Some of the housing included in the Ballymun rejuvenation programme. Photograph: Alan Betson

Authority gave interest-free loan to firm to fund Ballymun project and litigation

Stock image of a young reporter at work. “Back in no-low-fares, no-internet 1990, being on the Paris-based Journalists in Europe (JE) programme was like stepping into another world; or, perhaps more precisely, just stepping into the world.” File photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty

In no-low-fares, no-internet 1990, being on scheme was just like ‘stepping into the world’

Jolyon Maugham QC: raised more than £70,000 (€80,000) by  crowd funding from almost 2,000 donors to fight the case.

Leading British lawyer wants ruling on possible reversal of article 50

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick. Photograph: Collins

Former Anglo chairman has pleaded not guilty to 27 charges at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Pyrite damage: The issue  has produced a sizeable amount of litigation.  File photograph: Frank Miller

How much risk was involved in loaning money to building firm to pursue legal actions?

James Elliott Construction Ltd was contracted to do work on the Ballymun regeneration project.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ballymun Regeneration loan to James Elliott Construction given in part for legal actions

Ballaghaderreen: Combin Properties Limited, c/o Remcoll Capital, Bandon, Co Cork, bought the Abbeyfield Hotel in the town in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Company that bought disused building acquired houses in Co Roscommon town

The move by  the Kentucky-based multinational that makes Jack Daniel’s whiskey prevents companies  using “Slane” in any  brands or merchandise

EU decision prevents local businesses from using name of town in titles or products

An activist waves the Tricolour from Apollo House, Dublin, where up to 40 homeless people are being housed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Demonstrators to meet Simon Coveney after launching emergency housing plan

Applications for Irish passports made to missions in the US were up slightly this year. File photograph: Getty Images

New York sees most requests, then San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and Washington DC

Mr Justice Max Barrett said Irish courts facing summary applications should identify whether any  terms of the loan agreement at issue might be unfair for  purposes of EU regulations. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Judge accepts EU regulations should apply in AIB case against couple over unpaid loan

Lorraine Murphy and Margaret Joyce dance at the Knights of Columbanus Christmas dinner at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘I spent it sleeping. The day before I was drinking and don’t remember how it finished up’

TD Mick Wallace owns a BMW X5 valued at €3,000 and three houses which are all in negative equity. He has a debt of €290,016 to his ex-wife Mary Murphy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Wexford TD’s statement of affairs gives average after-tax income as €4,000 a month

Gangs involved in this type of theft often gather information on a chief executive or chief financial officer using material posted on Twitter and other public media.

CEO scam involves email requests with bogus payment instructions from inside the firm

Independent TD Joan Collins: Had maintained the promissory notes were impermissibly issued without a Dáil vote. Photograph: Collins

Independent TD challenged minister for finance’s issuing of €31bn in 2009 for bank debt

An Oireachtas committee recommended that minor complaints to Gsoc be dealt with by gardaí.

Oireachtas Justice group recommends expanding Policing Authority’s remit

A garda  performing a breath test on an actor as part of a road safety campaign. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Commission admits it is difficult to ascertain what legislation is at any given time

Former Fine Gael TD Seán Conlan: The judge remanded him on continuing bail to January 9th, when a date will be set for a sentencing hearing. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

Court told of alleged pub arguments over water charges and Heather Humphreys

Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a Moscow court in 2010. The oligarch was imprisoned subsequently and his funds frozen. Photograph: EPA

Russian Federation ‘disappointed’ at Ireland’s decision to release oligarch’s €100m

Gardaí and forensic investigators at the scene of a fatal shooting in Griffeen Valley Park, Dublin, over the weekend. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mark Desmond had suffered number of gunshot wounds and died at scene

Mick Barry TD told the Anti-Austerity Alliance  conference he would like to see “the major wealth in society under public ownership and democratic control”. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Party’s main objective is putting end to ‘rule of the 1 per cent’, says Cork TD Mick Barry

 The suspected getaway vehicle used in the murder of Mark Desmond pictured on a lane in Lucan, Dublin  on Saturday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Host of suspects as many would have wanted to see criminal Mark Desmond killed, source says

Denis O’Brien: in Ireland, the structures put in place include article 15.13 of the Constitution, which is key to the O’Brien case. Photograph: Alan Betson

Case stems from businessman’s fury his banking details were disclosed in the Dáil

 Denis O’ Brien at   the High Court where he is pursuing a case  in relation to  remarks made about his  banking affairs in the Dáil. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Denis O’Brien facing problems arguing against freedom of speech for TDs

