An out-of-court scheme would be significantly less costly than having the estimated total 1,200 cases individually litigated. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The High Court ruled this week the practice breached an ex-prisoner’s right to privacy

The judge found Mountjoy Prison management and staff were ‘conscious of the undesirability of the regime they had to enforce’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The judgment is a serious criticism of prison authorities and will affect hundreds of cases

The slopping out regime was condemned in 1993 by the European Committee on the Prevention of Torture. Photograph: David Sleator

Judge opts not to award damages to Gary Simpson as some claims ‘grossly exaggerated’

There was no in-cell sanitation and no running water but basins and other receptacles were provided for prisoners  to urinate and defecate into and for washing, the court heard.

Court to rule whether State liable after man claims rights violated by lack of cell sanitation

Daughter of Don Cockburn Evelyn Cockburn (wearing red scarf) during the funeral of former RTÉ newsreader Don Cockburn at the Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ex-RTÉ anchor was a deeply religious man who loved his family, community, radio and poetry, mourners hear

KBC rejected a proposed personal insolvency arrangement sought by a couple with three young children.

Judge finds couple cannot represent themselves after KBC rejects their debt deal

Trinity College Dublin has climbed several places in the Times Higher Education world university rankings for 2018. Photograph: iStock

Brexit offers ‘opportunities’ for Irish universities but funding increases are necessary

The organisation caring for the man is concerned about his apparent lack of discernment in his use of internet sites, evidenced by his use of a site used by teenagers, an escort services site and one used by gay men.

Ward of court, in his 30s, fixated on finding a partner but carers fear he lacks discernment

Mr Justice Charles Meenan said the most that was admitted by the plaintiffs was that some of the men knew each other “to see”

High Court rejects appeal of Circuit Court decision awarding sums to seven men

Phased dispensing is used to prevent excessive or incorrect dosing by the patient.  Photograph: PA Wire

HSE currently taking its own case over pharmacy’s alleged non-compliance with rules

A judge has decided ‘with greate to allow a disabled woman to remain in conditions of ‘squalor and chaos’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

High Court decision made with great reluctance says judge

A woman who was attacked by two boxer dogs has been awarded more than €234,000 in damages. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Dogs repeatedly bit the woman and knocked her down during the incident on a rural road

Independent TD Mick Wallace. Photograph: Collins Courts

Proceedings against TD and his son relate to their stewardship of MJ Wallace Ltd

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, giving the court’s judgment, held the report amounted to information “on” an economic analysis or analyses used in the framework of a measure – the National Broadband Plan – which itself affected, or was likely to affect, the environment.

Court of Appeal rejects view report does not contain ‘environmental information’

Stephen Minch had originally challenged a December 2014 refusal to release the broadband report. Photograph: iStock

Stephen Minch wanted to access report on roll-out of high-speed broadband

Chief Justice Susan Denham pictured in 1996 presenting a report on legislative reform to the then government,  and earlier this week presenting the annual report of the Courts Service. Photographs: Pat Langan Garreth Chaney Collins

First woman to hold State’s highest judicial office Susan Denham retires after 25 years

 Susan Denham who had last formal sitting in the Supreme Court on Friday as Chief Justice. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

Successive governments have failed to set up Judicial Council, Susan Denham notes

Martin McDonagh: the Sligo man’s libel case against the ‘Sunday World’ newspaper has been running for 17 years, said his counsel, Declan Doyle SC. Photograph: Collins Courts

Supreme Court was about to rule €900,000 award to Martin McDonagh was ‘excessive’

Margaret Browne’s son Darren died 20 minutes after birth in 1998

A rapist  wins his  challenge to the constitutionality of a law stopping the payment of the  contributory old age pension to people from the date of their imprisonment. Photograph: David Sleator

Man (76) in jail for sexually assaulting family member says he cannot afford tuck, clothes

Ian Bailey leaving the Four Courts on Wednesday after the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court of Appeal upholds High Court dismissal of Bailey’s claim of garda conspiracy

 Liquidation of FCR Media Ltd would mean a €8.9 million deficit of liabilities over assets, the High Court was told. Photograph: iStock

Firm’s owner says 2018-2019 may be appropriate time to cease directory publication

Ian Bailey arriving at the Cour of Appeal in the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Decision paves way for a possible fresh trial on issue of disclosure of information by gardaí

A secondary school has won a High Court order quashing a direction requiring it to enrol a student.

Family moved boy to ‘feeder’ school after talks with now ex- principal of secondary facility

 Mr Justice Brian McGovern said, because Ben Gilroy (above) admitted criminal contempt and had apologised and consented to a community service order, the court considered such an order, subject to a suitable report from a probation officer, the appropriate punishment instead of three months imprisonment.  File photograph: Alan Betson

High Court judge said it will be imposed for admitted criminal contempt subject to report from probation officer

Fianna Fáil activist Brian Mohan. File photograph: Courts Collins.

