Pat and Martin O’Donnell with Patrick Coyle  outside the Four Courts. Photograph: Courts Collins

Dentist testifies in case of three men who claim they were attacked at Shell protests

Maria O’Connor of Survivors of Symphysiotomy and ICCL director Mark Kelly  speaking to media outside the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Mother had alleged unnecessary procedure carried out on her

A man who brought proceedings alleging his employment as assistant horse trainer was jeopardised due to alleged impending disciplinary action by the Turf Club against his prospective employer has had his case rejected at the High Court

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan described bid as a complete abuse of the court process

Elizabeth Lavin, of Calverstown, Kilcullen, Kildare,  arriving at the Four Courts for her High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Judge said Elizabeth Lavin was ‘an unfortunate neophyte in the ways of escalators’

 Niamh Brannigan, mother of Patrick Brannigan (7), of CastleBlayney, Co. Monaghan, pictured leaving the Four Courts on Thursday. Photograph: Courts Collins

Boy (7) has cerebral palsy, is confined to wheelchair and has no means of communciating

Martin and Pat O’Donnell with Patrick Coyle pictured outside the Four Courts during their High Court action for damages. Photograph:  Courts Collins

Man tells High Court incident happened during protest against Shell refinery in Mayo

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan denies asking a senior garda about his views on ‘left wing political extremism in Ireland’ during a job interview. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Senior garda says he was taken aback by questioning during job interviews

L-R: Martin and Pat O’Donnell with Patrick Coyle  outside the Four Courts  during the opening day of their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Two officers involved are ‘accomplished’ boxers, High Court told

William McClean, who has settled his High Court action for damages against the Sunday World. Photograph: Courts Collins

William McClean sued Sunday World over informant claims

Brian O’Donnell and his wife must leave Gorse Hill by noon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Court rejects application for stay on order to leave Killiney home

Coverage found in contempt of court: The DPP had claimed the publication of material on the Anglo Tapes was calculated to interfere with the criminal trial process. Photograph: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

High Court judge rules no details of order can be published, adjourns case for three weeks

Mr Justice Paul Carney, who has retired, has been  described as an “innovator” and a “strong advocate” of the rights of victims who was instrumental in putting together a structured criminal justice system that is “fit for purpose”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Strong advocate’ of victim rights credited with effecting a structured criminal justice system

Last week’s order permits demolition of the home at Tinode, Blessington, Co Wicklow, on the N81 road between Tallaght and Blessington, of Gregory Kinsella, his partner and their young child. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

High Court decides date over Wicklow chalet after decision on demolition given last week

This case will set a precedent for what should be done when there is a breach of the McKenna Principles, as determined by the Supreme Court, governing the conduct of referendum campaigns.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Court had been urged to order re-run of vote over finding Constitution was breached

A High Court judge has reserved his decision on an action by former minister for justice Alan Shatter aimed at quashing certain parts of a report concerning his handling of allegations made by Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Courts Collins

Wants orders quashing sections of the May 2014 report compiled by Seán Guerin

Assistant Commissioner John Fintan Fanning said he was “uncomfortable” being asked certain questions as he was conscious he has a statutory obligation not to affiliate or associate with any political group.

Assistant commissioner alleges unfair competition held for deputy comissioner job

Seán Guerin SC said he had communicated with Kevin Clarke, an official in the Department of Justice nominated by the then minister as a point of contact. Photograph: Collins

Seán Guerin denies he ‘passed judgment’ on former minister for justice

The former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter felt he had no alternative but to resign his position as Minister following the Seán Guerin’s report, the High Court has heard. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Guerin report rendered fomer minister’s position ‘untenable’, judge told

Mr Justice David Keane said the wife, a mother of four children and full-time homemaker, is entitled to the €1.6 million family home; a €1.7million holiday home; €18,000 monthly maintenance  and half of the man’s €1.8 million pension scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

High Court says woman cannot be expected to stay in marriage and divides €7.4m estate

Protesters mark the 15th anniversary of the direct provision system in Ireland  outside the Department of Justice earlier this month.  Pictured at front are Stephanie (5) and Tatyana (8) N’Gang’a, who live in direct provision in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Asylum seeker describes ‘inhuman’ life of restrictions and barriers

Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley rules Master had acted outside his powers

A Bank of Ireland sales manager with an “exemplary record” who was dismissed for “gross misconduct” over “inappropriate” and pornographic emails sent from his personal bank email has won a six year battle for his reinstatement.   Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins.