Denis O’Brien was not suing TDs Catherine Murphy and Pearse Doherty nor looking for damages, but wanted the court to delineate “what can and can’t be done”, said his counsel. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael Cush tells court it is fundamentally important to define rights of the Oireachtas

Denis O’Brien is taking legal action against Dáil Committee on Procedures and Privileges and the State. Photograph: David Sleator

Businessman claims Oireachtas strayed into arena of administration of justice

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former owner of Russian oil giant Yukos: spent years in jail after falling foul of the Kremlin.  Photograph:  Matej Divizna/Getty Images

Dissident former billionaire Khodorkovsky says money flowed from oil giant Yukos

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said the children’s rights constitutional amendment should apply to  the unborn.  Photograph: Derek Bromhall/Photolibrary

Analysis: State seeks clarity on whether foetus entitled to more than simple right to life

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government dispute centres on proposals concerning role of judges in selection process

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: €100 million from Yukos dividends is in  an Irish-domiciled fund, the custodian of which is an Irish subsidiary of BNY Mellon. Photographer: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Former Russian oligarch had sought assurances that he would not be arrested

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: has made an application in the District Court for the unfreezing of funds first frozen in March 2011 under Irish money-laundering legislation. Photograph: Gianluca Colla/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Trip part of investigation into possible money-laundering of funds domiciled in Ireland

 Mikhail Khodorkovsky  in the defendants’ box during a court session in Moscow in 2011. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

District Court hearing application by Russian oligarach to unfreeze €100 million

Mikhail Khodorkovsky  spent 10 years in a Russian prison colony. Photograph: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

Fraud investigation centres on €100m frozen in Irish-domiciled funds for almost six years

Former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Ex-Russian oligarch seeks release of €100m frozen in 2011 at the request of gardaí

Chief Justice Susan Denham: at the weekend she rejected Shane Ross’s recent criticism of the judiciary as being opposed to reform.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Judges angered by Minister’s presence at meeting with Frances Fitzgerald last week

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross: has not just been using unnecessarily provocative language but has also shown a careless attitude towards accuracy when discussing judicial reform. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Neither Minister nor judiciary are on solid ground on slow pace of reform

Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Garda action “was the only state action in the free world” based on his Russian convictions.  Photograph: Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Mikhail Khodorkovsky says Ireland only state that acted on his conviction

Law firms are looking at flexible working conditions as well as remuneration as part of their strategy for keeping good staff

Economy identified by almost half of respondents as key area of concern over next 12 months

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross: appeared to contradict views he expressed as to the judiciary’s attitude to a judicial council. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister says the Chief Justice has pushed for judicial council ‘for a very long time’

Chief Justice Susan Denham. The judge said it had been stated that the judiciary were fighting change ‘when the opposite is the case’. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chief Justice appears to respond to controversial comments by Shane Ross

Mikhail Khodorkovsky:  If the money is freed, some of it could be used to fund his Open Russia movement, which advocates democracy.   Photograph: Bartek Sadowski/Bloomberg

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was jailed by Putin, says money is linked to share dealings

 Ibrihim Halawa before his detention: he and 493 others have been put on mass trial on serious charges which could result in life imprisonment or the death penalty

Egyptian president al-Sisi pardons 82 prisoners but Irish man (20) not among them

An anti-corruption protest in Moscow recently. The scale of corporate raiding in Russia was undermining its ability to attract foreign investment, limiting economic growth, and integration with the international economy, a Dublin audience has heard. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/Getty Images

Vladimir Putin’s Russia ‘ very disordered’

Rubbish dumped near Cabinteely, Co Dublin. Local authorities sometimes arrange for CCTV cameras to be put near sites used by repeat offenders. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lawyer and local authorities say six-month legal cut-off point often scuppers convictions

Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus: said the largest number of requests for case decision reasons was in relation to sexual offences.

Prosecutor’s office received 554 requests in past year about reasons for case decisions

The Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum. The shortage of beds for people with psychiatric illnesses means that a lot more severely unwell people are appearing before the courts charged with serious crimes, a conference in Dublin heard on Saturday.

Only way for people with mental illnesses to access beds is through courts, conference told

The trial of Ibrahim Halawa has been adjourned for the 16th time.

Trial of Irishman jailed in Egypt since August 2013 is adjourned until his 21st birthday

A military parade in Moscow. A russian dispute has made it to the Irish High Court.

Firm with Dublin address claimed to have central role in attempt to seize Russian assets

Among the defendants in the proceedings lodged this week in Dublin is Yulia Bolotnikova, whom Toaz says is a lawyer who works for Mazepin’s company Uralchem

Irish court records show defamation action against Eurotoaz was lodged in 2010

A statutory definition of consent is to be brought by way of an amendment to the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill.

