Minister for Children James Reilly and USI president Laura Harmon at an event in Dublin on Monday to encourage students to register to vote in the Mariage Equality Referendum.

Same-sex couples can be assessed to adopt

 Dublin District Family Court: Judge Brendan Toale said while reading the girl’s text messages might seem “a minor issue”, it could undermine her placement in the unit. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Judge says that teenage girl in residential care unit entitled to ‘a degree of privacy’

Dr Conor O’Mahony, a senior lecturer in Constitutional law and child law at University College Cork said “some judges are much quicker to make orders than others and some are potentially a bit too quick”. Image: screengrab via Youtube

Success rate for applications varies from 66 to 99 per cent in study of three counties

Graham Dwyer’s legal team is likely to focus on the procurement of telephone records and on questioning in custody. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Grounds for appeal, to be heard within the year, were laid throughout trial

The relationship between Graham Dwyer and Elaine O’Hara was unlike any relationship ever seen in an Irish court, and it revealed more about the two than either had ever told their loved ones.

The relationship between Graham Dwyer and Elaine O’Hara began in late 2007; its nature was largely revealed through more than 2,60(...)

Members of the Garda investigations team leaving court after a jury found Graham Dwyer guilty of the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Judge said he agreed with guilty verdict ‘110 per cent’ and sentence will be on April 20th

Remy Farrell: Defence counsel  for Graham Dwyer

Graham Dwyer’s counsel tried to have case dismissed in closing days of murder trial

Graham Dwyer has remained in custody since he was arrested  on October 17th, 2013.

Dwyer charged with Elaine O’Hara’s murder and detained after initial day of questioning

 Elaine O’Hara: She had extremely low self-esteem, believed herself to be worthless and valueless, and was prone to self-harm.

Elaine O’Hara profile: Depression and personality disorder featured in troubled life

Jury had been deliberating for three days

 Graham Dwyer:    has pleaded not guilty to murdering Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Judge orders that there should be no publication of juror names or details

Graham Dwyer:  Has pleaded not guilty to murdering Elaine O’Hara (36) on August 22nd, 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Judge emphasises gravity of undertaking: ‘It’s over to you. And I wish you well’

Mr Justice Tony Hunt: “Circumstantial evidence can of course prove things beyond reasonable doubt, but mathematical accuracy doesn’t come into it.” Photograph: Collins

Mr Justice Tony Hunt tells jury of several issues requiring attention in further detail

Graham Dwyer (42) has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering Elaine O’Hara (36) on August 22nd, 2012.

Jury members sent home for night and to resume working towards verdict at 11am

Elaine O’Hara’s brother John O’Hara, her father Frank O’Hara and his partner, Sheila Hawkins, at Dublin Central Criminal Court on Tuesday.

‘Suicidal thoughts were there, and there very close to the end,’ says Mr Justice Tony Hunt

Graham Dwyer is accused of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara on August 22nd, 2012. Photograph: PA

Judge says proof of having unusual fantasies does not constitute a crime, and that the jury has one question to consider: whethe(...)

Graham Dwyer: Mr Justice Hunt said the jury  should consider all of the evidence, guard against distorting facts to fit the proposition and be satisfied no explanation other than guilt was compatible with the circumstances. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jury told to make an ‘antiseptic decision’ on murder accused by Mr Justice Tony Hunt

Defence counsel Remy Farrell: told jurors in the trial of Graham Dwyer that they must first decide if Elaine O’Hara was murdered at all. Photograph: Courtpix

‘Not a screed of evidence’ about cause of death, says defence in closing statement

File photograph of Graham Dwyer. Prosecution SC in Mr Dwyer’s trial, Seán Guerin, said during his closing statement that he would show that Mr Dwyer intended to murder Elaine O’Hara. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Séan Guerin SC to complete closing statement at Central Criminal Court

Prosecutor Seán Guerin, who told the jury in the Graham Dwyer trial that two mobile phones used to send text messages to Elaine O’Hara mirrored the life of Mr Dwyer and were “stuck to him like a shadow”. Photograph: Collins

Graham Dwyer a sadist who hid wickedness behind mask of pity, says prosecutor

Mary Crosbie at the  Central Criminal Court yesterday after she gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins Courts

Sheep farmers could not recall dead sheep in April 2011 when asked by gardaí

Graham Dwyer, a 42-year-old architect from Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, is charged with murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36) on August 22nd, 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prosecution case ends after 37 days, 194 witnesses and more than 320 exhibits

Some of the women in video clips found on Graham Dwyer’s hard drive were “professional”, a jury has been told at the Central Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins.