High Court hears of widespread sending of such messages in Bank of Ireland

A locator map showing Tinode, Blessington, in Co Wicklow where a court has ordered the demolition of a wooden chalet. Image: Google maps

Ruling on family’s Blessington chalet seen as endorsing strict planning law enforcement

Two men died and several others were seriously injured when a section of a wall collapsed at Connacht Gold Co-Op Society’s DIY and Garden Centre at Athlone Road, Longford in 2013.

Shop was scene of fatal accident in 2013 after wall collapsed on people

Ms Justice Mary Irvine: Disagreed there was a sound evidential basis for the High Court finding the delay was excusable. Photograph: The Irish Times

Action alleged religious order vicariously liable for rape and sexual assault of schoolgirl

A separate action against Michael Fingleton, involving a claim by State-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation for up to €6 billion over losses suffered by the Society, is proceeding on a date yet to be fixed.

Action was taken against four ex-directors accused of unlawful delegation of power

Judge said he was “astounded” a more rapid reaction to initiate legal proceedings by Tulisa Contostavios did not take place. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

‘X Factor’ star alleged she was set up in a sting operation

A legal action against four former directors of the Irish Nationwide Building Society over the alleged “wholly unlawful” delegation of powers of the Board of the Society to its former CEO Michael Fingleton has settled, the Commercial Court has heard. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Action over alleged ‘wholly unlawful’ delegation of board powers to former CEO

Ruling by a four to three majority on the use of evidence in criminal trials is considered hugely significant.

Bar on use of evidence obtained in breach of a constitutional right has now been removed

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns. He made various directions, including for the advertisement of the petition seeking the sale, and returned the matter for hearing on June 5th

Quinn Insurance ceased writing new business in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in 2009 and in the UK in late 2012

Dublin Simon Community plans to relocatore emergency facility

 Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts last month dafter the verdict in his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Jules Thomas alleges wrong arrest in Toscan du Plantier murder investigation

Ian Bailey leaving the High Court after losing his case against An Garda Síochána and the State. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Jury dismisses claim gardaí conspired to implicate Bailey in death of Toscan du Plantier

Ian Bailey leaving the High Court after losing his case over an alleged Garda conspiracy to implicate him in the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Judge says failure to find killer of Sophie Toscan du Plantier a source of anguish

Given the disputes between the lawyers in the Ian Bailey case, a dry run of the evidence of former Director of Public Prosecutions Jim Hamilton (above) was heard in the absence of the jury to determine what he could say before them. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dry run of ex-DPP Jim Hamilton’s evidence heard in absence of jury to determine what he could say

Ian Bailey, pictured leaving the Four Courts last Friday. Photograph: Collins

State argued Mr Bailey’s claim was statute-barred, writes Mary Carolan

Ian Bailey leaving the High Court after losing his case over garda conduct. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Case related to investigation into death of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Former Irish Nationwide chief executive Michael Fingleton. At the High Court, Ms Justice Marie Baker, said Mr Fingleton had not identified anything in the terms and conditions of the loan that he might rely on in a defence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Irish Nationwide chief executive has no arguable defence, High Court rules

Ian Bailey: attempting to show ‘once and for all’ he was not involved in death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier  but counsel said he ‘will always be a pariah’.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Jury hears closing statements after 63-day action and will consider conspiracy by gardaí

Ian Bailey  arriving at the Four Courts for the continuation of his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Counsel argue jury should disbelieve claim garda stripped naked and asked for sex

