó Riordáin TD canvassing at Thunders Home Bakery and Deli with staff member, Daphne Grecco, in Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Tánaiste joins Ó Riordáin for canvassing and coffee cake in Dublin seaside neighbourhood

Dublin District Family Court:  Child and Family Agency tells judge in  access application of nine-month waiting list for such reports. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Woman denies exaggerating son’s medical condition to seek extra maintenance

An amendment will be needed to correct an “implicit contradiction” in legislation, introduced by section 17 of the Road Traffic Act 2014, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe told Seanad. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

AG’s advice is that intention of law is clear despite the error, says Donohoe

Attorney general Máire Whelan. She said those reporting court proceedings were performing an important public service

Examination follows comments by attorney general Máire Whelan

Dolphin House, East Essex Street,  which houses the family court.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Family Lawyers Association says 19th-century courthouse not right for 21st century

Second teen accused of incident in Rathfarnham opts for District Court hearing

Dublin District Family Court. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Child had been left in the care of ‘highly intoxicated’ man for 24 hours by his mother

 Syrian refugees perform an Arabic dance at an intercultural evening in Monasterevin, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Syrian and Iraqi arrivals are presented with donation at intercultural event in Kildare

Richard Boyd Barrett at a water protest in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Water charges to be central issue in election, says Unite spokesman Brendan Ogle

The director general of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac), Noeline Blackwell, is to leave her post at the end of February, the charity has announced. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Tributes to ‘lasting contribution’ of solicitor after 10 years with free legal information group

The judge had a list of more than 50 cases before him for the latest session of the District Criminal Court at Sligo Courthouse. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Latest session of Sligo court heard of a man driving into a Patrick’s Day parade

A couple who won €500,000 in the lottery split up after the money ran out, a court has heard. File photograph: Philip Sears/Reuters

Woman seeking maintenance says her partner left when ‘the money was gone’

The Minister for Justice  brought a number of powers included in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 into force this week, including one that will give single parents greater rights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New Act will see more children coming before judges to give testimony

The Criminal Justice (Offences relating to Information Systems) Bill 2016 will create new offences relating to the unauthorised accessing of information systems. File photograph: Getty Images

Bill outlaws planting of malicious software and accessing of data on information systems

The request for the translation was made following a legal challenge to a drink-driving charge, taken on the basis that some road traffic legislation was not available in Irish . Photograph: Frank Miller

Translations of word ‘speciman’ could have had ‘serious legal consequences’

Former Anglo Irish Bank company secretary Bernard Daly (left) and former chief operations officer Tiernan O’Mahoney. They  were jailed in July for conspiracy to falsify bank records and defraud the Revenue Commissioners, and are appealing their convictions and the length of their sentences. Photographs: Collins Courts/The Irish Times

State counsel reject arguments of unfair trial for former Anglo Irish Bank executives

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Tiarnán O’Mahoney. Photograph: Court Collins.

Former bank executives Bernard Daly and Tiarnán O’Mahoney appealing convictions

Bernard Daly was sentenced to two years in prison last July. Photograph: Collins

Bernard Daly should never have been put on trial for conspiracy offences, counsel says

  Former Anglo Irish Bank official Tiarnan O’Mahoney: jailed for conspiring to falsify bank records and  to defraud   Revenue Commissioners and for  furnishing incorrect information to the Revenue Court Photograph: Collins/Courts

Tiarnan O’Mahoney’s counsel tells Court of Criminal Appeal he should have been tried separately from co-accused

Tiarnan O’Mahoney was sentenced to three years in prison by Judge Patrick McCartan at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July, 2015. Photograph: Collins

Tiarnan O’Mahoney and Bernard Daly are appealing convictions and length of sentences

  James Reilly: looking at options for guardians in child care cases. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Service could be run by State or by existing private entity such as Barnardos

Ireland’s member: Judge Eugene Regan of the Court of Justice, a former barrister, Fine Gael senator and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor

Allowances include allocations for household, entertainment, children and education

An anonymous letter sent to a school and a DVD of a garda interview with a young girl at the centre of an allegation of under-aged sex, were among items agreed for disclosure in a case at Tallaght District Court on Friday.