Counsel questions detective about garda leaks to media during architect’s time in custody

An address book owned by Elaine O’Hara contained an 083 phone number under the name ‘Graham’, a jury at the Central Criminal Court has heard

Court told Dwyer’s 087 phone had images of women being stabbed, strangled and killed

Det Sgt Peter Woods after giving evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Collins Courts

‘I’m confident I didn’t kill anybody,’ Dwyer said in interview at Blackrock Garda station

Court told video showed plastic bag being placed over Elaine O’Hara’s head.

Garda tells of footage found on an external hard drive seized from Dwyer’s home

Graham Dwyer,  who was asked about two images  of a girl (17)  immobilised, stabbed and killed on a bed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Link to email address of Elaine O’Hara also found on work phone

On Wednesday, Seán Guerin SC, prosecuting, took crime and policing analyst Sarah Skedd (above) through text messages between two mobile phones, known as the master and slave phones, recovered from the Vartry reservoir in Roundwood, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Court Collins

Master phone to slave phone: ‘If anything happens to you, who knows about me?’

Seán Guerin SC, for the prosecution, took crime and policing analyst Sarah Skedd through the text messages. Photograph: Collins

‘You have a big punishment coming up, knife in the guts’

More than 2,600 text messages were sourced from Elaine O’Hara’s iPhone and from an 083 number allegedly used by Graham Dwyer.

Trial hears text read: ‘I will give you a baby in return for play with fake knife’

Crime and policing analyst Sarah Skedd at Dublin Central Criminal Court after she gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer yesterday. Photograph: Court Collins.

Text to Elaine O’Hara, ‘Lots of people have stabbed and got away with it, why not me?’

Graham Dwyer:  The prosecution alleges he killed Elaine O’Hara for his own sexual gratification. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Judge empties court and advises jury to ‘strip away emotions’ on viewing disturbing footage

A text message from Elaine O’Hara in which she allegedly tells Graham Dwyer: “I’m not into blood anymore,” was among more than 400 read to a jury at the Central Criminal Court

Text read to court from an 083 number says: ‘I got this phone just so it couldn’t be traced’

Graham Dwyer denies murdering Elaine O’Hara

Members of the public excluded from court due to graphic nature of video clips

Graham Dwyer (42), an architect from Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, denies  murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36) on August 22nd, 2012.

Court is cleared as jury hears detailed evidence of contents from computer files

The Central Criminal Court  heard Darci Day (above), from Maine, had communicated with Graham Dwyer over the internet in 2010 and 2011, though they never actually met.

‘Having been responsible for creating three lives, wasn’t I entitled to take just one?’

A judge in the trial of murder-accused Graham Dwyer has issued a warning to the public about tweeting matters from court discussed in the absence of the jury.

Judge warns public that next time ‘someone is going to spend time in jail for contempt’

Graham Dwyer trial has been told that a  phone  referred to as “master phone” and one of a pair recovered by gardaí from the Varty Reservoir, had been  topped up with credit from Jones’s Deli on Baggot St, opposite A & D Wejchert Architects, where Mr Dwyer worked.

Graham Dwyer’s work phone did not connect to any mast for four hours on same day

Darci Day who was in contact with Graham Dwyer: she said she knew he had an intimate relationship with Elaine O’Hara

“He wanted to have sex and then cut my throat until I lost consciousness,” jury told

Graham Dwyer: Darci Day said he told her he cut Ms O’Hara in the stomach. “I didn’t think he was actually serious about it. If I had any idea he was serious I would have done something about it.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Darci Day says Dwyer said he cut O’Hara during sex and had fantasy about killing her

Darci Day who was in contact with Graham Dwyer: she said she knew he had an intimate relationship with Elaine O’Hara

“He wanted to have sex and then cut my throat until I lost consciousness,” jury told

Graham Dwyer: An 083 phone allegedly used by him often used the same  mast cells as his work phone. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There were 64 contacts between ‘master’ and ‘slave’ phones on day O’Hara disappeared

Sarah Skedd leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court after she gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph:  Court Collins

Elaine of Hara told friend she was pregnant by bisexual man but miscarried in early 2012

Darci Day gave evidence to the court via live television link from Maine in the US and said Graham  Dwyer told her he cut Elaine O’Hara in the stomach.

Court hears accused claimed Elaine O’Hara asked him to kill her

Graham Dwyer (left) and Elaine O’Hara

Graham Dwyer sent 847 text messages to alleged victim over two years

Telecoms engineer produces maps showing the particular coverage area for phone network “cells”, carried on phone masts  through which phone calls are made.

