The HSE assessments are an important gateway for accessing services for children. Photograph: Istock

Under the Disability Act 2005, an assessment must be commenced within three months of an application being received

One of the man’s daughters alleged she bore a child by him and other grandchildren of his were the children of her sisters.

Separate refusals by two District Court judges to grant legal costs were challenged

The site of the proposed €850m Apple data centre at Athenry, Co Galway, which has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.  Mr Justice Paul McDermott has set the date of October 25th to hear objectors’ applications for leave to appeal the decision

Judge will hear application for appeal of Athenry planning approval next week

The site of the proposed €850 million Apple Data Centre  at Athenry, Co Galway. Mr Justice Paul McDermott rejected two judicial review challenges to An Bord Pleanála’s permission for the planned data hall

Hearing on objections to Athenry centre moved to Tuesday due to Hurricane Ophelia

The State has yet to indicate if it will appeal Mr Justice Michael White’s significant decision that slopping out breached former prisoner Gary Simpson’s right to privacy and to dignity

A further 1,200 cases to follow over practice of prisoners emptying their in-cell latrines

The judge found janitor  Richard Steer had failed to bring his back problems to the attention of his employer.

Richard Steer never refused overtime and once worked 19 twelve-hour shifts in a row

Anne Marie Fagan leaving the Four Courts on Thursday after the opening day of a High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

Anne Marie Fagan told High Court her whole life changed after 2009 fall in Crumlin

Businessman Denis O’Brien has lost his appeal in the Red Flag case. Red Flag denies defamation or conspiracy or that Mr O’Brien suffered harm or loss from the dossier. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Businessman sought access to documents that might have disclosed identity of client

Dismissing  an appeal against an eviction, Mr Justice Max Barrett said  the landlords involved wanted the   dwelling for occupation by a family member, the courts were rightly bound by law and that elected “sensible” lawmakers have decided this was a good basis on which to evict a sitting tenant. File photograph: iStockPhoto

High Court judge dismisses appeal aimed at barring lawful eviction from rented dwelling

Bruce Antoniotti SC told Mr Justice Kevin Cross that, in the days before the birth of Shannon O’Farrell-Molloy, everything was normal. The claim involved alleged failure to monitor the foetal heartbeat between 8am and 9.10am that morning. File photograph: Getty Images

Claim involves alleged failure to monitor foetal heartbeat for period on day of birth

The project is expected to be the single biggest private-sector investment in Connacht.

High Court judge dismisses objections to planning permission for facility

There is no basis to detain a sentient human being who, for their own reasons, refuses treatment even if others consider their refusal ‘stupid or unsafe’, Mr Justice Peter Kelly said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Psychiatrists disagree over whether man with brain injury should be detained in hospital

Michael Lowry: Last year, the High Court dismissed his challenge to the costs decision after finding he  engaged in “a litany of falsification and deception”. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Independent TD claims he was treated differently to Charles Haughey

Facebook is  considering seeking an appeal against the Irish court’s decision to ask the ECJ to determine issues in the data commissioner’s case. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Lawyers for commissioner, Facebook and Schrems will try to agree on questions

Denis O’Brien leaving the Four Courts in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Businessman’s case to run in tandem with Angela Kerins action over treatment by PAC

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on an appeal by the Garda Representative Association  arising from a Government decision to halve the paid sick leave entitlements of all public servants from March 2014. File photograph: Getty Images

Supreme Court reserves judgment on GRA appeal over halving of sick leave entitlements

TD Mick Wallace:  a High Court judge has ruled certain documents sought by him and his son to defend a fund’s application for disqualification orders against them under the Companies Act are either unnecessary or irrelevant. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge rules documents sought by TD in case against disqualification orders are irrelevant

The O’Flynn company previously got permission from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the development, subject to 45 conditions, aspects of that permission was appealed to Bord Pleanála  by the company itself and some local residents.