Five teenage boys accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl in Rathfarnham, Dublin

 Reporting results: The Courts Service has said the internationally accepted method for measuring conviction rates is to base the figures only on cases that proceed to full hearing before the courts – this results in a conviction rate of 86 per cent. Photograph: Frank Miller

Analysis: Many cases fall by wayside before proceeding to a hearing or are struck out

System means least law abiding citizen has advantage, District Court judge says

One in 10 Irish women develops breast cancer in their lifetime and more than 2,500 cases  are diagnosed each year. Photograph: Thinkstock

Breast Cancer Research asks people to host events on women’s little Christmas

Garret FitzGerald wished to speak in French when addressing the Institut Français des Relations Internationales in Paris. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

FitzGerald agrees to address Paris conference on evolution of Irish foreign policy

David Norris, left, and Geoffrey Dudgeon of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association. Photograph: Pat Langan

State was fighting in European Court of Human Rights to retain ban on homosexuality

Former chief state solicitor Louis Dockery with Major RH Bicker: opinion sought on possible  legal complications of women gardaí continuing to use their maiden names after marriage. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Chief state solicitor did not sympathise with preference but saw no objection to it

 Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes premises at Ballsbridge: The Hospitals Sweepstake argued the State had a moral obligation to its employees, as thoughts turned to the idea of the  National Lottery. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Fears raised that decision to run lottery would be at expense of Hospitals Sweepstake

 Garret FitzGerald with Nuala Fennell, who was the minister of state for women’s affairs. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Despite plan made with women’s charity, event clashed with bank holiday weekend

The government authorised the minister for foreign affairs  to submit the harp and shamrock to the World Intellectual Property Organisation for registration as trademarks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Who’s Who in Ireland’ had harp design as‘an exact reproduction of the official crest’

Then taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald: said that controls on visiting the prison were vital for security. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Lack of physical contact between prisoner and visitor ‘unjust and inhumane’

What was revealed during the murder trial of Graham Dwyer (centre) was a person with a dark and twisted mind, and a sex scene that had allowed him to prey on vulnerable women. File photograph: Collins Courts

Facade of middle-class normality disintegrated amid trial over Elaine O’Hara’s killing

In 1985, then minister for justice Michael Noonan was concerned  there were four retired judges on the Special Criminal Court. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government agrees to adopt policy to remove retired judges from Special Criminal Court

Dr Patrick Hillery:  his secretary advised against making the referral. In a handwritten note to the president, Micheál Ó hOdhráin said the legislation had generated a lot of heat inside and outside the Dáil, as well as “heavy mail”.  Photograph: Pat Langan

Hundreds wrote to President Patrick Hillery urging not to sign law on buying condoms

Apart from Michael Collins, there were seven presidents and eight taoisigh to be considered, with one president and four taoisigh being “still alive”. Photograph: Hulton Archive

Official said in note that next of kin ‘will be less demanding in this regard than the living’

Seán Lemass with Dr Jeremiah Newman (left) and the Very Rev Maurice Morrissey (in 1963):  Dr Newman said Catholic politicians were “not entitled to follow their consciences in a void, as though a teaching authority did not exist in the Catholic Church”. Photograph: Tommy Collins

Northern Catholics offended by ‘lurid descriptions of hedonistic debauchery’

Chief Justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham and  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: they were well aware of the OPW stance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Documents released under FoI reveal tensions over offices for Office of Public Works

Memo said former minister for communications Jim Mitchell would be pleased to see a ferry service to Cork, but was concerned about possible losses. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Government minutes show approval still given for ‘starting up grant’ of £300,000

Spike Island prisoners on recreation hall roof during a riot in September 1985, when they burned key buildings. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