Toll records tracing movements of murder accused’s cars entered in evidence

A forensic scientist has told the murder trial of Graham Dwyer that semen matching that of the accused was found on three parts of Elaine O’Hara’s mattress

Beanbag cover ‘stab or cut’ and blood matching that of Elaine O’Hara

Graham Dwyer (42), an architect from Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, is charged with murdering Elaine O’Hara (36), from Stepaside, Co Dublin, on August 22nd, 2012.

Dwyer spent Wednesdays at Roundwood flying club, Gemma Dwyer tells court

The murder trial of south Dublin architect Graham Dwyer has this morning heard evidence of a diary entry by Elaine O’Hara that said “the urge to cut is very great”.

Detective gives evidence outlining some of Ms O’Hara’s activity on BDSM website

Det Garda Brid Wallace leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court after she gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Court/Collins

Images of dead bodies found in folder entitled ‘Dead’ on computer

Witness Emer McShea at Dublin Central Criminal Court where she gave evidence at the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Court Collins.

Books on killing found on Elaine O’Hara’s laptop, court hears

Witness Mandy Wroblewski leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court after giving evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins Courts

The 083 phone had been purchased under the name ‘Garoon Caisholn’

Architect Graham Dwyer (42) has denied murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36) on August 22nd, 2012

Court hears that ‘slave’ document and images of ‘mutilated bodies’ discovered

Det Sgt Andrew Browne leaving court after he gave evidence  in the trial of Graham Dwyer who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O’Hara in August 2012. Photograph: Courtpix

Phone number attributed to ‘Graham’ and ‘David’ on O’Hara’s computer read to court

The trial of Graham Dwyer is to resume before a jury at the Central Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Legal arguments to take place in absence of jury on both Monday and Tuesday

Witness Detective Garda Eimear Nevin leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court after she gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins Courts

Clinical nurse was aware O’Hara ‘took part in strange sexual practices with strangers’

Graham Dwyer (42 - left), an architect from Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, is charged with murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36 - right), on August 22nd, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty.

O’Hara was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and depression

Rosetta Callan, a witness in the trial of Graham Dwyer, said Elaine O’Hara told her about a man who was interested in bondage and who she was “pissed off” about. Photograph: Collins Courts

Trial told ‘Elaine just wanted to be loved; she wanted some attention’

Witness Robert Cullen Jones said he met Elaine O’Hara on  ‘a website for people who like being submissive and dominant’. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Graham Dwyer trial: Case hears from six men about contacts through websites

Graham Dwyer is accused of the murder of Elaine O’Hara

Court hears details of attendance records at Dublin architect’s office on day of death

Graham Dwyer (42) of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock in Dublin 18, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O’Hara on 22 August 2012 Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Buck Special 119 knife delivered day before gardaí believe Elaine O’Hara was killed

Graham Dwyer (42), a south Dublin architect, is charged with murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36). He has pleaded not guilty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gardaí believed delivery of internet-ordered knife was ‘hugely significant’

Items seized during a search of Mr Dwyer’s home  included documents from the District Court related to family law proceedings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Most people seen on apartment block CCTV ‘remain unidentified’, jury told

Graham Dwyer (42) of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock in Dublin 18, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O’Hara on 22 August 2012. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court hears footage from Elaine O’Hara’s apartment block shows ‘many’ unidentified people

The footage showed Graham Dwyer at the building between January and August 2012, the trial heard on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí filled eight log books with details of footage from 10 cameras, says detective

 Graham  Dwyer (42) is charged with murdering childcare worker Elaine O’Hara (36), on August 22nd, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Audi and Land Rover taken from outside home in Foxrock for technical examination

Witnesses (L-R) Garda Lorcan Byrne, Garda Enda Brodrick and Garda Jerry McGroarty of the Garda Water Unit, after giving evidence at the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins Courts

Garda Water Unit found glasses during search of Vartry Reservoir

Anthropologist Laureen Buckley leaving the Central Criminal Court after she gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins

Blood stains and ‘puncture cuts’ found on mattress in deceased’s apartment

Remy Farrell SC, who is defending Dublin architect Graham Dwyer who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O’Hara in August, 2012. Photograph: Collins Courts

Witnesses tell counsel of discoveries made at Elaine O’Hara’s home and where body was found

  Garda James Codd leaving Dublin Central Criminal Court after he gave evidence in the trial of Graham Dwyer. Photograph: Collins Courts

Woman found bones of Elaine O’Hara while searching for dog on Killakee Mountain

Elaine O’Hara’s sister Anne Charles and brother John O’Hara at the Central Criminal Court on Monday. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Brother of deceased tells court of his ‘shock’ that late sister was interested in ‘S&M’

File photograph of Elaine O’Hara. The remains of the childcare worker, from Stepaside, in Dublin, were found in the Dublin mountains on September 13th, 2013. Photograph: PA