Bord Pleanála refused permission for 34 houses and a roadway in south Co Dublin

An Post must pay damages to a former postal worker over its failure as her employer to tackle bullying and harassment by her colleagues, a High Court judge has ruled. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Catherine Hurley left to ‘ride out the storm’ by employer after complaint about colleague

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he was sympathetic to the girl’s request but the medical evidence was that her situation remained serious.

Teenager, whose weight fell as low as 35kg, told judge visit would help ‘to motivate me’

Prof Conor Gearty said  the British push for Brexit was “heading catastrophically over a cliff”. Photograph: Getty Images

There will be a hard Brexit because there is ‘no functioning British government’

The Square, Tallaght: the southwest Dublin shopping destination, which was Ireland’s first large shopping centre, sits on 27 acres.

Dunnes Stores had appealed decision in favour of the owners and operators who want to build extension

Stained glass windows commissioned for the House of Prayer in Achill. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Court hears claim €200,000 was paid to priest acting as agent for House of Prayer

Judge said the evidence did not support his claim that the sisters deliberately delayed making their complaints to ensure their mother would never be able to give evidence. Photograph: iStock

Women claim family friend assaulted them when they were aged between nine and 13

Ann Marie Ryan was dismissed by UPC, now Virgin Media Ireland Ltd, on grounds of serious misconduct over the alleged breach of company policy in email usage.

UPC terminated employment of Ann Marie Ryan on grounds of serious misconduct

Personal Insolvency Practitioners – not debtors – must seek court reviews of rejected insolvency arrangements, a judge has ruled. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

High Court judge’s ruling has implications for hundreds of cases

Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Issues arising from workers’ treatment have ‘a distinctly Victorian feel’ to them, says judge

A homeless family of seven who have mostly been living in one hotel bedroom since February have settled their High Court action after being ‘satisfactorily housed’.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Couple and five children lived in 10 temporary accommodations in four years

The State wants the Court of Appeal to overturn its decision allowing one ground of Ian Bailey’s appeal.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Cork resident sought damages over Garda inquiry into Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder

The woman is a ward of court and it is an offence, under the relevant legislation, to have intercourse with a person whom the Act describes as “feeble-minded”, Mr Justice Peter Kelly  said.

Man had smashed phone and laptop, barricaded her in bedroom, High Court told

Max Schrems case may have huge implications for EU data privacy rights, says judge

Ryanair sought court orders that the defendants make further and better discovery of certain documents it needs for its action. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Dispatches, shown in 2013, dealt with Ryanair’s fuel policy, pilots and passenger safety

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘We need unequivocally to reject a culture of violence: the violence of criminal drug gangs, the exploitation by gangland criminals of fragile young peope who have fallen victim to their business of death.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Religious services held in Dublin to mark beginning of new legal year

Catherine Nevin (centre). File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Catherine Nevin, Michael Lowry, Ian Bailey and the ‘unborn’ all face upcoming hearings

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon wants a ruling on the validity of the European Commission’s decisions approving standard contractual clauses before finalising her decision on Max Schrems’s complaint. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Judge urged to ask EU court to decide on validity of transfers such as those in Schrems action

An out-of-court scheme would be significantly less costly than having the estimated total 1,200 cases individually litigated. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The High Court ruled this week the practice breached an ex-prisoner’s right to privacy

The judge found Mountjoy Prison management and staff were ‘conscious of the undesirability of the regime they had to enforce’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The judgment is a serious criticism of prison authorities and will affect hundreds of cases

The slopping out regime was condemned in 1993 by the European Committee on the Prevention of Torture. Photograph: David Sleator

Judge opts not to award damages to Gary Simpson as some claims ‘grossly exaggerated’

There was no in-cell sanitation and no running water but basins and other receptacles were provided for prisoners  to urinate and defecate into and for washing, the court heard.

