Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick leaves Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, with his daughter Sarah. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge found the ODCE set out to ‘construct a case’ against the former Anglo chairman

 Anglo Irish Bank signage: In his decision on Tuesday to tell the jury to acquit Seán FitzPatrick on all charges, the shredding of documents was among the reasons cited by Judge John Aylmer. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Kevin O’Connell’s destruction of paperwork played role in Seán FitzPatrick’s acquittal

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick leaves the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with his daughter Sarah, after he was acquitted. Photograph: Collins

Former banker spent considerable amount of time in criminal courts of justice

Kevin O’Connell was the lead investigator into allegations Seán FitzPatrick had misled the auditors of Anglo Irish Bank, Ernst & Young (EY), over a period of six years. Photograph: Collins Courts

Counsel for ex-Anglo boss said solicitor not investigated as he was ‘too important to the State’

  Solicitor Kevin O’Connell, a legal advisor with the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement: He sought psychiatric help after he informed the State legal team he had shredded documents relevant to the trial of former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Legal adviser ‘taken aback’ by Garda Commissioner’s note about witness statements

Seán FitzPatrick speaking to reporters outside court on Tuesday. Photograph: Colm Keena

‘As you can appreciate it’s a wonderful day for me and my family’

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: said some journalists had given witness statements in which they specified conversations that had taken place outside of any journalistic privilege. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Commissioner, predecessor and head of press office release privilege for tribunal

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said a review of the appointments system started in 2014 had never been concluded.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy says Government’s proposals are wrong in principle

A mock customs post set up by anti-Brexit campaigners at Ravensdale, Co Louth, in  April. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Senior Revenue official says Border controls could be automated ‘without customs points’

Deputy Paul Murphy  is one of seven people facing trial for the alleged  false imprisonment of then tanaiste Joan Burton. All seven have pleaded not guilty. Photograph: Collins

Officer says demonstrators had been ‘deferring’ to Solidarity TD Paul Murphy

The Government has claimed to be doing all it can to secure the release of Ibrahim Halawa.

Irishman (21) fears for his health and safety after four years in a Cairo prison

Judge  Peter Charleton attends a Charleton tribunal  event at   Dublin Castle in February 2017. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda whistleblower inquiry is to present a preliminary report by Wednesday

Paul Murphy TD  at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins

Garda says TD Paul Murphy tried to calm crowd down but was told to mind own business

Christian Brothers’ school lands are to be transferred to the Edmund Rice Schools Trust. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Half proceeds from future sales of these lands will go to State

Minister for Education  Richard Bruton. His spokeswoman said the department “intends to engage with the Christian Brothers on this matter”. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Order wants contribution credited as part of €1.5bn redress scheme

Three judgment orders are being sought  by Promontoria (Aran) Ltd, a subsidiary of Cerberus, against Mr Hughes, his wife Margaret, and former AIB executive director Tom Browne. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Promontoria seeking summary judgments of €8m against John Hughes and two others

There has been yet another delay in the trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa who has been held in jail in Egypt since August 2013.

Minister says ambassador met Irish citizen on Sunday and work to secure release ongoing

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone,arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Court hears then-tánaiste was in car surrounded by people banging on it and chanting

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins is appealing the finding against her in the case she took against the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

State likely to appeal costs decision in case of ex-Rehab boss which are estimated at over €700,000

Kieran Mahon  and Paul Murphy at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph:  Collins

Karen O’Connell says she was ‘very frightened for three and a half hours, crying at times’

Paul Gallagher SC was critical of Shane Ross.

Paul Gallagher says new judicial appointments regime ‘unnecessarily politicised’

Karen O’Connell at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins

Karen O’Connell rejects suggestion video clips are at odds with her evidence

Political advisor Karen O’Connell said Joan Burton (above) was trying to calm her down during the protest. ‘I was very upset. I was crying. I was very fearful.’ Photograph: Collins Courts

Karen O’Connell tells court of a protester grabbing the collar of her coat

The Legal Services Regulatory Authority was concerned by comments by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald that the authority would be “fully-functioning” by the end of this summer. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Members claim transfer of functions should not come before new authority has necessary resources

Joan Burton was asked on Thursday if she had attempted to ‘smear’ the people taking part in a protest at Jobstown in a tweet. Photograph: Collins

Joan Burton tells court she has someone ‘clean up’ her social media before she sees it

Judgments obtained in the UK could become unenforceable in some EU member states and more difficult and more expensive to enforce here. Photograph: Nicolas Nadjar

Ireland will be sole English-speaking common law jurisdiction within EU legal order

Two charities of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin amassed €45.15 million from church collections in the 18-month period to the end of 2015, accounts show

Two charities of Catholic archdiocese had total funds of €177 million at end of 2015

Temple Street Children’s Hospital is owned by the Sisters of Mercy,  one of the biggest players in the hospital sector.  Photograph:  Frank Miller

Hospitals will be transferred to other charitable bodies with a Catholic ethos in the event that the congregations decide to win(...)

 Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon:  the making of a complaint can seem daunting for those living in the direct provision system. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ombudsman says trust must be built to help refugee children and families complain

Philip Boucher-Hayes: said  he was told off-air that Sgt Maurice McCabe had personal issues and was being driven by a particular agenda. Photograph: Ruth Mejber

RTÉ journalist gives details of conversation with former commissioner Martin Callinan

 Former Tánaiste Joan Burton TD leaves the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Dublin after giving evidence in the trial of seven men charged with the false imprisonment of her and her adviser at a water protest in Jobstown in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former Labour minister takes the stand at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

 Former tánaiste Joan Burton said she was struck twice in the back of the neck when arriving for a graduation ceremony in Tallaght in November 2014. Photograph: Collins

Court told enraged crowd shouted names at former tánaiste such as ‘c**t’ and ‘bitch’

Many religious congregations in Ireland have put in place plans to transfer their property to trusts which would be charged with continuing to use the property for the purposes pursued by the congregations

Calls for compulsory State purchase of land so hospital could be publicly owned

Paul Murphy faces charges arising out of a water protest in Jobstown on November 15th, 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

Paul Murphy on trial along with six others for 2014 incident involving Joan Burton

Bus driver Derek Kelly said he would be very surprised if the Labour Court recommendation was not rejected. Photograph: Colm Keena

Morale very low on first day back at work for Bus Éireann drivers in Busáras, Dublin

Institute of Directors survey: 80 per cent of respondents said their organisation adhered to a specific ethics code. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Institute of Directors survey notes positive views on corporate governance and ethics

The drug test involves analysing the driver’s saliva for cannabis, cocaine, opiates including heroin and morphine and benzodiazepines, which includes valium.

Garda to begin using new devices to test for substances including cannabis and cocaine

General secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Patricia King said a growing proportion of the working population is being subjected to precarious working arrangements. Photograph: Eric Luke

SF Bill aims to clamp down on employers who use pool of low-hour contract workers

Deirdre Foley, of Hollybank Avenue Upper Ranelagh, Dublin 6: Has a 20% share in Natrium.

Businesswoman faces charge of breaking employment law and impeding WRC inspector

A section of the wall after paint was taken off it. Photograph: Colm Keena

Wall lists names of the Irish and British people who died in 1916 Rising

FF justice spokesman Jim O Callaghan said he would be seeking answers in Dáil about Taoiseach’s behaviour and that of  AG. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Impact of phone call taping in Garda stations ‘significantly overestimated’, party claims

Alan Shatter has called on Enda Kenny to say if he knew what his department had been told by Sean  Guerin in the period immediately before the publication of the barrister’s report. Photograph:   Getty Images

Alan Shatter says it is difficult to believe that the secretary general had not briefed the Taoiseach ahead of report’s publicatio(...)

The 1916 Memorial Wall in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Conor Ó Mearáin

Wall bears the names of those who died during 1916 Rising – Irish and British

The situation of not having enough judges has become a “recurring theme” and not being able to get cases on for hearing was adding to the stress of parties involved, a High Court judge has said. File photograph: Getty Images

Effects of failure to appoint new judges highlighted by High Court justices

Well-known Dublin publican Frank Gleeson has claimed his fellow shareholders in the Mercantile Group summarily sacked his son Rory as part of a “scorched earth” policy that is part of a campaign against him. File photograph: Google Street View

Bitter dispute between owners of Mercantile pub and restaurant group sparks rival claims

The Charleton Tribunal is investigating an alleged smear campaign against garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concerns raised about two key figures being represented by the same legal team

Cafe en Seine in Dublin: one of the Mercantile Group’s interests.

Shareholder claims credit-card spending of €123,000 appears to involve foreign holidays

 Minister for  Transport  Shane Ross: attitude was blamed by unions for wildcat action. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Secondary picketing of train stations and bus depots leads to widespread travel disruption

Denis O Brien: Judge says his complaint against  committee has its origins in Dáil utterances which the courts are not allowed to review.  File photograph: Collins Courts

Judge says courts have no role in deciding legitimate use of parliamentary privilege

Denis O’Brien (centre) says he will consider an appeal against ruling on comments made in  Dáil by Pearse Doherty (left) and Catherine Murphy (right). Photographs: Alan Betson and Collins Courts

Pearse Doherty says ruling in case over Dáil comments on businessman vindicates him