Stanisclaw Oponowicz  leaving the Four Courts yesterday  after a High Court hearing. Photo: Courts Collins

Polish national suffered fractured jaw and left with permanent damage to mouth

Blaise O’Donnell and Dr Mary Patricia O’Donnell at the Four Courts yesterday. Photograph: Collins

Dr Mary Pat O’Donnell says ‘harassment and devastation’ was visited upon them by Bank of Ireland and solicitors

Andrew Hetherington allegedly arranged payments through ‘falsification of a paper trail’

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts on Tuesday  for the continuation of his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Evidence in long-running civil action case concluded earlier this month

A woman who claims her privacy rights as a prior victim of human trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse and exploitation have been breached as a result of spending years in the direct provision system has initiated a High Court challenge to the system.

High Court told conditions experienced by woman and Irish born child give rise to ‘anguish’

Ian Bailey’s civil action for damages over the conduct of the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier opened last November and evidence concluded earlier this month after 59 days. Photograph: Courts Collins

Jury should be sent out by next week in case that heard from some 90 witnesses

AIB has obtained €9.3 million judgment orders on consent at the Commercial Court against Galway businessmen Tom and John Nestor for borrowings by the pair. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Court rules in favour of bank for borrowings by Tom and John Nestor

Mr Justice Brian Cregan agreed to transfer the action to the Commercial Court list. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan/Collins

Davy Target Investments’ claims concern distribution of rent monies

The plaintiff complained of “considerable overlap” in membership of the boards of various standards bodies.

Judge says claim is ‘impossibly broad’

Dublin couple Patrick and Roseann McLaughlin have lost their Supreme Court appeal against a ruling that Bank of Scotland Plc was entitled to recover some €4 million from them. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

McLaughlins claimed bank not entitled to recover unpaid property development loans

The Supreme Court has made no costs orders after proceedings brought on behalf of John Stokes by his mother Mary Stokes (above) concerning the enrolment policy of CBS High School, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Collins.

Supreme Court recently said insufficient evidence to say admission policy discriminatory

A grandmother’s bid to be permitted live here with her daughter, an employed lone parent, and help rear her three grandchildren, two of whom are Irish citizens, has been rejected by a two to one Supreme Court majority

Deportation order means she cannot return from Nigeria to visit her only relatives

In High Court judicial review proceedings against the Minister for Social Protection, Liam Ward contended he is entitled to have his application decided in line with guidelines. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

It is impossible to rent in inner-city Dublin for less than €450 a month, court is told

Eighteen people were adjudicated bankrupt during a hearing lasting less than one hour at the High Court on Monday.

Man with debts of €400,000, mostly to Revenue, tells court he wants matter ‘over with’

Ian Bailey, who has made a series of claims over the conduct of the  investigation into the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Collins Courts

More than 90 witnesses heard in action against Garda Commissioner and State

The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, said the Labour Court had told Patrick  Mulholland he could issue a summons to compel the attendance of a member of Greenstar management to give evidence in relation to pay rates, but that this option was not pursued. File photograph: Collins Courts

Patrick Mulholland alleged drivers directly employed by Greenstar paid more than agency staff

Ian Bailey arriving at court last month for his action against the Garda Commissioner and State over the conduct of the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Courts Collins

Jury will hear closing speeches on March 24th followed by charge from judge

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell: Mr Justice Brain McGovern told Mr O’Donnell he and his wife have to be “out of the property” by 5pm today and have until then to remove their belongings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Court rules Brian and Mary O’Donnell are trespassing on former home in Killiney

An action brought over an alleged injury to a   child  sustained during a car collision when her mother was nine-weeks pregnant with her has settled at the High Court for €100,000. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

High Court had heard claims child born with cerebral palsy following Tallaght collision

Dermot Dwyer said, after the second arrest of Mr Bailey on January 28th, 1998 in connection with the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, he was “very perturbed” about some of the correspondence from the DPP’s office concerning the Garda file. Photograph: Courts Collins

