The secretary of the Association of Judges of Ireland, Mr Justice John Edwards, said changes should not be rushed. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

High Court judge criticises Cabinet decision to halt appointments until new law passed

Michael D Higgins cuts a tape to launch the Picture Palace cinema at Lower Merchants Road in Galway in July 2009. Included in the photograph is Lelia Doolan. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Project founder Lelia Doolin says aim was to create “civic facility” for people of Galway

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Collins

15-member jury empanelled for case which could last up to three months

Another proposed law would also focus on the posting of intimate images or video online and target what the commission says is a new form of voyeurism. Photograph: Getty Images

Commissioner could direct social media sites to comply and take down harmful material

Groupchats were identified as an area where bullying could occur. Photograph: Getty Images

Commission notes Cyberbullying, catfishing, hate speech and pornography in document

Former Chairman of Anglo Irish bank, Sean FitzPatrick, arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

FitzPatrick charged with misleading auditors in relation to multi-million euro loans

A judicial council could investigate complaints against judges, and make recommendations ranging from seeking an apology to impeachment, while maintaining the constitutionally guaranteed independence of the judiciary. File photograph: Getty Images

Concept of body to look into concerns over the judiciary has been mooted for 20 years

In a statement issued to mark the beginning of the new legal year, Chief Justice Susan Denham said there was “a distinct loss of momentum” on the issue of setting up a judicial council. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Susan Denham: Failure to create body affects judiciary’s relations with Cabinet

The island of Canouan in the Caribbean.

Bahamas Leaks: Businessman is connected to same island as Dermot Desmond project

Businessman’s associates are acting as directors of six companies in tax haven

Shell E & P Ireland Offshore Inc, a company with an address in Nassau, has had a number of Irish directors over the years, starting in 2000. The company is associated with the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo. Photograph:  Shell E&P Ireland Limited

Shell E&P Ireland Offshore Inc associated with Corrib gas project

Neelie Kroes: it is ironic that the former competition commissioner with the European Commission is one of the names that emerged from the ICIJ’s perusal of the Bahamas registry

‘Secrecy jurisdictions’ are a magnet for people and firms that want to hide what they are up to for whatever reason

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Frank Daly and Alan Dukes among witnesses to give evidence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Some Opposition parties have called on the Government to pay back Irish Water customers if water charges, which are currently suspended, are abolished

Giving back the €162m already paid to Irish Water by customers fraught with difficulty

The application was brought by Jaafar Al Hasabi, who says he was tortured while in detention in Bahrain. Photograph: PA

Jaafar Al Hasabi claims official extended detention despite knowing he faced torture

 Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus: said  her office is independent of Government and of the investigators, whether they be the Garda or the various regulatory agencies.

DPP says breaches of ethical standards and human rights risk derailing prosecuctions

Michael Noonan: the report is due to be published on Wednesday after the Minister  has briefed his Cabinet colleagues. PhotographFilip S/EPAinger

Michael Noonan to publish study as claims fuel cross-party call for inquiry

Last week it was reported that Denmark had paid approximately €1.3m for access to files concerning up to 600 Danes.

Several tax authorities approached by source with access to key details on data

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Labour Party have all called for a commission of inquiry into the sale by the National Assets Management Agency  of its property portfolio in Northern Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ reports C&AG fears Nama may have lost ‘hundreds of millions’ in asset sale

The cost of car insurance is said to have increased by 70 per cent over the past three years. Photograph:  Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images

If the State wants to reform the sector, it needs to start gathering some basic data

Denis Casey, the former head of Irish Life and Permanent (ILP), and Willie McAteer and John Bowe, both former Anglo executives, were found guilty of conspiring to make Anglo’s books look €7.2 billion healthier than they actually were. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Denis Casey, Willie McAteer, John Bowe were found guilty of distorting Anglo results

The judiciary contemplated  suing the government over cuts to judges’ pay during the financial crisis. File photograph: Getty Images

Mid-financial crisis move would have led to rift between executive and judiciary

Liam Herrick, an adviser to President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

President’s adviser and former director of Irish Penal Reform Trust to take role in November

Former Supreme Court judge Adrian Hardiman who died in March. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Late Supreme Court judge made intentions known before 2011 vote, book reveals

Eamonn O’Dea of the Revenue Commissioners said that interest would be charged on the tax collected from Apple and that the final figure could be as high as €19 billion. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ireland should ‘object’ to European Commission putting all blame on Ireland

 Chef Kevin Thornton plans to focus on cooking masterclasses from his Rathmines home and is developing a high-end corporate and wedding catering enterprise. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Chef widely regarded as one of country’s best makes ‘sad decision’ to shut business in October