Brian Mohan says party being ‘coerced’ and would be unable to function if State funding halved

When the case returned to court for review on Monday, Mr Justice Kelly was told there were issues with whether the HSE, which has funded some overnight stays for the parents, would continue to do so.

Son getting treatment in UK as no specialist unit here to address his type of anorexia

Paris Bakery: staff outside the Dublin bakery and restaurant after it closed, in May 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Dublin bakery and restaurant owed money to staff, suppliers and Revenue

A number of settlements have been increased following the Court of Appeal’s “Russell” judgement.

Isabelle Sheehan’s award believed to be highest ever for plaintfiff in such a case

The Oliver Plunkett pub in Cork which has successfully appealed an award of €75,000 to a woman who lost the tip of her finger in a door. Photograph: The Oliver Plunkett

Saundra O’Flynn had sued Oliver Plunkett pub in Cork after finger tip severed in door

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said on RTÉ’s ‘Prime Time’ that Independent TD Mick Wallace was allegedly cautioned by gardaí for using a mobile phone while driving

Comments not in breach of data protection laws as information not recorded, counsel claims

Angela Neiland holds  an image of her son Tristan while speaking to the media outside the Four Courts. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Parents of boy (6) who died in care settle damages case against Dún Laoghaire centre

Martin McDonagh, who is engaged in  a legal battle with  the ‘Sunday World’  over a story which referred to him as a ‘Traveller drug king’. Photograph: Collins Courts

‘Sunday World’ uses accruals as argument for retrial in ‘Traveller drug king’ libel case

Seán Dunne, adjudicated bankrupt here in July  2013, was due to exit bankruptcy in July 2016 but cannot pending the hearing of the application by Chris Lehane to extend it by the maximum five years permissible

Bankrupt former developer seeks to question official assignee Chris Lehane

An Bord Pleanála’s approval of a Wexford wind farm was quashed by the High Court. Photograph:  PA

An Bord Pleanála had approved development of three wind turbines and substation

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Case referred by High Court to the European Union’s Court of Justice for consideration

The judge made directions for exchange of legal documents and returned the jurisdictional motion and injunction matter to next week.

Beneficaries of trust in dispute over sale of Kilkenny estate set on 513 acres

North-south electricity interconnector: An Bord Pleanála had given EirGrid permission to build almost 300 pylons in Cos Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Landowners claim at start of legal challenge they were ‘excluded’ from planning process

Grace was left in the care of a foster family in the south-east for 20 years despite physical abuse, neglect and possible sexual abuse

Health Minister must devise ‘administrative solution’ to problem, court hears

Judge Peter Kelly said this was ‘yet another case where a solicitor had failed to observe that client funds are precisely that’. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Michael H O’Neill had practised as a sole practitioner in Naas, Co Kildare

The grandmother said she gave up her job and moved from Dublin to the country with the children.

Woman says her daughter is involved in ‘dysfunctional and abusive’ relationship

Diane Byrne who was nine years in the Defence Forces, has since taken up employment as an engineer with Bord Gáis. File photograph: The Irish Times

Capt Diane Byrne was on leave while interviews for commandant were held

File photograph: iStock

Driver claimed he lost control of car because of loose chippings on Tipperary road

The 2004 free movement directive, implemented here in 2006, provides for permanent residency for EU citizens and their family members in a member state where they have lived legally for five years.

Court rules while Nigerian man ‘injured’ by State’s error he was not entitled to damages

A Dublin man has won a Supreme Court appeal over his conviction for burglary involving assault. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Alan Wilson charged with different offence to the one he was questioned over, judges find

An investment fund has obtained summary judgment orders totalling almost €8 million against a former head of business banking at AIB in Eyre Square, Galway, his wife and a former Anglo Irish Bank executive director.

Judge refuses to stay orders arising from property and development loans

Leopardstown Club Limited appealed to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court decision in a row with a sports club

Court hears mediation agreement with businessman Philip Smyth cannot be rescinded

Judge said the cases of Annino and Corrado Forte appeared to involve ‘some element of tax evasion’

An Bord Pleanála  clearly understood there was an issue whether having a fast-food restaurant close to a school was counter-productive in terms of encouraging healthy eating by pupils, the judge found.