Dead woman said she was seeing a married architect from Foxrock who tied her up, jury told

Graham Dwyer (42) is charged with murdering Elaine O’Hara (36), in Co Dublin on August 22nd, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty.  Photograph: Collins Courts

‘Blood turns me on and I’d like to stab a girl to death sometime,’ accused allegedly text

Graham Dwyer: prosecution claim that he ‘elaborated carefully and thoughtfully about a range of ideas of how he could kill a woman and get away with it’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Graham Dwyer had ‘passionately held desire to get sexual gratification by stabbing’

 Killakee in the Dublin Mountains where the body of Elaine O’Hara was found. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Alleged murder victim last seen crossing railway bridge to beach, trial hears

Each set of divorce proceedings fits somewhere on a spectrum between civility and acrimony and each couple’s experience of the courts depends on the choices they make about their approach. Divorce cases can take less than five minutes or more than five years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ugly scenes in court when couples get chance to air their grievances

The East Pier at Dún Laoghaire. The  plan for an urban beach at the pier includes an artificial beach and cafe. Photograph: Frank Miller

Bill of €156,000 for design and planning to be debated at special council meeting

The Department of Social Protection has said it will examine an audit on training schemes for jobseekers in which the instructors themselves were on JobBridge internship and Tús trainee schemes.

Departmet of Social Protection report into €6m Job Club schemes raises concerns

A man who said his wife’s behaviour was interfering with his confidence, self-esteem and health has been refused a domestic violence order at the Dublin Circuit Family Court.

Man claimed wife’s behaviour was interfering with his confidence, self-esteem and health

Patrick Honohan, governor of the Central Bank, arriving at the Dáil for the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Governor says government should have considered liquidation of Anglo instead of bank guarantee

Labour’s Ciaran Lynch is chairman of the banking inquiry. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Money went on ‘buildings nobody wanted to live in’, says governor of Central Bank

Brian Lenihan wanted to nationalise Anglo and INBS on night of bank guarantee in 2008

Photograph: The judge was told the girl’s name would be placed on the “child protection register”. Photograph: Reuters

Judge satisfied every effort made to engage with ‘extremely vulnerable young person’

William Prior, chief executive  of the Phoenix Project: “I went into houses over Christmas giving hampers donated to us . . . the houses were freezing, people were trying to pay their mortgages.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Charity warns homeowners in debt are ‘starving’ and ‘freezing’ to pay mortgages

Judge  Caroline Costello. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Co Meath couple had hoped to receive money from a son who had gone to Australia

Dún Laoghaire baths, which are also slated for refurbishment. Photograph: Pat Langan

Council will pay more than €156,000 for design and planning costs incurred so far

Mother did not have capacity to apply for legal aid, Dublin District Family Court told

The young teenager, who came into care more than four months ago, has been living with a foster family in Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

Concerns raised about whether Irish court has jurisdiction in childcare case

Tony O’Brien’s comments come as more than 600 on trolleys in emergency units

Teenager requested counselling to help understand her mother’s psychiatric problems

The case is one of 26 childcare cases due for publication, bringing to 101 the number published by the Child Care Law Reporting Project. Photograph: Getty Images/Comstock Images

Judge criticises ‘inordinate, inexcusable and entirely unacceptable’ delays in case

Racegoers cheer on the horses on the second day of the Leopardstown festival Photograph:     Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dún-Laoghaire-Rathdown council made payment of €30,000 to race meeting

Four Courts Dublin: male judges’ average expenses exceeded those of female judges in every one of the six years for which figures were supplied by the Courts Service, as well as in every court. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Irish Times

Average claim by male judges was €11,675 and €5,880 by women over six years to 2013

The woman said that after hacking her email and finding out she had been having an affair, her partner chased her around the house, punching and hitting her. Photograph: Collins

Partner picked her up and threw her across kitchen, Dublin District Family Court hears

Family Court: Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin heard a 30-week-pregnant woman was woken  by her husband who then pushed her into the living room and ordered her to undress. Photograph:  Stephen Collins

Woman tells court her husband has been beating her ‘since Christmas night’

Former taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and his wife, Joan. She approved the menu for the State dinner. Photograph: Jack McManus

Taoiseach’s office refurbished ‘in a style suitable for a tête-a-tête’ for 1984 visit

The then minister for finance Alan Dukes warned of “further and immediate cuts” in spending and an increase in interest rates. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times

Secret memo from September 1984 said public finances not ‘assured’ until end of year

An undated image of the Ford factory in Cork. In 1984, the company announced 800 of its 1,000 employees would lose their jobs.

Taoiseach wrote to Irish managing director to complain about lack of consultation

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