Dublin District Court had waiting times of 26 weeks, with delays also in family law cases

Clonkeen College, Deansgrange, Co Dublin.

Clonkeen College is challenging order’s decision to sell 7.5 acres of its playing fields

The French authorities want to try Ian Bailey for the involuntary manslaughter of French citizen Sophie Toscan du Plantier. File photograph: Collins Courts

The justice had accused Frances Fitzgerald of ‘abuse of process’ during extradition bid

Isme’s chief executive, Neil McDonnell, believes  it is time that perjury was defined in statute.

Current judicial culture too accommodating of those who make false claims – Isme

Kevin Myers was sacked as a ‘Sunday Times’ columnist following a recent article. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sacked writer claims five or six people would have seen the article before publication

There was a drop in the number of applications for judicial separation in 2016, when the majority of the applications came from wives, figures released by the Courts Service show.

There were also 62 applications for dissolution of civil partnerships, with most involving female partnerships

Dublin rents are now 18 per cent higher than the peak during the economic boom. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

‘Hopefully this is a sign that the effects of our great recession are fading,’ says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Susan Denham presented the annual report of the Courts Service for 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Guidelines needed for ‘the who, when and what of using social media in courtrooms’

Ian Bailey: French tribunal likely to go ahead in his absence. Photograph: Collins Courts

Charlie Flanagan ‘obliged’ by law to apply for extradition order on foot of European warrant

Fr Martin Pender and  a Congolese asylum seeker:  “It is absolute psychological abuse,” says Fr Martin Pender. He is “ashamed” Irish taxpayers are sponsoring such poor treatment of asylum seekers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Martin Pender says Congolese asylum seekers left to ‘eat and sleep and walk around’

Murdered: Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty

Background: Ian Bailey became a suspect early in the investigation. He has been in legal battles ever since

Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Collins

Whistleblower taking complaint outside Garda was ‘making everyone look bad’

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone with Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and  Ann Marie Gill, chairperson. Photograph: Eric Luke

UN urged to pressure Government over lack of protection for victims of sexual crime

The site of the National Children’s Hospital at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Work on the project is alleged to have caused structural damage to nearby homes

Maurice McCabe  at the Charleton tribunal in  Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Did the growing mistrust between McCabe and his colleagues tip over into smears?

Somaia Halawa with a postcard of her brother: Ibrahim Halawa has been  held in Egypt for almost four years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Relatives encouraged by Leo Varadkar’s interest in the case

Garda Supt Leo McGinn at the the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Supt Leo McGinn says he ‘absolutely’ had no axe to grind against garda whistleblower

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the  Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph:  Collins.

Supt Noel Cunningham denies being part of effort by Garda bosses to smear whistleblower

Garda whistleblower: Sgt Maurice McCabe and his wife, Lorraine, at Dublin Castle for the Disclosures Tribunal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Officer investigating Maurice McCabe acknowledges difficulty of disproving allegations

Supt Noel Cunningham: told the Disclosures Tribunal that Sgt Maurice McCabe “became a thorn in his side”. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Investigating superintendent ‘absolutely refutes’ later ignoring Tusla sex abuse claim letter

Crime journalist Paul Williams at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Background: Crime journalist was in contact with Ms D over Maurice McCabe claim

Charleton tribunal: the journalist Paul Williams at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Journalist told tribunal Taylor confirmed inquiry into Ms D’s allegation against McCabe

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Collins

Journalist denies being ‘puppet’ for senior gardaí

Sgt Maurice McCabe with his wife, Lorraine, at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle, on Monday.  Photograph: Collins Photos

Woman had told Gsoc she was told the sergeant ‘watched the young ones’ leaving school

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the tribunal in Dublin Castle.  “Ms D” said on Monday she grew upset in 2013 as Sgt McCabe’s case became prominent in the media. Photograph: Collins Photos

Witness says she wanted the public to know that there was ‘another side to the man’

Extension of bankruptcy of Patrick J Daly, who resides at Ballinagore House, is being sought

Kay McLoughlin with Gerard Lowry at Dublin Castle. “I failed to appreciate that there was a significant error on the file and I failed to review the file thoroughly,” Ms McLoughlin told the tribunal. Photograph: Collins

Child and family agency failed to stop the McCabe file travelling on through the system

 Sergeant Maurice McCabe arrives at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Collins

Superintendent believed allegation should be examined outside Cavan-Monaghan division

Tribunal chairman, Mr Justice Peter Charleton (above), is due to decide on whether to allow Ms D give evidence with the public excluded. File photograph: Collins

Press can attend but must not identify woman who made claim against McCabe

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court finds that case against PAC involves matters of general public importance

 Gerard Lowry at the The Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Collins Photos

Area manager says social workers are in ‘very rushed environment’ and ‘errors are made ’

Garda  Sergeant Maurice McCabe arrives at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Colins

Charleton Tribunal told Sgt McCabe became aware of ‘serious misbehaviour’ by colleague

Gerard Lowry,  Cavan-Monaghan area manager with child and family agency Tusla. Photograph: Collins

Tusla manager told Charleton Tribunal he had not known Garda whistleblower

Social worker Laura Connolly told the Charleton tribunal she was not aware of who Sergeant Maurice McCabe was until she was contacted by the tribunal earlier this year. Photograph: Collins

Laura Connolly says false information in report was never brought to her attention

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eleven more people face trial on charges arising from water charges protest

Ibrahim Halawa is one of 494 men who were arrested and charged with offences that carry the death penalty during anti-government demonstrations in 2013.