Permission for fast food restaurant near three schools allowed but firm has ‘lost interest’

The evidence is that a  woman with anorexia nervosa is stable but critical, is still being tube-fed, has no interest in ordinary food and no insight into the seriousness of her condition, Mr Justice Peter Kelly said. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Orders for detention of woman refusing consent for treatment are continued

“Clients have to be able to trust their solicitors to the ends of the earth. There cannot be question marks over their probity and honesty in relation to how they conduct their practice,” said Mr Justice Peter Kelly at the  Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Law Society granted declaration Daniel Downes not fit person to be in profession

Teresa Patterson, mother of Jamie Patterson, leaving the High Court in Dublin, last year. File photograph: Collins Courts

Boy to get additional €3.5 million after court decision affecting interest rates on awards

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean Fitzpatrick. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman declared bankrupt in 2010 with debts of €147m

 Robbie Sinnott, a member of the Blind Legal Alliance, complained he was effectively being deprived of his right to a secret ballot because he must ask a polling station presiding officer to complete his ballot paper. File photograph: David Sleator

Father of two complained he must ask polling station officer to complete his ballot

The court urged lawyers should be “careful” about bringing cases with “no prospect of success”.

Man’s claim gardaí had no power to stop and arrest him while driving defied logic

A jury has found that a man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia should be placed under the protection of the High Court. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Jury says man with schizophrenia should be placed under protection of the High Court

The family, represented by Cormac Ó Dúlacháin SC, instructed by solicitor David Joyce, claimed the hotel was not an “adequate home” and failed to meet the council’s responsibilities under the Housing Acts.

Unemployed couple and five children have had 10 temporary abodes in last four years

The judge ruled the Circuit Court correctly found the valuation was not a relevant and binding valuation for the purpose of the debt resolution process as it was not achieved in accordance with section 105.  Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Lender Start Mortgages rejected €180,000 valuation of the woman’s Co Offaly home

A vulnerable intellectually disabled young woman must remain inappropriately detained in an acute psychiatric unit. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Intellectually disabled woman traumatised after leaving care to live with man in traveller camp

The Department of Social Protection denies the women’s claims

Court hears woman had to leave her Clondalkin accommodation due to delay

The boy admitted smoking the joint while “mitching” in an area used by the public and close to the school but out of bounds to pupils.

Pupil, expelled last year aged 14, has been unable to find a school to sit his Junior Cert

 Alan and Emma Nolan from Gorey, Co Wexford, at the Four Courts. It was claimed Mrs Nolan was a secondary victim as a result of witnessing her husband’s pain  and she suffered nervous shock.  Photograph:  Collins Courts

Court hears Wexford woman was a second victim by witnessing her husband’s pain

Barrister Seán Guerin (left) has asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal against Alan Shatter’s successful challenge to sections of his report on the  handling of Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe’s complaints.

Barrister opposing Court of Appeal ruling that review put ex-minister’s rights in jeopardy

The High Court was previously told Elaine Lennon would have been fine had a CT scan of her brain  been carried out in time. Photograph: Collins

Opera singer Elaine Lennon suffered severe injuries due to failures to properly diagnose headaches

Saverio Bellante (38) was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the killing of Tom O’Gorman (39) at his address in Castleknock, Dublin, in January 2014.

Saverio Bellante was taken off anti-psychotic medication three days before death of Tom O’Gorman

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said there was no appropriate public or private facility in the State to treat the man despite him having €750,000.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Man who suffered head injury in crash is not mentally ill but has no suitable place to go

A contraceptive injection can be administered to a mentally ill woman who has expressed inconsistent views as to whether or not she consented, the High Court has directed.

Medics believe woman, who exhibits a ‘child-like quality’, at risk of another pregnancy

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said that without treatment a young woman with anorexia nervosa ‘will die. It is not a question that she might, she will.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Care for 18-year-old, who weighs some 40kg and is ‘living on’ tea and cigarettes, approved

Passport control: defending the Common Travel Area only for citizens of the Republic and Northern Ireland could have adverse implications for migrants. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Common Travel Area focus could exclude migrants, Piaras Mac Éinrí claims

Judge Peter Kelly: he said the court must confirm the sanction unless it sees “good reason” not to do so

Lawyer suffered catastrophic brain injury during surgery

Last July, the Court of Appeal upheld an appeal by Killross Properties Ltd over the legality of the ESB’s wayleave notice authorising temporary entry onto the company’s lands in Co Kildare.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Case centres on how electricity supplier serves notice to carry out statutory functions

The appeals concern judgments by the Court of Appeal last December in both cases.

Supreme Court says it’s ‘self-evident’ issues raised are of general public importance

The court was told increased ventilation or CPR would not improve the man’s condition, would cause him significant discomfort and pain and was against the clinical judgment of his treating doctors and other medics.

Father of man in his thirties says: ‘I want him kept alive. Where there’s life, there’s hope’

Businessman Denis O’Brien has begun an appeal aimed at establishing the identity of the client who ordered that a dossier be complied on him.

