Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said when the Fines Act 2014 takes full effect the figures on imprisonment for fines will change dramatically.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Irish Prison Service report shows overall numbers sent to prison rose to highest in five years

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “There are very serious issues in the justice area, particularly around the European arrest warrant, which has served us very well.”

Minister for Justice says issues include Border and European arrest warrants

Dr  Joanne Nelson: “We are chasing best practice and we have a very long way to go,” she told conference in Sligo on responding to children who disclose sexual abuse. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Average age of children seen last year was seven, Dr Joanne Nelson tells conference

Dublin District Family Court at Dolphin House:  the decrepit conditions would not be tolerated in the shining Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Domestic violence victims are denied dignity when they are most in need of it

Retired judge Aindrias Ó Caoimh says UK colleagues have huge impact in Europe

State’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon. Mr Shannon has said legislation should be introduced compelling schools to have a strong disciplinary code on bullying and cyberbullying. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection calls for new legislation at EU forum

When the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board was first established, applications were in the 100s, peaking in December 1999, with 301 for one District Court post. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

JAAB annual report shows number of applications fluctuate with economy

Latest batch of cases published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project make for sober reading. File  photograph: Getty Images

Reporting project reveals shocking case of children with lice, ringworm and no food

The Family  Court also heard evidence about the children missing school. File photograph: Getty Images

Children removed in 2014 when mother admitted to hospital due to mental health problems

Tánaiste and   Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald with Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fathers to get two weeks off and €230 a week at a cost of €20 million a year

Michael Colgan, outgoing artistic director of the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Name for me the great classical plays written by women and I’ll do them’

 People outside the social welfare office on Thomas Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Provision for payment not included in Government estimates

The principal of the child’s school said the girl was capable, with good attendance, but had very poor self-esteem. File photograph: Getty Images

Judge hears agency concerned about emotional abuse and parental neglect

‘I didn’t expect them to go into details on personal cases, but they could have gone with tougher questions,’ said Clare Daly .Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

TD says line of questioning was weak during commissioner’s appearance at meeting

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Policing Authority chief Josephine Feehily at the meeting between the Policing Authority and the Garda Commissioner in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dedicated phone line to be enabled to reduce chances of cases falling ‘through the cracks’

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has  said the Garda has been described as insular, defensive and resistant to change, but that cultural change is taking place.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda chief faces Policing Authority watchdog at public meeting on O’Higgins findings

Sgt Maurice McCabe.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Complaints Sgt McCabe made about these Garda cases investigated by Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins

Almost half of the complaints received by the Press Ombudsman in 2015 were to do with truth and accuracy, according to the office’s annual report.

Almost half of the submissions received last year related to truth and accuracy

A father  told Judge Sarah Berkeley he was badly advised by his solicitor when he consented to the sale of the family home in 2014. At the time, he was distressed and worried and “just agreed”. He said the stress of leaving home was destroying his children.

Man claims wife seeking order for him to vacate family home had partied, had affair

The latest figures show there were 1,037 homeless families with 2,121 child dependants in the State in April. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Four families with children given blow-up beds in adult facilities in past week

Focus Ireland said “the whole property market is a pile of carrots already” and “a few more sticks might be part of the answer”. Photograph: PA

Focus Ireland rejects suggestion landlords need incentives to renovate vacant houses

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: she will raise the question of waiting lists with Minister for Health Simon   Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Children questions six-week wait to be seen at sexual abuse assessment units

Motorsports organisations, including from Kildare racetrack Mondello Park (above), have been lobbying MEPs in an attempt to amend the EU Motor Insurance Directive. File image: David Sleator/The Irish Times

MEP raises concern that tracks like Mondello Park will close if new rules are introduced

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said he would replace JobBridge with a scheme more suited to the current job market. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection says more targeted scheme to be introduced

The District Family Court has reduced a father’s access to his son after he allegedly held him over a flooding river. Photograph: Getty