Evidence in case may conclude on Friday after which it will adjourn for a week to resume from March 23rd

Irish Water protesters Bernie Hughes, Paul Moore, Derek Byrne and Damien O’Neill. Photograph: Collins

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns says he was ‘most unhappy at the idea of a procedural technicality trumping substantive justice’

Mr Justice Brian McGovern: refused to fast-track action in Commercial Court on grounds of delay, meaning case will proceed via High Court procedures

Joint venture group claims commercially sensitive information released to competitor by National Roads Authority

Ian Bailey and his partner Jules Thomas pictured leaving the Four Courts last month during his High Court action for damages. File Photograph: Courts Collins

Long-running case expected to finally conclude in early April

Florence Newman leaves the Four Courts  after giving evidence in a High Court action for damages taken by Ian Bailey. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Florence Newman said she ‘got a fright’ when she saw scratches ‘like squiggles’ on Mr Bailey’s right hand

Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts High Court on Friday. Photograph: Collins.

Officer asked about conversation in patrol car

Water protesters Damien O Neill, Derek Byrne, Paul Moore and Bernie Hughes pictured after they were released. Photograph: Collins

Applause in court after four protesters immediately freed

 Richard Shelley pictured leaving the Four Courts  after giving evidence in a High Court action taken by Ian Bailey. Photograph:   Collins Courts

Richard Shelley says Bailey cried and put his arms around him

Kevin Kelleher  leaving the Four Courts on Wednesday after giving evidence in a High Court action taken by Ian Bailey. Photograph: Courts Collins

Retired Garda did not recall suspecting anyone else in Sophie Toscan du Plantier case

Florence Crowley claimed under a policy for serious illness cover taken out with Zurich in 2002. Zurich said  in order to be paid for coronary catheter treatment, his surgery had to involve a procedure to correct at least 50 per cent diameter narrowing of two coronary arteries. Because he underwent surgery to correct narrowing of one artery only, he was not entitled to serious illness benefit, it said. File photograph: Getty Images

Judge says law obliged him to strike out case but he had ‘considerable sympathy’ for applicant

Marie Farrell: claimed Det Sgt Maurice Walsh  had exposed himself to her in the ladies’ toilets of Schull golf club. Photograph: Collins Courts

Marie Farrell’s statements voluntary, former detective insists

Maurice Walsh: Denied several other claims by Ms Farrell including he went to her bedroom in a Dublin hotel. Photograph: Collins

Retired officer Maurice Walsh says no truth to ‘deeply upsetting’ and ‘revolting’ claim

Jules Thomas and her partner Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts last month during his High Court action for damages. File Photograph: Courts Collins

Former inspector says he met pair on number of occasions over claims

The priest contends his right to a fair trial has been prejudiced due to a ‘fatal deficit’ of disclosure

Cleric is accused of abusing 14 boys at a Munster secondary school

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns: Said fees should reflect the impact of the downturn

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said fees should reflect the impact of the downturn

 The Blackrock Clinic, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Talos concern at losing out on €2.78m judgment against Blackrock Clinic shareholder

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, has said “comfortable assumptions” that legal fees should continue as before “without the slightest regard for privations experienced by citizens”, including other professionals, does not serve “the interests of justice”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns made remarks in significant decision on fees claimed in medical negligence case

 Sean Quinn. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Commercial Court rules it would be ‘too dangerous’ to proceed with original trial date as it clashes with criminal prosecution of (...)