Court to rule whether State liable after man claims rights violated by lack of cell sanitation

Daughter of Don Cockburn Evelyn Cockburn (wearing red scarf) during the funeral of former RTÉ newsreader Don Cockburn at the Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ex-RTÉ anchor was a deeply religious man who loved his family, community, radio and poetry, mourners hear

KBC rejected a proposed personal insolvency arrangement sought by a couple with three young children.

Judge finds couple cannot represent themselves after KBC rejects their debt deal

Trinity College Dublin has climbed several places in the Times Higher Education world university rankings for 2018. Photograph: iStock

Brexit offers ‘opportunities’ for Irish universities but funding increases are necessary

The organisation caring for the man is concerned about his apparent lack of discernment in his use of internet sites, evidenced by his use of a site used by teenagers, an escort services site and one used by gay men.

Ward of court, in his 30s, fixated on finding a partner but carers fear he lacks discernment

Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the most that was admitted by the plaintiffs was that some of the men knew each other “to see”

High Court rejects appeal of Circuit Court decision awarding sums to seven men

Phased dispensing is used to prevent excessive or incorrect dosing by the patient.  Photograph: PA Wire

HSE currently taking its own case over pharmacy’s alleged non-compliance with rules

A judge has decided ‘with greate to allow a disabled woman to remain in conditions of ‘squalor and chaos’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

High Court decision made with great reluctance says judge

A woman who was attacked by two boxer dogs has been awarded more than €234,000 in damages. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Dogs repeatedly bit the woman and knocked her down during the incident on a rural road

Independent TD Mick Wallace. Photograph: Collins Courts

Proceedings against TD and his son relate to their stewardship of MJ Wallace Ltd

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, giving the court’s judgment, held the report amounted to information “on” an economic analysis or analyses used in the framework of a measure – the National Broadband Plan – which itself affected, or was likely to affect, the environment.

Court of Appeal rejects view report does not contain ‘environmental information’

Stephen Minch had originally challenged a December 2014 refusal to release the broadband report. Photograph: iStock

Stephen Minch wanted to access report on roll-out of high-speed broadband

Chief Justice Susan Denham pictured in 1996 presenting a report on legislative reform to the then government,  and earlier this week presenting the annual report of the Courts Service. Photographs: Pat Langan Garreth Chaney Collins

First woman to hold State’s highest judicial office Susan Denham retires after 25 years

 Susan Denham who had last formal sitting in the Supreme Court on Friday as Chief Justice. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

Successive governments have failed to set up Judicial Council, Susan Denham notes

Martin McDonagh: the Sligo man’s libel case against the ‘Sunday World’ newspaper has been running for 17 years, said his counsel, Declan Doyle SC. Photograph: Collins Courts

Supreme Court was about to rule €900,000 award to Martin McDonagh was ‘excessive’

Margaret Browne’s son Darren died 20 minutes after birth in 1998

A rapist  wins his  challenge to the constitutionality of a law stopping the payment of the  contributory old age pension to people from the date of their imprisonment. Photograph: David Sleator

Man (76) in jail for sexually assaulting family member says he cannot afford tuck, clothes

Ian Bailey leaving the Four Courts on Wednesday after the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court of Appeal upholds High Court dismissal of Bailey’s claim of garda conspiracy

 Liquidation of FCR Media Ltd would mean a €8.9 million deficit of liabilities over assets, the High Court was told. Photograph: iStock

Firm’s owner says 2018-2019 may be appropriate time to cease directory publication

Ian Bailey arriving at the Cour of Appeal in the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Decision paves way for a possible fresh trial on issue of disclosure of information by gardaí

A secondary school has won a High Court order quashing a direction requiring it to enrol a student.

Family moved boy to ‘feeder’ school after talks with now ex- principal of secondary facility

 Mr Justice Brian McGovern said, because Ben Gilroy (above) admitted criminal contempt and had apologised and consented to a community service order, the court considered such an order, subject to a suitable report from a probation officer, the appropriate punishment instead of three months imprisonment.  File photograph: Alan Betson

High Court judge said it will be imposed for admitted criminal contempt subject to report from probation officer

Fianna Fáil activist Brian Mohan. File photograph: Courts Collins.