Dublin man arrested in Cairo in 2013 faces potential death penalty over protests

Paul Murphy TD and Cllr Michael Murphy celebrate as they leave court after their acquittals in the Jobstown trial. Photograph: Collins Courts

Issue arises when multiple witnesses give same inconsistent testimony, defence argued

Leo Varadkar said people ‘need to trust what gardaí say’ on  the witness stand. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Prosecutors are worried about legal implications of Taoiseach’s call for Garda review

 Sergeant Maurice McCabe and his wife Lorraine   at the The Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Tribunal chairman, Mr Justice Peter Charleton,   said he wanted to know how soon it was discovered by the Garda that a “silly error” had been made in relation to Sgt McCabe. Photograph: Collins

Justice Charleton wants to know to what extent was the matter passed on to Garda HQ

Counselling director Fiona Ward at the The Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin on Thursday.

Counselling director said the erroneous report into Sgt McCabe ‘took on a life of its own’

Laura Brophy at the  Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Counsellor Laura Brophy being asked about error she made over allegation against Sgt McCabe

 Psychologist and counsellor Laura Brophy: When typing in  details of the allegation against Sgt McCabe, Ms Brophy left details belonging to another client, Ms Y, on the Microsoft Word document. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Error discovered when ‘emotional, angry and upset’ client contacted Rian service in Cavan

Judge Peter Charleton at Dublin Castle in February 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social worker says no credibility assessment carried out on claims by daughter of colleague

Defendants in the Jobstown trial leave the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after they were all found not guilty on charges of the false imprisonment of then-tanaiste Joan Burton at a water protest in Jobstown in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

Video evidence in trial was not subject to ‘human frailties’, judge advised jury

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland. Photograph:  Reuters

Jagland defines populism as an emotional appeal that harnesses grievance against establishment

A video was introduced by Solidarity reporter Dave Murphy.

‘It’s against the law, but we felt there is a political nature to this trial so we’d do it anyway’

 Jobstown trial defendants Michael Banks, Ken Purcell, Paul Murphy TD and Scott Masterson leave the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after they were all found not guilty on charges of the false imprisonment of then tánaiste Joan Burton at a water protest   in 2014.  Photograph:  Collins Courts

Video footage, ‘fake news’ claims and live tweeting anchor case in contemporary Ireland

Defendants in the Jobstown trial Paul Murphy TD (left) and Cllr Michael Murphy celebrate as they leave the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Thursday. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Solidarity’s Paul Murphy tweeted from courtroom, including during judge’s charge to jury

Then tánaiste Joan Burton inside a Garda car surrounded by anti-water charges protesters in Jobstown, November 2014. Egg streams down the window and a protester makes an obscene gesture. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Step-by-step account of water charges protest which erupted around then tánaiste Joan Burton

Defendants in the Jobstown trial Ken Purcell, Scott Masterson, Paul Murphy TD, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy and Michael Banks outside court after they were all found not guilty on charges of the false imprisonment of then Tánaiste Joan Burton at a water protest in Jobstown in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Defence argument focused on constitutional rights of assembly and expression

Defendants in the Jobstown trial (left to right) Michael Banks, Ken Purcell, Paul Murphy TD and Scott Masterson leave the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after being found not guilty on charges of the false imprisonment. Photograph: Collins Courts

Solidarity TD says Joan Burton tried to ‘criminalise a working class community’

Paul Murphy TD outside court following the vertdict in the Jobstown trial. Photograph: David Dunne

Paul Murphy and five co-defendants cleared over 2014 water charges protest

Ms Justice Úna Ní Raifeartaigh

Ruling may make it more complicated for banks to get summary judgment orders

Clockwise from top left: Kieran Mahon, Michael Banks, Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson, Frank Donaghy. All have pleaded not guilty.

Jury rises in case of alleged false imprisonment at protest in Tallaght

Photograph: Collins Courts.

Party says victims of miscarriages of justice and other groups should be part of process

Tom and Kathleen Devereaux. Photograph: Liveline.

Michael and Kathleen Devereaux say only one of them admitted to nursing home under Fair Deal scheme

A file image of Charles F. ‘Chuck’ Feeney, founder of Atlantic Philanthropies, before he was conferred an Honorary Degree jointly by the Universities of Ireland North and South at a ceremony in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach praises organisation for its contribution to NI peace, education, healthcare

The judiciary has been campaigning strongly against the Government’s decision to introduce a new judicial appointments regime.

Colm Keena: Separation of powers may sound dry, but is an extremely important defence

As matters stand perjury is a common law offence in Ireland but is not on the statute books. Prosecutions are very rare.