Four media organisations made applications for representation to Mr Justice Peter Charleton. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Inquiry may have to stray into contested area of journalistic privilege

Mr Justice Peter Charleton said the “whole notion of conflicts of interest is something we perhaps take an exaggerated view of”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Counsel for Maurice McCabe says Nóirín O’Sullivan and Martin Callinan share team

One of the long-standing concerns of the society has been the low number of solicitors appointed to senior judicial posts. It is understood the society feels the system proposed by the department would help to address this. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Law Society submission this week to back Shane Ross proposal to shake up system

Anne Shortall case: Roy Webster had argued he was provoked into killing Ms Shortall - a partial defence available to accused in Irish law. File photograph: Michael Kelly

Loss of self-control must be total with provocation plea to secure manslaughter conviction

Motorists who had already paid their fine under a fixed charge notice (FCN) were wrongly summonsed, and 14,700 of them were convicted in court and paid a second fine. Photograph: Alan Betson

The latest Garda debacle will be costly to fix and damaging to the credibility of the force

The Law Reform Commission said the current system  was largely derived from the Judicature (Ireland) Act 1877 and 200 other pieces of legislation

Group will look at better procedures and use of technology as ways of improving system

Irish law states very clearly that gambling debts cannot be enforced.  Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg.

Rules reflect concern that string of disputed bets could end up before courts, sources say

The Criminal Assets Bureau had previously secured High Court orders freezing the assets, which belong to 11 people and were seized following a series of raids in March 2016. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cars and electric bicycles among goods belonging to 11 people seized by Cab last March

Raphael Halet (left), and Antoine Deltour (right), former employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and journalist Edouard Perrin (centre) pictured on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Sentences of two ex-PwC employees cut as journalist is acquitted for second time

Coty’s Nenagh plant, which manufactures Max Factor products, had been in competition with a plant in Kent for the business.

Business to transfer to English plant months after takeover of Procter & Gamble unit

After Brexit businesses in the UK will be able to complain to the EC  about alleged State aid to Irish businesses. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Deals for smaller Irish companies may have to be approved by several national agencies

The State wants the 18 religious congregations covered by the Ryan report to contribute half the total cost. Photograph: Getty Images

An offer by Ruairí Quinn to take over school playing fields did not suit the congregation

A person who suffered even mild sexual abuse as a child in an institution could have had their lives destroyed. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Relative costs higher in Irish institutional care cases than in other countries

There is an inherent and recognised danger with tribunals: they are both investigative body and adjudicating authority. File photograph: iStockPhoto

It’s hard to balance individual rights with need to shine light on issues of public concern

Transfer pledge was made in 2009 following publication of Ryan report

The Culture of Child Abuse installation, using pages from The Ryan Report, in Temple Bar, Dublin, in 2010. Photograph: Eric Luke

Estimates for cost of inquiry and compensation for abuse victims were far too low

The Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse, which led to the Ryan Report, was set up in 1999 and cost an estimated €82 million. Photograph: The Irish Times

Government policy that religious share liability, but contribution stands at just €192m

Aoife Winterlich (14) died days after being swept to sea in 2015.

Aoife Winterlich (14) fell 45ft as she was being lifted to helicopter after being swept to sea

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the mother-and-baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Group made €2.3 million profit in 2015 and paid €3 million rent to Bon Secours order

Gardaí in Killarney, Co Kerry, are investigating the collision which occurred at about 2.25pm. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Driver of other car airlifted to hospital in Limerick with serious injuries

Walford in Shrewsbury Road, Dublin, was bought for €58 million in 2005 by now-bankrupt property developer Sean Dunne (above), and its ownership is being investigated by the Official Assignee, Chris Lehane. Photograph: Steve Miller

Ownership status of Walford, bought for €58m in 2005, is being investigated

Housing in  Ballymun: the  loan was given in part so JEC could pursue proceedings through the courts.  At the time it was said  JEC “does not . . . have the financial means to carry out the remedial works nor to undertake the litigation”

Loan given to James Elliott Construction by Ballymun Regeneration for remedial work

Mr Justice Feargus Flood, was a sitting judge of the High Court with many years experience not just as a judge but also as a barrister. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Joseph Murphy jnr issues statement after tribunal said findings against him were ‘unlawful’

Mr Justice Feargus Flood: he was unable to help the tribunal in its response to pleadings made by Mr Muphy because of his state of health. Photograph:  Peter Thursfield

Planning Tribunal has agreed Flood’s findings against businessman were ‘unlawful’

Joseph Murphy jnr attends the Flood tribunal at  Dublin Castle in 2000. Photograph: Pat Langan

Planning tribunal expected to cost State about €160 million before it concludes

The lawyers acting for the Planning Tribunal secured pay rises in late 2002, with senior members of the team seeing their daily rate rise to €2,250 and juniors to €1,500. File photograph: Getty Images

Rise was knock-on effect of rates agreed for colleagues working on Morris Tribunal

James Gogarty. Joseph Murphy jnr said that from the beginning the tribunal sought to “cosset” Mr Gogarty

Businessman said James Gogarty’s evidence to planning tribunal was ‘assumed to be true’

A file image of  Jospeh  Murphy junior  leaving the Flood Tribunal in Dublin.