The year-on-year increase for children was 70 per cent, with 2,348 children in emergency accommodation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

July figures mark first time more than 6,500 people in emergency accommodation

Residents at the Oberstown Detention Campus in Lusk, Co Dublin, who climbed up on to the roof of one of the buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inmates had climbed roof in protest after being locked in rooms during staff dispute

Hearses leaves the scene at Oakdene, Barconey, Ballyjamesduff in Cavan, where a family of five were found dead in their countryside home on Monday Photograph:  Philip Fitzpatrick/PA

A timeline of recent tragic cases in Ireland that involved murder-suicide

Fianna Fáils Darragh O’Brien. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy denies ‘knee jerk’ reaction by party following UK referendum

A man holds up Olympics tickets to sell in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The OCI’s executive committee played no role in appointing the council’s authorised ticket reseller for the Rio Games, a review has found. File photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Committee played no role in the engaging of Pro10 for Rio Olympics, study shows

Pat Hickey of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Correspondence between the two appears to contradict claims made by OCI president

Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Flanagan says Government cannot interfere in legal process

Journalists crowd around Rio police commissioner Aloysio Falcão (grey blazer, at centre) and a display of items related to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ticketing investigation  at the Civil Police Fraud Unit,  Rio de Janeiro, August 17th, 2016. File photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Aloysio Falcão: Police did not authorise filming but were not in position to prevent it

The secretary general of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI), Dermot Henihan, arrives at a police station to be questioned over  matters of  Olympics ticketing  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Members must treat information on other personnel as ‘strictly confidential’

Rio 2016 Olympics tickets: Liam Treacy, whose daughter Sarah ran in the 3,000m steeplechase final, wasn’t able to get tickets for that event when he tried to buy them from the Irish system earlier this year, but was later able to buy them from a Brazialian website, in a very straightforward manner. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Colm Keena lists questions over the Olympic tickets saga that a lot of folk want answers to

President of the District Court Judge Rosemary Horgan said people are finding that they cannot really afford to pursue a separation or  divorce and are staying together in “very strained and difficult circumstances”.

People living in ‘strained circumstances’ cannot afford to split, says District Court chief

In his February ruling, the judge described the transactions as “classic back-to-back transactions, done for public optics only,” and said there was ample evidence that they were “totally illegal and fraudulent”.

All of the convicted men were senior, experienced executives so not to have jailed them would have sent out a peculiar message

Former High Court judge Barry White, outside the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

High Court decision allows former judge Barry White (71) to return to work as a lawyer

A woman whose family home was repossessed by a bank when she was a girl now faces the prospect of having the home she lives in with her child repossessed by the EBS. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Woman’s estranged husband is trying to make her homeless, registrar hears

A High Court judgment next month will affect how the State deals with non-EU foreign nationals asserting a  right to come here on the basis they are married to EU citizens resident elsewhere in the EU

State concerned over potentially fraudulent visa applications and use as back door to UK

Abuse of authority and neglect of duty were the two most common reasons for complaints to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) last year.

Two thirds of cases related to abuse of authority or neglect of duty, Gsoc report says

The former site of Clerys department store on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Deirdre Foley and her company D2 Private are contesting the seizure of material

Deirdre Foley was a  was a key promoter in the purchase of the Clerys group in June 2015 in a transaction that included the building on O’Connell Street, Dublin, and department store business. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Store buyer Deirdre Foley rejects suggestions of improper dealings with liquidator

Figures from Courts Service show 9 per cent increase in divorce applications last year

Of the almost 700,000 criminal, civil and family law matters, more than 436,471 related to crime

Number of divorces, bankruptcies and debt settlements rose in 2015, annual report shows

Colm O’Gorman: “International law prohibits Ireland from returning anyone to a country where they would be at real risk of torture or other serious human rights violations”

Man was taken from Cloverhill Prison and deported from Dublin Airport that evening

Morans on the Weir. Summary judgment orders for €6.78 million were granted  against William and Sheila Moran, of Morans on the Weir, Co Galway, and Oranmore, Co Galway businessman Donall Dooley, arising from the purchase of a shopping centre and two supermarkets in Riga, Latvia, in 2006.