Red Flag says it prepared the dossier in the ordinary course of business for a client

Legislators should witness the “procession of misery” in the courts resulting from their continuing failure over years to enact laws necessary to address the lifetime care needs of the catastrophically injured, the president of the High Court Mr Justice Peter Kelly said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

If legislators could see this misery, they might enact the necessary and uncontroversial legislation as a matter of urgency, Mr Ju(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised over Dáil comments about former attorney general Máire Whelan. Photographs: The Irish Times

Members of judiciary ‘extremely disappointed’ after comments in Dáil about Whelan

Man (60) with paranoid schizophrenia ‘lacks capacity’ to consent to removal of tumour

Prof Harry Kennedy, clinical director of the Central Mental Hospital, told the High Court all 94 beds in the hospital are full and it has a  waiting list of 24 people. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

People are falling through the cracks, clinical director of Central Mental Hospital tells High Court

Chief Justice Susan Denham has highlighted the independence of the Attorney General. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Susan Denham makes remarks as Máire Whelan becomes a Court of Appeal judge

Cork University Hospital: the case related to the nature and extent of treatment of a serious eye infection. Photograph:  Provision

Remmy Ajayi, originally from Nigeria, suffered total organ failure after eye infection

Ms Justice Mary Irvine commented  in a Court of Appeal judgment on Tuesday, dismissing all grounds of a man’s appeal over a High Court October 2016 order striking out his action as bound to fail and an abuse of court process.  File photograph: Collins Courts

Justice Mary Irvine says advice from non-qualified advisers ‘rarely if ever correct’

Former Irish Nationwide CEO Michael Fingleton. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former Nationwide chief argues he cannot lawfully be subject to an inquiry into alleged regulatory breaches at the society

The man admitted in an interview with gardaí he spent all of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in 2016 in Algeria. He travelled there via Barcelona before returning to Ireland through Paris.

Algerian claimed he would be at risk if deported but had been back home for a month

Bank of Ireland at College Green, Dublin.

Commercial Court hearing date fixed for 21st July

The luxury design retail Kilkenny business brand operates 15 stores, with its flagship store on Dublin’s Nassau Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

Row is between son and mother concerning ownership of luxury retail stores

The applicants argued that  the form requesting information from the UK authorities was not completed here in “strict compliance” with Article 34.

Fingerprints indicated UK, not Ireland, was responsible for two Albanian nationals

Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly Ms Justice Mary Laffoy at the sixth meeting of the assembly at the Grand Hotel Malahide earlier this month. Photograph: Maxwell’s

She was appointed High Court judge in 1995 and became Supreme Court judge in 2013

While Denis O’Brien has lodged an appeal with the Court of Appeal, he is also applying to the Supreme Court for permission to bring an appeal directly to that court. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill

Case was brought against clerk of Dáil, Dáil Committee on Procedures and Privileges, and State

Garda recruits at the Garda College in Templemore.  The three complainants, who were in their 30s and 40s, had applied to join the force between 2004 and 2007 and were refused. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Discrimination case against 35-year limit for joining force originally taken by three men

Gerald Kean is a principal of a “relatively small” solicitor’s firm, Mr Justice Michael Twomey said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Solicitor liable for 90 per cent of EBS case costs because he lost on primary issue

The chamber of the Supreme Court which has unanimously ruled the first marriage of a Lebanese man with two wives can be recognised under Irish law. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Supreme Court rules second marriage not valid while the first marriage subsists

Broadhaven Bay

Court overturns High Court finding that Shell had access due to share in commonage

Court told of concerns over young woman’s ‘childlike’ approach to her pregnancy

Pair claimed that as girls in industrial schools they were forced to work in the laundries

Brian Nolan, who was awarded €310,000 over a defamatory newspaper article describing him as the “king of the swingers”, must be paid €50,000 within 36 days as a condition of the paper being allowed to appeal the award, the High Court has ruled.

‘Sunday World’ ordered to pay Brian Nolan sum to facilitate appeal of €310,000 award

Max Schrems. Photograph: Collins Courts

Issues around collection of personal data from EU-US data transfers at heart of case

The Supreme Court has overturned a €350,000 award to a property investor who bought a building that was 20 per cent smaller than a brochure stated. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

David Walsh bought Gardiner Street building that was 20% smaller than document said

On April 15th last, Pentire wrote to her threatening appointment of a receiver unless she immediately paid off the €270,000 loan, court told. File photograph: Getty Images

Linda Fitzpatrick claims, despite being up to date with her mortgage payments of €850 a month, Pentire Property Finance appointed (...)

Mr Justice Kelly said the evidence was such that he was satisfied to make the girl a ward of court. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fifteen-year-old to be assessed with a view to securing a place in a specialist UK unit to address her treatment-resistant anorexi(...)

Donna Sfar alleged breach of her religious rights based on claims sheep are descended from Jacob

Donna Sfar from Co Louth has issued 24 separate cases in High Court since 1999

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