Joseph Murphy junior took action on behalf of himself and his late father over Flood report

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: ‘There should be no need for yet further judicial reviews.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Judge lays out his stances on legal costs and the media in opening statement

Mr Justice Peter Charleton at Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tribunal tasked to find out if media was used as ‘instrument for the dissemination of lies’

Tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton has surprised many by the speed at which the first sitting has been organised. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Tribunal into alleged Garda malpractice has ‘no pre-conceived notion’ as to villain or victim

Walford, on Shrewsbury Road, Dublin: Seán Dunne bought it for €57.95m in 2005

Letter gave legal advice to solicitor about Walford, a house on Dublin’s Shrewsbury Road

Seán Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea Dunne, “appear to work closely together [and] possibly live together,” official assignee Chris Lehane said. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Home address ‘fundamental’ to assessing a bankrupt’s means, assignee says

The McCabe tribunal chairman, Mr Justice Peter Charleton of the Supreme Court, is to make an opening statement at 9.30am on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Inquiry examining alleged smears against Garda whistleblower will allow TV cameras

The official launch of public proceedings comes less than a fortnight after the tribunal was established and Mr Justice Peter Charleton of the Supreme Court appointed as its chair. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Launch of tribunal proceedings by Justice Peter Charleton due for Dublin Castle on Monday

Mercantile Group-owned Café en Seine: In a solicitor’s letter, Dublin publican Frank Gleeson “trenchantly opposed” the appointment of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm to the role of finance director at the group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Feuding publicans at odds over whether former banker was suggested for finance role

Café en Seine on Dawson Street: one of the Mercantile Entertainment Group’s many well-known establishments in Dublin, along with the Mercantile Bar and Hotel, The George and Whelan’s on Wexford Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Court documents reveal depth of shareholder discord as merger of Capital Bars and Mercantile falls apart within a year

The Commercial Court has agreed that the case will be heard on May 11th next.

Cases involve former AIB business banking head in Galway and ex senior Anglo executive

Demolition work as part of the Ballymun regeneration project. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Move part of dispute between JEC and Irish Asphalt over material with excessive pyrite

Peter Charleton: Mr Charleton (60) has a track record of public service. Photograph: Eric Luke

Supreme Court judge will chair inquiry into Garda whistleblowers controversy

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison relaxing in a Dublin hotel on Wednesday while the Dáil debate on the motion of no confidence in the Government was taking place. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Tribunal to investigate allegation of inappropriate contacts between Tusla and gardaí

 Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. There is nothing in law to prevent the tribunal being live-streamed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Private inquiries held on back of whistleblower disclosures have added to public unease

A High Court jury in 2010 awarded €10m to a businessman who successfully argued he had been defamed by a press release issued by his employer. Photograph: Frank Miller

Libel Ireland: There is huge disparity in awards for defamation across Europe

Maurice McCabe: Secured access to the Tusla file and learned of the mistake made in 2013.

Husband and wife call on Taoiseach and others to reveal if advised on sex allegations

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Section 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 1976 makes it an offence to knowingly make a false report or statement tending to show that an offence has been committed.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legal experts say common law offence of perverting course of justice may apply

Maurice McCabe was not told about a serious complaint about him until two years after the accusation had been made.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Those charged with wrong-doing have the right to be informed of what is being alleged

The Libel Ireland depth series looks at the onerous costs of our defamation regime. File photograph: Getty Images

Libel Ireland: Cost of cases affects efficacy of reporting, submissions on law reform argue

US president Donald Trump shakes hands with Neil Gorsuch, his nominee for the supreme court. A Bar of Ireland members has said that Mr Trump’s personal attacks on judges have no place in a democracy based on the rule of law. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA.

Chair of Bar of Ireland’s human rights wing says US president’s comments ‘sinister’

Sgt Maurice McCabe:  A succession of resignations, claims and inquiries have followed  since his claims were first made. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Nóirín O’Sullivan at centre of Garda management at time of McCabe claims

US federal judge James Robart, who temporarily banned the US government from enforcing key parts of president Donald Trump’s order restricting immigration. Photograph: EPA/United States Courts

Legal battle created by executive order is taking place in the federal court network

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