Case brought by Donall Dooley against Nama struck out by consent

The Border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, in Co Donegal. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The UK is unlikely to impose Border controls following vote to leave the EU, professor says

 Attorney General Máire Whelan: the Attorney General’s role has been changing since the 1980s and now involves political skills as well as legal nous. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Attorney General’s role appears to be becoming increasingly politicised

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken into custody hours after the High Court refused on Monday to allow him bring his case to the Court of Appeal. File photograph: Collins Courts

Lawyers of man accused of being Islamic State’s main recruiter here attempt to stop process

In the wake of the Console controversy the Tánaiste has signed an order that will bring some powers of the Charities Regulator into effect months ahead of schedule. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

In wake of Console issues, watchdog looks at system to spot risk signals in information filed

Westminster:  Sovereignty is the right of a governing body to govern itself without interference from outside forces, and no doubt there are choices the UK can now make that no one can stop it making

Leaving the EU will involve a serious loss of control for the UK over its own affairs

Central Bank: the EU regulation means  the  Bank becomes the single supervisory authority for all companies traded on markets in Ireland and not just for companies on the main market. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Bank takes on greater role in the regulation of market abuse, in EU-wide changes

Chairman and chief executive Brian McDonnell said US Oil & Gas was currently seeking a new market to trade its shares on

Company chief executive says firm has not as yet addressed the cost of drilling

French TV journalist Edouard Perrin, who was the first to report on the leaked PwC documents in the Luxleaks controversy, was acquitted of all charges.

French TV journalist Edouard Perrin acquitted of all charges

The commission says the law remains unclear in relation to journalists who refuse to comply with a court order to disclose their sources

Law Reform Commission has published a consultative paper on contempt of court

Former legal adviser to the Stormont government Brian Doherty said important elements of the Northern Ireland settlement will go if the UK leaves the EU

UK leaving EU would see ‘substantial removal’ of provisions on human rights

The outcome of the EU membership referendum in Britain should not have negative consequences for the uniformity of human rights standards across the island of Ireland,  chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Emily Logan has said. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Decision should not have negative outcome for uniformity of standards across island

The departure of the UK from the EU would have a particularly severe effect on the UK’s financial services sector, the seminar on Brexit was told.

What jurisdiction’s laws should apply to contracts is an immediate issue

A currency exchange board offering to buy euros is pictured at the side of the road on the  Border between the Republic and the North in Donegal. A customs and VAT border between the Republic and Northern Ireland will be introduced as a result of Brexit. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Britain can expect to have to follow EU procedures but to have no influence

Any new relationship agreement concluded between the EU and the UK will have to get the consent of the European Parliament. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Any new EU deal will need consent of the European Parliament and European Council

The holders the EU presidency are expected to drive the EU’s reform agenda while holding the role. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

There is no law that allows a member state to relinquish its role in taking on EU presidency

Mark Kelly is to step down as executive director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

Human rights lawyer to spend more time on role at EU prevention of torture committee

“The consensus appears to be that implementation of a national pay-by-weight system will have significant benefits for most customers, and be of benefit to the environment.” File photograph: Getty Images

Water charges are parked pending a review - the bin charges move is something similar

Competition for the market rather than competition within the market is the favoured model across the EU, in order to prevent monopolistic-type behaviour by waste collection companies.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Government’s threat to cap waste charges shows collection system is not working

Fee cuts were introduced  for barristers working for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Legal Aid scheme run by the Department of Justice

The law of the Library: ‘We don’t compete on price. We compete on being available’

Two 8 per cent cuts were imposed in 2009 and 2010, and a  further 10 per cent was cut in 2011

Department says effects on budgets of Legal Aid scheme and DPP must be considered

Denis Casey: former chief executive of ILP. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Despite the costs of the recent Anglo trial, society has no choice but to prosecute such cases

The longest trial in Irish criminal history centred on a €7.2 billion transaction between Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Life & Permanent. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Any serious errors in the investigation could have caused major complications

Former Irish Life and Permanent chief executive Denis Casey leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Denis Casey found guilty after longest criminal trial in Irish legal history

Judge Martin, in his February ruling, said he found Casey’s testimony to be believable and that in his view Central Bank governor John Hurley (above) and the Financial Regulator, Pat Neary, were very ‘hands on’ in relation to the ‘green jersey’ agenda. The two men ‘knew exactly what they were up to’ and exactly what the problem was.

Judge ruled it would not be right or practical to try to stop the jury hearing about the issue in the course of other testimony

Former ILP group chief executive, Denis Casey, had pleaded not guilty. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Former ILP chief last of four defendants to learn verdict in long-running trial

Denis Casey, former chief executive of Irish Life & Permanent. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish TImes

Verdict on three of the four defendants already reached

Former Irish Life and Permanent chief executive Denis Casey. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

Trial concerns circular transactions totalling €7.2 billion in value between Anglo and ILP

Former director of finance at Irish Life and Permanent, Peter Fitzpatrick (63) from Malahide, Dublin, seen leaving court on Friday after been found not guilty of conspiracy. Photograph: Collins

Jury will return on Tuesday to deliberate on fourth accused, former ILP chief executive Denis Casey

The former ILP executives have said they did not know how Anglo would treat  certain financial transactions entered into with Anglo in 2008. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Two former Anglo executives found guilty on Wednesday

 Anglo Irish Bank’s former HQ on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

McAteer and Bowe’s actions aimed to boost bank’s balance sheet

John Bowe (left), former head of captial markets at Anglo Irish Bank and Willie McAteer, the bank’s former director of finance, have been guilty of conspiracy.