Isme calls for introduction of a perjury law to help prosecute white collar crimes

Clockwise from top left: Kieran Mahon, Michael Banks, Paul Murphy, Michael Murphy, Scott Masterson, Frank Donaghy.

Defence counsel says for evil to thrive, it is necessary for good men to do nothing

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

Jury hears claim both O’Connell and Parnell similarly prosecuted for peaceful protest

Paul Murphy and fellow accused being ‘denounced as criminals,’ counsel tells jury

Paul Murphy and five others facing charges of false imprisonment of Joan Burton

Máire Whelan: as part of her duties as AG, she had to consider which serving judges might be most suitable for promotion to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

In her role as attorney general, she had a key part to play in judicial appointments

Former attorney general Máire Whelan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Although the AG or advisory board can make recommendations, decisions rest with cabinet

Monica Leech leaving the High Court in 2009. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Analysis: Strasbourg court’s assessment should help reduce future defamation awards

Mr Justice Frank Clarke said the courts in the UK, France and Germany, all of which had significant Muslim populations, have had to deal with questions about the rights of people in polygamous marriages.

Supreme Court judge says urgent attention must be given to legislating on polygamy

The Supreme Court said the basic rule is that Ireland recognises foreign marriages unless they conflict with public policy in our law. Posed photograph: iStockPhoto

Recognition of polygamy ‘would give legal effect to discrimination and subordination’

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe arrives for the first day of the Charleton Tribunal at Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former Garda commissioner rejects statements to Charleton Tribunal by three people

High Court said what businessman wanted would have ‘chilling effect’ on parliamentary speech

The Sunday World has already apologised for an article concerning the murder of David Byrne in the Regency Hotel, Dublin, in February 2016. Photograph: PA

Newspaper made false assertion that Jonathan Hutch was charged with murder

Charges were struck out against Ken Purcell. File photograph: Collins.

Ken Purcell told he is free to go as trial continues for six others

Vulnerable adults include people living with dementia, mental health problems, physical disability or intellectual disability. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Officials believe the figures under-represent the extent of abuse that exists

File picture of the Supreme Court. The court, by a majority ruling of four to one, has decided that champerty, or litigation financing, is not legal in this jurisdiction. Photograph: Collins Courts

Persona judgment shows how contemporary litigation frustrates the right of access to courts

Former Anglo Irish director Tom Browne. It is understood the proceedings, lodged in the High Court this week, involve the couple’s family home on Brighton Road, Foxrock, in Dublin

Proceedings understood to involve family home of former Anglo director Tom Browne and wife Diane

Migrants at a rally against living conditions at refugee camps in Greece. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

Volker Türk says people of Ireland know well what is meant by flight and migration

Seán Fitzpatrick leaving the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, with  daughter Sarah, after he was acquitted of all charges.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Criticisms of EY audit ‘incompetence’ disclosed at FitzPatrick trial in absence of jury

One in five female hospital doctors have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace over the past two years, a conference heard on Thursday.

Just 16% of senior counsel and 29% of hospital consultants are women, conference told

Paul Murphy (right) and six other men are charged with falsely imprisoning former tánaiste Joan Burton during an anti-water charges protest three years ago. The other men (clockwise from top left) are: Scott Masterson, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy, Ken Purcell and Michael Banks. Photographs: Collins

Accused told gardaí the cars were detained by protesters, not the people in them

The law should be changed so that the children of people who die without making a will would be entitled to go to court to claim they are being treated unfairly in terms of their inheritance, according to a new report.

Law Reform Commission report recommends changes to Succession Act

Paul Murphy (right) and six other men are charged with falsely imprisoning former Tánaiste Joan Burton during an anti-water charges protest three years ago. The other men (clockwise from top left) are: Scott Masterson, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy, Ken Purcell and Michael Banks. Photographs: Collins

Garda tells court he was verbally abused for helping woman who stumbled

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick leaving court after he was found not guilty of 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act. Photograph: Courtpix

The former Anglo boss has been acquitted in court again following a ‘biased’ investigation

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick: The judge directed the jury to acquit Mr FitzPatrick on all charges. Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA

Judge ruled audit specialist could not give testimony as proposed evidence ‘irrelevant’

Paul Murphy (right) and six other men are charged with falsely imprisoning former Tánaiste Joan Burton during an anti-water charges protest three years ago. The other men (clockwise from top left) are: Scott Masterson, Michael Murphy, Kieran Mahon, Frank Donaghy, Ken Purcell and Michael Banks. Photographs: Collins

Richard Hansen says Paul Murphy and Michael Murphy could have opted to ‘walk away’

  Seán FitzPatrick: A judge has   ruled that a State agency tried to “build or construct” a criminal case against the former Anglo chairman. Will he sue? Photograph:   Collins Courts

Significant number of issues emerge for those linked to ‘biased’ and ‘partisan’ inquiry

Paul Appleby, former director of corporate enforcement, in 2011. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

ODCE says it has undergone ‘significant change’ since Paul Appleby’s time in charge

 Seán FitzPatrick leaves court on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

ODCE investigation into former Anglo Irish Bank chairman strongly criticised in ruling

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

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