In 1985, Fort Mitchell used to house offenders due to shortage of prison places elsewhere

Former minister for industry, trade, commerce and tourism John Bruton and former minister for finance Alan Dukes: in advance of Bruton’s trip to Delhi, a telex read,  “Ambassador has suggested that the air-conditioning be turned on in advance and that whatever household staff are absent might be recalled.” Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Visit to Delhi was part of a three-day stopover after an official visit to Japan

 Barrister  Frank Callanan with former chief justice  Thomas O’Higgins: Mr O’Higgins replaced Judge Andreas O’Keeffe as the Irish judge at the European Court of Justice. Photograph: David Sleator

Chief justice worried about pension before European Court of Justice appointment

John Junor: understood to have apologised ‘to some extent’ for  remark in ‘Sunday Express’ article

John Junor of ‘Sunday Express’ admonished by British press council

The man, who is in his 60s, told Judge Miriam Walsh he had been married for 36 years and lived with his wife and two adult children

Judge who was recently assaulted hears 10 applications related to family incidents

New South Wales premier’s controversial remarks came after Irish courts refused to extradite Australian drug baron and murder suspect Robert Trimbole. Photograph: Alan Betson

State Papers 1985: Neville Wran spoke of ‘Irish joke’ after failed extradition process

In its first full year operating under new rules, the Supreme Court received 88 new applications for leave-to-appeal and dealt with 38 of the cases, rejecting 26.

New figures reveal court’s record during first full year of operation under new rules

The scene in Pollagh, Co Offaly, where a man in his 30s died on Sunday after his car was caught in floods. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Seven people have died on Irish roads since Christmas Eve, including two in the North

‘Steadfast commitment’ to peace praised by President Michael D Higgins

In 2014, one motorist failed to pay the M50 toll 437 times over a nine-month period, averaging 12 tolls a week. A criminal case was taken against him at the Dublin District Court. He was convicted and fined €15,000. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Of 42 vehicles seized in 2015 over half were bought back at value of fine plus seizure costs

A spokesman for Roscommon County Council said of the properties offered, 75 were identified between two “very tiny villages”, 32 in Ballintubber and 43 in Keadue, where there was “no demand whatsoever”. Photograph: PA

Properties deemed ineligible for reasons including size and poor construction standards

Some 176 unfinished housing  developments in the State are completely vacant. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Number of unfinished housing estates has dropped from 3,000 in 2010 to 668 this year

The Dolphin House courts building, which has five courtrooms, does not have scanning equipment at its entrance. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Reviw of security at Dublin District Family Court after attack on Judge Miriam Walsh

Woman told Judge Gerard Furlong she was married for nine years and her husband, “a recovered alcoholic who has started drinking again”, had raped her in the past

Domestic violence order granted after man threatened to get into bed with his wife

Homeowners are battling floods and snow on Saturday morning with warnings of more heavy rain over the weekend. (Left) Athlone residents  shore up the flood defences on the eastern side of the River Shannon. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times. (Right) Snow is seen on a car in Co Leitrim on Saturday morning. Photograph: CarrigBrewingCompany via Twitter

Alan Kelly says flooding on this scale ‘has never been seen before’

 The Dolphin House family court on East Essex Street, Dublin where the attack took place. Photograph: Collins.

Judge Miriam Walsh subjected to violent assault in Dublin courthouse

Ripped apart: getting two mediators involved – a man and a woman so that there cannot be a claim of gender bias – appears to greatly improve the family mediation process

WIT’s pilot Family Justice Mediation gets couples to agree in the short term, preventing much suffering

The youth’s social worker told the court that he  had suffered a “huge loss” and was “really struggling”, coping by “walking the streets at night”. Photograph: Getty Images

Vulnerable teenager lost his home through fire allegedly set by resident in care facility

The report said it was notable that the three young people who died whilst in care all died from suicide. Photograph: Thinkstock