Jury still deliberating in case of IL&P’s Peter Fitzpatrick and Denis Casey

 Peter Fitzpatrick,  former director of finance of Irish Life and Permanent.

Jury misses three days due to illness of member

Anglo trial hears jury is making progress following deliberations. Photograph: Irish Times

Jury ‘making progress’ court hears but had deliberated for almost 24 hours by the end of last week

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan:  “Having regard to the nature and seriousness of the allegations, and the duty to assist the Commission in its task of establishing the facts and truth, I cannot see how it would be in any way unreasonable, improper or avoidable to appropriately test and cross-examine the evidence of all persons giving evidence to the Commission, including Sergeant McCabe.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Distinction between terms is implicit in statement from Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

Some young Ireland fans have been charged  as much as €3 for cover on a €10 ticket for tonight’s friendly against the Netherlands. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Allianz offers phone line advice on policy bought ‘in error’

Image: Istock

Judge hears one juror in case is unwell

The jury began hearing evidence in January in what is understood to be the longest trial in the history of the State

Deliberations to resume on Tuesday in trial of four bankers

Seán Quinn: A source close to unfolding events believes Seán Quinn is left with little beyond anger. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Any chance of family involvement in business again required Seán Quinn snr’s exit

Seán Quinn: the local team and the US investors were against suggestions from him which would, in the management’s view, have damaged the business but played into his ambition to reassert ownership and control. Photograph: John McVitty

Relationship between Quinn and senior management at former Quinn manufacturing facilities had broken down badly

The free-to-access Benefacts website, which carries information on bodies including charities, schools, sports clubs, museums and religious groups, has been developed over  three years at a cost of €4 million. Photograph: Benefacts website

Free-to-access website on civil society bodies aims to provide one-stop-shop for core data

Four men are alleged to have been  involved in setting up a scheme of circular €1 billion transactions where Anglo Irish Bank lent money to ILP and ILP sent the money back, via their assurance firm Irish Life Assurance, to Anglo. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Four alleged to have set up €7.2bn scheme to bolster Anglo Irish Bank’s balance sheet

Where next? Institute of Guidance Counsellors says equality of access to guidance counselling is essential. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Institute says there is a socio-economic hierarchy to the provision of hours

 Larry Goodman of the Goodman Group: the Goodman side is saying that there has been no change in the control of the Goodman group since the agreement was signed

The Goodman Group rejects claim control of its Blackrock Clinic share changed

Denis O Brien: Initiated 12 legal cases against media organisations relating to coverage of his affairs and four against the Revenue. Photograph: David Sleator

Case taken against former TD one of several High Court proceedings taken since 2010

 Michael Lowry: TD already facing multi-million euro legal costs, and a pending criminal trial. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent TD must pay his own costs for hearings over 1995 mobile licence

 Larry Goodman said his group was headquartered in Ireland, tax compliant everywhere it operated, and paid an effective corporation tax rate in excess of the 12.5 per cent Irish rate. Photograph: Alan Betson

Case involves shareholders fighting for control of the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin

British prime minister David Cameron: the Panama Papers revelations put pressure on him because of his late father Ian Cameron’s use of an offshore company. Photograph:  Leon Neal/Pool

Irish experts among 300 who signed Oxfam letter ahead of anti-corruption London summit

Padraig Harrington: ‘All monies I invested and received from [the fund]were tax compliant’. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Three-time Major winning golfer appears in leaked files from Mossack Fonseca law firm

Mossack Fonseca’s offices in Panama City: tax authorities around the globe are anxious to get their hands on the Panama Papers data. Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

The person who leaked the papers says growing inequality caused by ‘massive, pervasive corruption’

Revenue says has sought access to papers of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca

In the leaked Mossack Fonseca files: golfer Pádraig Harrington, former U2 manager Paul McGuinness, accountant Aidan Phelan, businessman Oisin O’Buachalla, Irish biofuel businessman Bart Bonsall and developer Seán Mulryan

Builders, sportsmen, bankers, solicitors, accountants listed in leaked files

Law firm Mossack Fonseca in Panama City, which specialises in setting up offshore companies, is at the center of the Panama Papers controversy. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Source of 11.5 million leaked documents believes ‘thousands of prosecutions’ may result

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