Government moves as Supreme Court dismisses appeal by man who raped his mother

Mr Justice Peter Charleton  said every jury was “entrusted . . .  to judge what the accused claims as to his mistaken belief against their view of what an ordinary or reasonable man would have realised in the circumstances”. Photograph: iStock

‘Reasonable man’ ruling will add to calls for legislation on definition of consent and rape

The claim is against, amongst others, Dmitry Mazepin (48), a Moscow-based native of Minsk, Belarus, and the majority owner of Uralchem, a major producer of ammonia.

High Court case involves accusations of ‘corporate raiding’

Independent TD Mick Wallace has criticised sale of NI ‘Project Eagle’ loan portfolio by Nama to Cerberus. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Wexford TD, a regular Nama critic, will not lose Dáil seat if application succeeds

 GlaxoSmithKline:  says  sales of its meningitis vaccine   Bexsero  doubled in the third quarter, forcing the company to race to bring new manufacturing capacity online Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

GSK’s Bexsero the only vaccine for now and is struggling to meet demand

Terence ‘Khalid’ Kelly, from the Liberties in Dublin, used to work in Doheny & Nesbitt pub on Baggot Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Irish jihadi ended life as Isis suicide bomber after conversion to Islam while in Saudi jail

Khalid Kelly – born Terence  Kelly  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

State had applied to deport Middle Eastern man suspected of being senior Isil operative

Khalid Kelly (born Terence Edward Kelly) was reportedly killed on Friday in a suicide bombing attack near Mosul. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish-born Islamist ‘deserves to be in hell’ over violent acts, Muslim cleric says

 Law Society president Stuart Gilhooly: “There has been no big increase in claims or awards to warrant rises of 70 per cent in the average premium over the last three years.” File photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Law Society criticises AIG research saying one in five know someone who exaggerated claim

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Collins

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman has pleaded not guilty to 27 charges

Developer Seán Dunne said he bought Walford on Shrewsbury Road in Dublin in trust for his wife, Gayle Killilea and as a potential family home or potential site. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Developer told official assignee he bought Dublin house in trust for his wife

Gayle Killilea (above) “wasn’t prepared to sit back” and see Seán Dunne’s ex-wife rank ahead of her,he said. File photograph: Collins

Wife ‘wasn’t prepared to sit back’ and see his ex-wife rank ahead of her, says developer

Séan Dunne and his wife, Gayle Killilea, at home in Ballsbridge, Dublin, in 2008. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Irish official assignee sceptical about businessman’s answers, transcript reveals

Developer Seán Dunne: “We didn’t physically inspect the property because we didn’t want anyone to know we were looking at it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Developer tells bankruptcy official he viewed Shrewsbury Road house from outside

Prof Michael Flaherty said the current focus was on Calais, above, but there were a dozen other such camps, notably in Greece but also in Italy, where the situation was equally dramatic. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Prof Michael O’Flaherty of EU Fundamental Rights Agency says there are few exceptions

Migrants with  luggage queue to leave the Jungle migrant camp being shut down in Calais, France,  October 24st, 2016. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

‘In Europe there are a lot of voices challenging very fundamentals of human rights’

The Department of  of Justice and Equality said there was an “unprecedented” upsurge in EU treaty rights applications. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Surge in applications for UK citizens’ spouses coming from Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan

About 500 people have turned up for a march in Rathfarnham  to mark 30 years to the day since the disappearance of Philip Cairns - on October 23rd, 1986. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

About 500 people mark 30 years to the day since disappearance on October 23rd, 1986

Seán Dunne: transfers of €62 million to his wife, Gayle Killilea, were made when he was “solvent to the extent of hundreds of millions”. Photograph: Steve Miller.

Bankrupt property developer opposes High Court application for bankruptcy payment

A file image of former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick, arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Judge told two members of specially enlarged jury faced insurmountable difficulties

 Louise O’Keeffe: her battle to have the State held liable for the abuse she suffered  led to the ECHR ruling in 2014. Photograph:  Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

ECHR ruling on State liability for sex abuse in schools had little effect on public finances

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission: “The commission has an important role to play in ensuring that judgments of the European Court of Human Rights concerning Ireland are fully implemented.” Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Human rights group claims State is not meeting obligations to victims of school abuse

Margaret Murphy’s son Kevin died at the Mercy Hospital in Cork in 1999. Photograph: Provision

Margaret Murphy says staff are anxious about ‘putting their head above the parapet’

File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

‘Ireland had done well over the past 100 years and could do a lot better in the coming hundred’

 A Clare man has won his battle to retain the right of access to Doonbeg beach by walking across Donald Trump’s luxury golf course. File photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Authority ordered to pay costs to Clare man after argument over right-of-way at Doonbeg

Doonbeg golf course, where the council’s plans to abolish a right-of-way led all the way to the Supreme Court. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Clare council ordered to pay man €150,000 in case over right-of-way at Trump course

A pension of €88,000 would cost €5.6 million if bought in the marketplace by a person aged 60.