Boy claimed his father held him by the ankles over a flooding river, court hears

Man fined €600 and disqualifed for two years at Gorey District Court

 Garda chief Nóirín O’Sullivan  has said she is unable to clarify  comments made by her lawyers  because of  laws governing Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins’s investigation into allegations of inaction and corruption  against some gardaí in the Cavan-Monaghan division. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda chief’s suggestion that law on O’Higgins inquiry bars explanation ‘not credible’

New waste charges are being introduced from July 1st. Photograph. David Sleator/ The Irish Times

From using black sacks for your refuse to a chance to save cash – what you need to know

The Department of the Environment has said pay-by-weight charges “promotes greater segregation of waste, improves recycling and allows householders to save on their bills”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Regulations introduce minimum charges for pay-by-weight waste, including recycling

Máire Whelan: Fine Gael lobbied against her appointment as Attorney General. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Speculation Attorney General Máire Whelan will be assigned to Court of Appeal

The young sibling who made abuse disclosures, revealed in the case at the Dublin District Family Court, had not yet been assessed at a sexual abuse unit three weeks after speaking out for the first time. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Sibling who disclosed abuse on six-week waiting list for sexual abuse assessment

Judge Brendan Toale: made his ruling last week, and included an order preventing reporting of the case for seven days. Photograph: Collins Courts

Abuse allegations made against male relative carer, his friend and other relatives

Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, has recommended, to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, that the Ombudsman be given powers to investigate prisoners’ complaints. Similar recommendations have been made for more than 10 years. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inspector of Prisons recommended external investigator after internal procedure exhausted

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Mr Justice Kevin  O’Higgins said it was difficult to understand why Sgt McCabe was the only person subjected to disciplinary proceedings for loss of computer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Recommendation case heard at District Court surprising and difficult to comprehend

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe: Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins found investigation was “seriously flawed by reason of delay”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Question of who was investigating garda caused confusion, finds O’Higgins report

At least 1,400 cases held pending DPP’s appeal against High Court’s drink-drive ruling

In a reference to fatal foetal abnormalities, Mrs Higgins had said it was an ‘outrage’ against women that in the case of ‘foetal abnormality’, a person should be ‘made carry’ the baby. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Charity Every Life Counts says Higgins’ comments are ‘hurtful and appalling’

Finian McGrath (left) and Shane Ross have listed affordable housing and laws to ensure judges are selected on merit among their respective promises for Government. Photograph: Collins/The Irish Times

Finian McGrath and Shane Ross take to airwaves and print to set out priorities

Thought rebellion ‘foolish’ but ‘no option but to obey’

Buried in communal grave with fellow rebels

‘Proclamation not issued by Volunteers’

‘Acted under orders’of his ‘superiors’

Joined Irish Volunteers on Easter Monday

Evidence against him didn’t fill a single page

Connolly made no defence except on cruelty charges against prisoners

Sean Heuston in uniform 1916

Connolly’s note to ‘Houston’ on Mendicity Institute formed defence

A boy in the care of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, may not be able to attend primary school if he is not supplied with a special needs assistant, Dublin District Family Court heard. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Social worker tells judge boy would need dedicated special needs assistant in class

The mother’s solicitor claimed the father had four different vehicles, including a Porsche 911 (similar to above), as well as having paid for the birthday stretch limo, hotel function room and professional photographer. File photograph: Getty Images

Mother’s solicitor claims father had four different vehicles, including a Porsche 911

Josaphine Feehily, chairperson of the  Policing Authority. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The independent body was set up to oversee the performance of An Garda Síochána

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Policing Authority meeting for discussions about community safety.

Policing Authority told new bureau seized €36m of drugs and 36 weapons in first year

The National Maternity Hospital, known as Holles Street hospital, has said the arrangement proposed by St Vincent’s would eliminate the maternity hospital as an independent entity and eliminate the “decision-making capacity at senior clinical and corporate level”, creating “unacceptable clinical risk”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

St Vincent’s offered site for Holles Street hospital on basis of single system of governance

The Road Traffic Act 2010 prohibits the application of the poor box to offences that attract penalty points, including speeding, from June 1st, 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

In excess of one-third of drivers before District Court for speeding had cases struck out