Report finds 26 children died while known to protection services last year, a five-year high

A man has died in Cork University Hospital after being fatally injured in a workplace accident. Photograph: Google Street View

Injuries sustained while man in 50s was working at Bus Éireann garage

The family courts moved into the Chambers building in August, but it has only been fully operational since the beginning of October. Image: Google Streetview

Lawyers complain about privacy, waiting areas and disabled access in survey

 The woman said her husband took drugs “every now and then” and when he did, he  became aggressive. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

“When he’s good he’s very good, but when he’s bad, he’s bad,” wife tells judge

Protesters against divorce at a rally outside the Dáil where they prayed against its introduction in  1995. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland now has lowest divorce rate in EU as fear of surge in procedure proved unfounded

 More than 470,000 people in Ireland – one in 10 adults and one in five children – suffer from the chronic respiratory condition, the fourth-highest rate in the world.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Asthma Society seeks new air pollution laws as part of 2015 Clean Air Campaign

The sea wall  under construction opposite Bull Island nature sanctuary on the Clontarf Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Council seeking expert opinion on plans for flood defence wall in light of public concern

Brian Friel:  Lights ceremony to take place at Samuel J Friedman Theatre. Picture: Matt Kavanagh.

Memorial service for Irish playwright who died last month will be held in December

Haemoglobin-testing device ‘inaccurate’ resulting in hundreds of errors

People look at the facade of the Bataclan theatre after police reopened traffic on the Boulevard Voltaire in Paris, France. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Irish man injured in Paris attacks named as David Nolan from Co Cork

 Paul Murphy paid the tax last May in order to sell his apartment in Ballinteer. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD says he was ‘forced’ to pay, which was ‘deeply unfair’

The scene in the concert Hall at City Hall during the performance of Red Sun during the  Cork’s period as  City of Culture in 2005. Galway, Limerick and the Waterford Three Sisters bids have been “shortlisted” to proceed to the next stage of selection for European Capital of Culture 2020.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Galway, Limerick and southeast bids advance but Dublin eliminated from 2020 contest

More than €190 million in fraudulent social welfare overpayments have been recouped in the last four years, new figures provided by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton in response to a parliamentary question show. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Amount arises from some 96,000 overpayments over a four year period

Ms Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon: said she had a “severe doubt and concern” about psychiatric services at the secure care facility in the west of Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Concerns raised about psychiatric services

 Chief State Solicitor Eileen Creedon has said she will be seeking additional funding to cover extra expenditure on fees to barristers in 2015. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Additional funding of €2.5m needed partly due to activity in the Court of Appeal

Ruth Barrington, on behalf of Treoir, said birth mothers “sought and were guaranteed privacy”. “Their situation needs to be handled with the greatest sensitivity and balance,” she said. File photograph: iStockphoto

Prospect of telling families of giving up child for adoption ‘a source of great fear’ for some

Padraic Grennan of probate genealogist firm Finders International: ‘We have to be able to prove who is entitled and who is not.’   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There is no list of unclaimed estates in Ireland, whereas genealogists in the UK have a list to find next of kin

Michael D Higgins told an audience at the University of California, Berkeley, that an interdisciplinary study of Irish culture was key to international relations. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times/ File photograph

$40,000 from Ireland to set up programme, which will be ‘key’ for international relations

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, now 74 years old, is more than half way through his seven-year term, which began in November 2011. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In San Francisco speech, Higgins praises community’s response to Berkeley families

President  Michael D Higgins has voiced his support for the undocumented Irish in the US. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Higgins says there is ‘nothing more important’ than helping immigrants during visit

 President Michael D Higgins is seen  at the University of Washington where he delivered a keynote address, entitled, ‘Taking Responsibility for Climate Change: The Challenge to Science and Technology in new Circumstances’. Photograph:  Fennells

President tells US audience interest and commitment to politics needs to be restored