High payments made to civil servants have values most people do not realise

Half of practitioners working in the Workplace Relations Commission are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with how it is operating, a survey has found. File photograph: Getty Images

Employment law association finds many say new system is worse than one it replaced

 The secretary of the Association of Judges of Ireland, Mr Justice John Edwards, said changes should not be rushed. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

High Court judge criticises Cabinet decision to halt appointments until new law passed

Michael D Higgins cuts a tape to launch the Picture Palace cinema at Lower Merchants Road in Galway in July 2009. Included in the photograph is Lelia Doolan. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Project founder Lelia Doolin says aim was to create “civic facility” for people of Galway

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Collins

15-member jury empanelled for case which could last up to three months

Another proposed law would also focus on the posting of intimate images or video online and target what the commission says is a new form of voyeurism. Photograph: Getty Images

Commissioner could direct social media sites to comply and take down harmful material

Groupchats were identified as an area where bullying could occur. Photograph: Getty Images

Commission notes Cyberbullying, catfishing, hate speech and pornography in document

Former Chairman of Anglo Irish bank, Sean FitzPatrick, arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

FitzPatrick charged with misleading auditors in relation to multi-million euro loans

A judicial council could investigate complaints against judges, and make recommendations ranging from seeking an apology to impeachment, while maintaining the constitutionally guaranteed independence of the judiciary. File photograph: Getty Images

Concept of body to look into concerns over the judiciary has been mooted for 20 years

In a statement issued to mark the beginning of the new legal year, Chief Justice Susan Denham said there was “a distinct loss of momentum” on the issue of setting up a judicial council. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Susan Denham: Failure to create body affects judiciary’s relations with Cabinet

The island of Canouan in the Caribbean.

Bahamas Leaks: Businessman is connected to same island as Dermot Desmond project

Businessman’s associates are acting as directors of six companies in tax haven

Shell E & P Ireland Offshore Inc, a company with an address in Nassau, has had a number of Irish directors over the years, starting in 2000. The company is associated with the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo. Photograph:  Shell E&P Ireland Limited

Shell E&P Ireland Offshore Inc associated with Corrib gas project

Neelie Kroes: it is ironic that the former competition commissioner with the European Commission is one of the names that emerged from the ICIJ’s perusal of the Bahamas registry

‘Secrecy jurisdictions’ are a magnet for people and firms that want to hide what they are up to for whatever reason

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Frank Daly and Alan Dukes among witnesses to give evidence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

Some Opposition parties have called on the Government to pay back Irish Water customers if water charges, which are currently suspended, are abolished

Giving back the €162m already paid to Irish Water by customers fraught with difficulty

The application was brought by Jaafar Al Hasabi, who says he was tortured while in detention in Bahrain. Photograph: PA

Jaafar Al Hasabi claims official extended detention despite knowing he faced torture

 Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus: said  her office is independent of Government and of the investigators, whether they be the Garda or the various regulatory agencies.

DPP says breaches of ethical standards and human rights risk derailing prosecuctions

Michael Noonan: the report is due to be published on Wednesday after the Minister  has briefed his Cabinet colleagues. PhotographFilip S/EPAinger

Michael Noonan to publish study as claims fuel cross-party call for inquiry

Last week it was reported that Denmark had paid approximately €1.3m for access to files concerning up to 600 Danes.

Several tax authorities approached by source with access to key details on data

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Labour Party have all called for a commission of inquiry into the sale by the National Assets Management Agency  of its property portfolio in Northern Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

‘Irish Times’ reports C&AG fears Nama may have lost ‘hundreds of millions’ in asset sale

The cost of car insurance is said to have increased by 70 per cent over the past three years. Photograph:  Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images

If the State wants to reform the sector, it needs to start gathering some basic data

Denis Casey, the former head of Irish Life and Permanent (ILP), and Willie McAteer and John Bowe, both former Anglo executives, were found guilty of conspiring to make Anglo’s books look €7.2 billion healthier than they actually were. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Denis Casey, Willie McAteer, John Bowe were found guilty of distorting Anglo results

The judiciary contemplated  suing the government over cuts to judges’ pay during the financial crisis. File photograph: Getty Images

Mid-financial crisis move would have led to rift between executive and judiciary

Liam Herrick, an adviser to President Michael D Higgins. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

President’s adviser and former director of Irish Penal Reform Trust to take role in November

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