The snapchat vido showed James Boyle taking cocaine in a bathroom

Tribunal finds against James Boyle who lost waiter job in Dublin city centre restaurant

Judge Marie Quirke was told that the girls got into pyjamas as soon as they returned home to keep their school uniforms clean because clothes were not being washed

Dublin District Family Court hears how mother was ‘incoherent’ when gardaí called

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting on Dublin’s Sheriff Street. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Locals say garda presence in Sheriff Street had reduced in recent days

Social workers can  find it difficult to keep track of families that move repeatedly from one area to another.  File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 1,000 high priority cases not yet assigned social workers at end of 2015, figures show

An abused teenager has said her jailed mother could never admit to wrongdoing, has not attempted to talk to her or her siblings, nor had anything to do with them for years. The sentence imposed on their mother gave her and her siblings justice, she said. File photograph: Getty Images

Social workers came to home but mother was ‘convincing and vindictive’ says teenager

A garda said he visited the toddler’s home with social workers from Tusla  last month. He found the toddler in dirty clothes and with greasy hair, sitting on the floor with toys everywhere. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Judge makes supervision order for six months

Mother sentenced to 4½ years for beating, starving and neglecting children

Some areas have twice the case counts of others. Photograph: Getty Images

Statistics indicate highest count of almost 15,000 in Clare – but just over 6,000 in Mayo

Court-appointed guardian said the teenager had a “relatively difficult” experience in care. He had had no contact with his father and his mother was “ambivalent”.

Homelessness is teenager’s “central fear” leaving care, Dublin District Family Court hears

 A general view of the Hong Kong offices of Panama-headquartered law firm Mossack Fonseca. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

Vladimir Putin spokesman says ‘Putinophobia’ means it is impossible to speak well of Russia

Tiernan Brady of Glen, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Glen director Tiernan Brady speaks about helping LGBTI rights activists abroad

Edward Keenan, of Curracreehan, Moydow, Co Longford, has been imprisoned for driving with no insurance. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

District Court judge jails man who had 13 previous convictions for road traffic offences

A social worker report said the father was showing signs of parental alienation syndrome, a condition in which one parent tries to turn a child against the other.  Photograph: Getty Images

Woman said she suffered mental torture and abuse for years and her husband undermined her

The judge ordered the man to provide written evidence of his arrangements with the charity and adjourned the case to April

Court hears cameras installed ‘in every room and crevice’ in the couple’s home

 Care order extended: judge advised father to accept any help on offer. Photograph: Vladimir Cetinski/Getty

Father’s anger ‘burning him up inside’, court-appointed guardian tells family court

 Bernard Daly was initially charged in 2013 with not having provided a specific bank account to Revenue in November 2003.  Photograph: Court Collins.

O’Mahony and Daly trial, riddled with confusion, was not the State’s finest hour

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Tiarnan O’Mahoney had his conviction quashed but may yet face a retrial. Photograph: Court Collins.

The introduction of Dirt tax in 1986 was the starting point for the issues in this case

Former Anglo Irish Bank company secretary Bernard Daly (left) and former chief operations officer Tiarnan O’Mahoney. Photographs: Collins Courts/Irish Times

Court finds Anglo trial judge ‘in error’ when he attempted to adjudicate on admissibility

Fr Peter McVerry said there are currently 1,700 children in emergency homeless accommodation, mostly in Dublin. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Outgoing Government scores C on keeping its promises to children, charity report says

More than 250 witness statements were collected by gardaí in advance of the criminal trial of Shaun Kelly.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Relatives of crash victims paid €778,000 for reports in 2014, Garda figures show

David Drumm: Accused of forgery, conspiracy and false accounting for loans in 2008 designed to buttress Anglo’s plunging share price

Former bank executive likely to seek bail at Dublin court hearing

Former Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive  David Drumm pictured in 2009. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ex-Anglo chief executive facing 33 charges over transactions

 Supreme Court judges, the  President of the High Court and the President of the Court of Appeal during a special sitting to commemorate the late Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman at the Supreme Court, Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Analysis: Uncertainty surrounds appointment of Adrian Hardiman’s replacement