The three-judge Supreme Court has made a number of general recommendations concerning the presentation of division of assets in complex contested marital proceedings so as to avoid those resources being reduced through costs in various legal challenges. File photograph: Collins

Woman to get funds in lump sum after ex-husband disputed valuation figures

Marlis Flood, mother of Caoimhe, of Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Dublin, leaving the Four Courts yesterday on Thursday. Photograph: Courts Collins

Caoimhe Flood received settlement without admission of liability

The Four Courts: case arose after AIB in early 2014 sought summary judgment against brothers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Allied Irish Banks obtained €17.6m judgment against Paul and Gerard Dormer

An agreement has been reached between communications consultant Monica Leech and Independent Newspapers concerning the legal costs of two libel actions, the Supreme Court has heard. Photograph: Collins Court

Agreement noted on legal costs of two libel actions

Aoife Quinn, daughter of  Seán Quinn: the Quinn family allege they are not liable for about €2.34 billion loans advanced by the former Anglo Irish Bank to Quinn companies

Criminal proceedings against former Anglo chairman Seán Fitzpatrick due to open a day before Quinn family’s civil action

The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, heard an emergency application fron the Health Service Executive concerning the woman. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Condition of woman with BMI of less than 12 ‘deeply worrying’, says judge

Jules Thomas and Ian Bailey pictured leaving the Four Courts on Wednesday during his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

Denied he was at ‘forefront’ of efforts to ensure Mr Bailey was charged with murder

Former garda Jim Fitzgerald has denied in the High Court that he was “fixing things up” for Marie Farrell, a witness in the  Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder investigation. Photograph: Courts Collins.

Jim Fitzgerald denies Marie Farrell told description didn’t fit Bailey and should be ‘tidied up’

Mr Justice Brian McGovern agreed to transfer the proceedings to the Commercial Court. File photograph: Collins Courts

BoI moves against ex-CEO of operator of St Francis private hospital in Mullingar

AIB Mortgages and AIB plc sought judgments for €1.9 million and €2.4 million respectively against Richard and Ann Marie Lindsay of Naul, Co Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

Properties used as security against loans in 2006 and 2009 which bank called in, in 2014

Aoife Quinn: family “swamped” with documents.

Seán Quinn’s family deny liability for some €2.34 billion loans advanced by the former Anglo Irish Bank to Quinn companies

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts earlier this month. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Court hears from retired detective involved in investigation of Toscan du Plantier murder

Jim Fitzgerald pictured arriving at the Four Courts to continue giving evidence in the High Court action for damages by Ian Bailey. Photograph: Courts Collins

Garda tells court he had ‘normal’ relationship with Marie Farrell

In evidence during the civil action by Ian Bailey, Jim Fitzgerald said he was never in the holiday home where Marie Farrell alleged he was naked. Photograph: Collins

Jim Fitzgerald rejects suggestion he was a general ‘Jim’ll fix it’ during Ian Bailey investigation

The Cameroonian woman claimed she was told at her father’s funeral  she must become the wife of a chief and ordered to drink a glass of human blood

Cameroonian woman’s religious convictions questioned over children outside marriage

Garda denies he told witness they knew Bailey was Sophie Toscan du Plantier killer

The man and woman married in the late 1960s and had a number of children before separating in the mid 1980s and later divorcing.

Divorced couple reach agreement in Supreme Court case

Former Rehab Group chief execuitve Angela Kerins. File  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Developer seeking damages from charity over claims surrounding property deal

Anne Cahalane says she met Ian Bailey while filming a ‘Crimeline’ reconstruction in 1997 of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Courts Collins

Woman was taking part in reconstruction of murder when approached by Ian Bailey

Joanne Rundle sued An Post over alleged bullying between 2005 and 2006 at the Dublin Mails Centre in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Joanne Rundle sued over alleged bullying at Dublin Mails Centre in Clondalkin

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts earlier this month. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Retired detective tells High Court of interviews with producer and friend of late Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Ian Bailey arriving at court for his continuing action  against the Garda Commissioner and State over the conduct of the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Courts Collins

Teenager said Mr Bailey told him ‘I ... bashed her f***king brains in’, court hears

Helen Callanan, former news editor of the Sunday Tribune,  leaving the Four Courts yesterday after giving evidence in the High Court action  against the State taken by Ian Bailey.    Photograph: Courts/Collins

Former journalist tells High Court she did not think it was ‘black humour’ and regarded remarks as confession to Toscan du Plant(...)

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