Brian Mohan says party being ‘coerced’ and would be unable to function if State funding halved

When the case returned to court for review on Monday, Mr Justice Kelly was told there were issues with whether the HSE, which has funded some overnight stays for the parents, would continue to do so.

Son getting treatment in UK as no specialist unit here to address his type of anorexia

Paris Bakery: staff outside the Dublin bakery and restaurant after it closed, in May 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Dublin bakery and restaurant owed money to staff, suppliers and Revenue

A number of settlements have been increased following the Court of Appeal’s “Russell” judgement.

Isabelle Sheehan’s award believed to be highest ever for plaintfiff in such a case

The Oliver Plunkett pub in Cork which has successfully appealed an award of €75,000 to a woman who lost the tip of her finger in a door. Photograph: The Oliver Plunkett

Saundra O’Flynn had sued Oliver Plunkett pub in Cork after finger tip severed in door

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said on RTÉ’s ‘Prime Time’ that Independent TD Mick Wallace was allegedly cautioned by gardaí for using a mobile phone while driving

Comments not in breach of data protection laws as information not recorded, counsel claims

Angela Neiland holds  an image of her son Tristan while speaking to the media outside the Four Courts. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Parents of boy (6) who died in care settle damages case against Dún Laoghaire centre

Martin McDonagh, who is engaged in  a legal battle with  the ‘Sunday World’  over a story which referred to him as a ‘Traveller drug king’. Photograph: Collins Courts

‘Sunday World’ uses accruals as argument for retrial in ‘Traveller drug king’ libel case

Seán Dunne, adjudicated bankrupt here in July  2013, was due to exit bankruptcy in July 2016 but cannot pending the hearing of the application by Chris Lehane to extend it by the maximum five years permissible

Bankrupt former developer seeks to question official assignee Chris Lehane

An Bord Pleanála’s approval of a Wexford wind farm was quashed by the High Court. Photograph:  PA

An Bord Pleanála had approved development of three wind turbines and substation

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Case referred by High Court to the European Union’s Court of Justice for consideration

The judge made directions for exchange of legal documents and returned the jurisdictional motion and injunction matter to next week.

Beneficaries of trust in dispute over sale of Kilkenny estate set on 513 acres

North-south electricity interconnector: An Bord Pleanála had given EirGrid permission to build almost 300 pylons in Cos Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Landowners claim at start of legal challenge they were ‘excluded’ from planning process

Grace was left in the care of a foster family in the south-east for 20 years despite physical abuse, neglect and possible sexual abuse

Health Minister must devise ‘administrative solution’ to problem, court hears

Judge Peter Kelly said this was ‘yet another case where a solicitor had failed to observe that client funds are precisely that’. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Michael H O’Neill had practised as a sole practitioner in Naas, Co Kildare

The grandmother said she gave up her job and moved from Dublin to the country with the children.

Woman says her daughter is involved in ‘dysfunctional and abusive’ relationship

Diane Byrne who was nine years in the Defence Forces, has since taken up employment as an engineer with Bord Gáis. File photograph: The Irish Times

Capt Diane Byrne was on leave while interviews for commandant were held

File photograph: iStock

Driver claimed he lost control of car because of loose chippings on Tipperary road

The 2004 free movement directive, implemented here in 2006, provides for permanent residency for EU citizens and their family members in a member state where they have lived legally for five years.

Court rules while Nigerian man ‘injured’ by State’s error he was not entitled to damages

A Dublin man has won a Supreme Court appeal over his conviction for burglary involving assault. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Alan Wilson charged with different offence to the one he was questioned over, judges find

An investment fund has obtained summary judgment orders totalling almost €8 million against a former head of business banking at AIB in Eyre Square, Galway, his wife and a former Anglo Irish Bank executive director.