The wife said she was aware the house would have to be sold once there was a legal separation

Estranged spouse broke into family home, but told court entitled to key to own property

Then and now: Corner of Sackville Street and Eden Quay, Dublin

Gardaí expecting ‘tsunami of people’ as 360,000 due in capital for Sunday parade

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald described the judge as a “fearless defender of the Constitution” and a man of extraordinary intellectual ability who made an enormous contribution. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Late Supreme Court judge was ‘proud and patriotic Irishman’, says President Higgins

A fluent Irish language speaker, Hardiman had been due to give an address at NUI Galway on Monday, questioning the State’s commitment to the Irish language. Photograph: Eric Luke

Late Supreme Court judge had been due to give lecture at Easter on 1916 Proclamation

A migrant  seeking to cross the Greek-Macedonian border is injured   after a fight with another migrant at a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 7th, 2016. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

International Protection Act 2015 due to come into effect later this year

Charities have warned politicians that the housing and homelessness emergency will continue to deteriorate while they discus forming a government. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

222 people newly homeless in time between call of general election and first Dáil meeting

 Justice Adrian Hardiman (left) photographed with   Judge John Quirke, President of the Law Reform Commission in 2013. Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

From being called to the Bar in 1974, we look at the highlights of a long career

The judge  made an order prohibiting publication of the case until the end of July. At that stage, it will be open to the DPP Claire Loftus (above) to apply for an extension of the order, should she deem it necessary

Judge Brendan Toale said publication “might be prejudicial” to any criminal trial

Chief Justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham made the lowest expenses claim among Supreme Court judges last year, claiming less than €250. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Irish Times

Highest claim of €52,800 made by District court judge Terence Finn

Kildare North: Third TD elected of four

Kildare North: Second TD elected of four

Kildare North: Fourth TD elected of four

“It’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to stop the pettiness and come together to form a Government,” said Labour’s Alan Kelly. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Labour TD says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should put the country first and coalesce

Seán Ó Fearghail

Kildare South: Third TD elected of three

Former Mayor of Kildare Fiona O’Loughlin

Kildare South: Second TD elected of three

Martin Heydon

Kildare South: First TD elected of three

Catherine Murphy TD with candidates Anne-Marie McNally and Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kildare North: First TD elected of four

Indications show Martin Heydon Fine Gael, on 21 per cent, Fiona O’Loughlin, Fianna Fáil, on 18 per cent, her party running mate Sean Ó Fearghaíl, on 16 per cent and Labour’s Mark Wall on 13 per cent.

Sean O’Fearghail and Fiona O’Loughlin successful as Labour the big loser

From L-R: Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats); Bernard Durkan (Fine Gael); Emmett Stagg (Labour); Anthony Lawlor (Fine Gael)

Social Democrat Catherine Murphy elected on the first count

Court heard a Garda  saw a silver BMW parked with no ticket and a disability permit. When she contacted the Irish Wheelchair Association, she was told the permit was issued to  a man who had died.

Woman accused of not having correct car tax and using dead father’s parking permit

Judge Mary Fahy said an address at Sylvan Avenue, Newcastle, Galway, had been given by countless people from Lithuania who came before her accused of selling drugs.

Address in Newcastle has been given by many people in court on drug-dealing charges

The judge at a District Family Court  advised the  parties to consider mediation. “Life is short,” she said. File photograph: Getty Images

Woman tells court her mother did not want to see baby because of infant’s ‘different colour’

Prof Helen Buckley: “I wouldn’t be saying if these young people had male social workers they would do better, but any positive role-modelling of males is probably a good thing.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dr Helen Buckley says lack of men in the field means fathers are often not engaged with

Independent TD Joan Collins outside Dublin District Court yesterday after charges over a water protest against her and eight others were dismissed. photograph: collins

Court could not be sure “the people at whom the direction was directed”, could hear it

Independent TD Joan Collins who has been found not guilty of failing to comply with a garda direction during an anti-water meter protest.   Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge says no evidence Independent TD part of group or had a common design to breach the peace

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