As three judges and 17 lawyers pored over the finer points of constitutional law in recent days, the body of a brain-dead woman in her mid-20s lay quiet and still in a hospital’s intensive care unit. File photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins

High Court judges pay tribute to father and partner for ‘immense courage and fortitude’

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar who expressed his ‘heartfelt sympathies to the family and partner of the woman at the centre of this case at this most difficult time - particularly given the season’. Photograph: Collins

HSE says judgment a ‘welcome decision’ after traumatic number of days for the family

John Rogers SC, for the woman’s father, argued the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which sets down the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn, was not applicable to this case. Photograph: Frank Miller

Three-judge court to gives its verdict on St Stephen’s Day

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, one of the three judges, who handled proceedings with delicacy and tact, as the evidence proceeded swiftly

Atmosphere at out-of-term court sitting on right-to-life case is grave and purposeful

In two known cases since 2001, staff at hospitals in Waterford and Galway kept pregnant women on life support as a result of uncertainty over the hospitals’ obligation to the foetus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Life support maintained in Waterford and Galway cases of maternal brain death

President of the High Court the Hon Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns  said on Monday,  “Time is of the essence.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Case to be heard by three judges at a special sitting in High Court

Case raises issues relating to the right to life of the unborn and  whether switching off life support would breach the constitutional rights of the foetus

Father of ‘clinically dead’ pregnant woman may seek ward-of-court status to administer affairs

Paul Gallagher SC argues in a new book that the seriousness and extent of the challenges posed by EU law are not widely understood by the public, politicians or lawyers. Photographer: Paul O’Driscoll

Michael McDowell warns against judicial activism in book written for late Rory Brady

Case could present conflict between right to life and right to die a natural death

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