President Michael D  Higgins  meets students from Skyline High School  in Sammamish, Washington,  to  watch a game of Gaelic football, which is taught in Skyline’s physical education programme.   Photograph: Ted S Warren/AP

President Higgins says UN technology plans for developing world ‘modest at best’

President Michael D Higgins visited schools in Seattle where GAA games are on the curriculum. File photograph: Frank Miller

President Michael D Higgins praises Irish Americans in Seattle

Speaking at a visit to Microsoft, in Redmond, Seattle, President Michael D Higgins emphasised the importance of the company to contemporary Ireland. Photograph: PA

On visit to Microsoft Higgins emphasises importance of technology giant to Ireland

President Michael D Higgins highlighted the “significant connections” between Ireland and Seattle, including through University College Cork, University College Dublin and NUI Galway.

President visits Seattle on first part of eight day trip to American west coast

President Michael D Higgins will deliver two keynote speeches during the eight-day trip. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The President will also visit Seattle, San Francisco and Sacramento with wife Sabina

More than 20,000 people were in court for drink driving between January 2013 and May 2015. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Statistics contrast with 97 per cent conviction recorded in courts in England and Wales

Between January 2013 and May 2015, 20,830 drink-driver cases were listed before District Courts and there were 8,391 convictions, 40 per cent. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Analysis: Clampdown on Garda overtime negatively impacts number of convictions

Stenographers need to develop the ability to have a blank mind, to focus on the present and hear words coming in

Rarely noticed in tribunals, courts or arbitration hearings, stenographers play an often-vital part

Opening doors to Social Entrepreneurship: at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) Awards at the Mansion House were the three winners of the SEI Impact Awards with Darren Ryan, chief Executive at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland –  Tommy Breen, of DCC plc, Gary Doggett of Pro-Social Drivers Programme, Stephen Plunkett of U-Casadh and Irene Lowry of Nurture. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Three organisations to get €140,000 each as part of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland impact awards

 Times Square, New York. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Fraudsters are claiming they can increase odds of winning lottery for a fee, lawyer says

Garda Tony Golden: Described as a “credit to An Garda Síochána”. Photograph: PA

Authorities face questions over how Adrian Crevan Mackin had access to a handgun

 Legal practitioners say more judges and more  Garda resources are required to deal with delays in getting cases heard. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

The presumption of innocence is central to the Irish judicial system

The son told the judge he didn’t want to hit anyone or hurt anyone. Photograph: Getty Images

One father, in his 60s, limped into court with his arm in a sling and with cuts on his face

A date in January has been set for an appeal by former Anglo Irish Bank official, Tiarnan O’Mahoney, against his conviction for hiding accounts in July this year.  File photograph: Court Collins.

Bail application for ex-COO adjourned; Date set for Aoife Maguire to appeal sentence

Dublin District Family Court in Dublin. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Father begs judge for custody of his children during Family Court hearing

Bernard Daly was found guilty of giving false information to the Revenue Commissioners in November 2003. Photograph: Collins

Court told there were substantive grounds Bernard Daly would be successful on appeal

A juror in the 2012 trial of a Wexford couple, whom the defence team did not have a chance to challenge, could have created a “12 Angry Men” situation, the Court of Appeal has been told. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Eleanor Joel and Jonathan Costen appealing 2012 unlawful killing by neglect verdict

When a person in Ireland dies without a will, their estate is divided among family members on the basis of rules laid down in the Succession Act 1965

Proposal to publish unclaimed Irish estates list under consideration, says department

More than a dozen language schools have closed in the past year, including the Leinster College language school on Harcourt Street. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Almost 98,000 students from 80 countries studied English in Ireland last year

Tom Butler, professor in business information systems at University College Cork, told the Féilte conference at the RDS the negative effects of information and communications technology use include sleep deprivation, distraction and multi-tasking, all of which directly impact on learning. Photograph: iStockphoto

Féilte conference at RDS hears traditional paper-based learning beats technology

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