Judge refuses to stay orders arising from property and development loans

Leopardstown Club Limited appealed to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court decision in a row with a sports club

Court hears mediation agreement with businessman Philip Smyth cannot be rescinded

Judge said the cases of Annino and Corrado Forte appeared to involve ‘some element of tax evasion’

An Bord Pleanála  clearly understood there was an issue whether having a fast-food restaurant close to a school was counter-productive in terms of encouraging healthy eating by pupils, the judge found.

Permission for fast food restaurant near three schools allowed but firm has ‘lost interest’

The evidence is that a  woman with anorexia nervosa is stable but critical, is still being tube-fed, has no interest in ordinary food and no insight into the seriousness of her condition, Mr Justice Peter Kelly said. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Orders for detention of woman refusing consent for treatment are continued

“Clients have to be able to trust their solicitors to the ends of the earth. There cannot be question marks over their probity and honesty in relation to how they conduct their practice,” said Mr Justice Peter Kelly at the  Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Law Society granted declaration Daniel Downes not fit person to be in profession

Teresa Patterson, mother of Jamie Patterson, leaving the High Court in Dublin, last year. File photograph: Collins Courts

Boy to get additional €3.5 million after court decision affecting interest rates on awards

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman declared bankrupt in 2010 with debts of €147m

 Robbie Sinnott, a member of the Blind Legal Alliance, complained he was effectively being deprived of his right to a secret ballot because he must ask a polling station presiding officer to complete his ballot paper. File photograph: David Sleator

Father of two complained he must ask polling station officer to complete his ballot

The court urged lawyers should be “careful” about bringing cases with “no prospect of success”.

Man’s claim gardaí had no power to stop and arrest him while driving defied logic

A jury has found that a man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia should be placed under the protection of the High Court. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jury says man with schizophrenia should be placed under protection of the High Court

The family, represented by Cormac Ó Dúlacháin SC, instructed by solicitor David Joyce, claimed the hotel was not an “adequate home” and failed to meet the council’s responsibilities under the Housing Acts.

Unemployed couple and five children have had 10 temporary abodes in last four years

The judge ruled the Circuit Court correctly found the valuation was not a relevant and binding valuation for the purpose of the debt resolution process as it was not achieved in accordance with section 105.  Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Lender Start Mortgages rejected €180,000 valuation of the woman’s Co Offaly home

A vulnerable intellectually disabled young woman must remain inappropriately detained in an acute psychiatric unit. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Intellectually disabled woman traumatised after leaving care to live with man in traveller camp

The Department of Social Protection denies the women’s claims

Court hears woman had to leave her Clondalkin accommodation due to delay

The boy admitted smoking the joint while “mitching” in an area used by the public and close to the school but out of bounds to pupils.

Pupil, expelled last year aged 14, has been unable to find a school to sit his Junior Cert

 Alan and Emma Nolan from Gorey, Co Wexford, at the Four Courts. It was claimed Mrs Nolan was a secondary victim as a result of witnessing her husband’s pain  and she suffered nervous shock.  Photograph:  Collins Courts

Court hears Wexford woman was a second victim by witnessing her husband’s pain

Barrister Seán Guerin (left) has asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal against Alan Shatter’s successful challenge to sections of his report on the  handling of Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe’s complaints.

Barrister opposing Court of Appeal ruling that review put ex-minister’s rights in jeopardy

The High Court was previously told Elaine Lennon would have been fine had a CT scan of her brain  been carried out in time. Photograph: Collins

Opera singer Elaine Lennon suffered severe injuries due to failures to properly diagnose headaches

Saverio Bellante (38) was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the killing of Tom O’Gorman (39) at his address in Castleknock, Dublin, in January 2014.

Saverio Bellante was taken off anti-psychotic medication three days before death of Tom O’Gorman

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