The McCabe tribunal chairman, Mr Justice Peter Charleton of the Supreme Court, is to make an opening statement at 9.30am on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Inquiry examining alleged smears against Garda whistleblower will allow TV cameras

The official launch of public proceedings comes less than a fortnight after the tribunal was established and Mr Justice Peter Charleton of the Supreme Court appointed as its chair. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Launch of tribunal proceedings by Justice Peter Charleton due for Dublin Castle on Monday

Mercantile Group-owned Café en Seine: In a solicitor’s letter, Dublin publican Frank Gleeson “trenchantly opposed” the appointment of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm to the role of finance director at the group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Feuding publicans at odds over whether former banker was suggested for finance role

Café en Seine on Dawson Street: one of the Mercantile Entertainment Group’s many well-known establishments in Dublin, along with the Mercantile Bar and Hotel, The George and Whelan’s on Wexford Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Court documents reveal depth of shareholder discord as merger of Capital Bars and Mercantile falls apart within a year

The Commercial Court has agreed that the case will be heard on May 11th next.

Cases involve former AIB business banking head in Galway and ex senior Anglo executive

Demolition work as part of the Ballymun regeneration project. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Move part of dispute between JEC and Irish Asphalt over material with excessive pyrite

Peter Charleton: Mr Charleton (60) has a track record of public service. Photograph: Eric Luke

Supreme Court judge will chair inquiry into Garda whistleblowers controversy

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison relaxing in a Dublin hotel on Wednesday while the Dáil debate on the motion of no confidence in the Government was taking place. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Tribunal to investigate allegation of inappropriate contacts between Tusla and gardaí

 Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe. There is nothing in law to prevent the tribunal being live-streamed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Private inquiries held on back of whistleblower disclosures have added to public unease

A High Court jury in 2010 awarded €10m to a businessman who successfully argued he had been defamed by a press release issued by his employer. Photograph: Frank Miller

Libel Ireland: There is huge disparity in awards for defamation across Europe

Maurice McCabe: Secured access to the Tusla file and learned of the mistake made in 2013.

Husband and wife call on Taoiseach and others to reveal if advised on sex allegations

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Section 12 of the Criminal Justice Act 1976 makes it an offence to knowingly make a false report or statement tending to show that an offence has been committed.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legal experts say common law offence of perverting course of justice may apply

Maurice McCabe was not told about a serious complaint about him until two years after the accusation had been made.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Those charged with wrong-doing have the right to be informed of what is being alleged

The Libel Ireland depth series looks at the onerous costs of our defamation regime. File photograph: Getty Images

Libel Ireland: Cost of cases affects efficacy of reporting, submissions on law reform argue

US president Donald Trump shakes hands with Neil Gorsuch, his nominee for the supreme court. A Bar of Ireland members has said that Mr Trump’s personal attacks on judges have no place in a democracy based on the rule of law. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA.

Chair of Bar of Ireland’s human rights wing says US president’s comments ‘sinister’

Sgt Maurice McCabe:  A succession of resignations, claims and inquiries have followed  since his claims were first made. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Nóirín O’Sullivan at centre of Garda management at time of McCabe claims

US federal judge James Robart, who temporarily banned the US government from enforcing key parts of president Donald Trump’s order restricting immigration. Photograph: EPA/United States Courts

Legal battle created by executive order is taking place in the federal court network

The children’s hospital is to be built by Bam Ireland on the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin at a cost of €1 billion. Photograph: Eric Luke

Source with experience of building hospitals says €1m per bed considered reasonable

John Gilligan on his release  from Portlaoise Prison in October 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

Legal costs of challenge to conviction and the Cab’s seizure of assets likely to be north of €1m

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick arriving for his trial at the Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Jury shown footage of ‘panicked’ legal advisor shredding documents

Former  acting attorney general Sally  Yates: her stance was a good example of how actors in the constitutional structure of the US are allowed push back against a president’s executive orders. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Getty

What happens next will determine whether the US faces a full-blown constitutional crisis

 Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins: In their ruling, the judges said it could not be disputed that much of what was said to Kerins by committee members was “damaging to her reputation personally and professionally”. Photograph:   Collins Courts/File

Full costs may not be imposed on former Rehab boss because of gravity of issues raised

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick (68),  Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, outside Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins/Courts

ODCE solicitor tells trial he made a ‘calamitous error’ by destroying files

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán FitzPatrick (68) has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act. Photograph: Collins Courts

Current trial of ex-Anglo chairman hears ODCE inquiries now always involve gardaí

 Chief Justice Susan Denham is understood to have voiced strong reservations about the proposed lay majority on the  new judicial appointments regime. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government committed to body featuring majority who are neither judges nor lawyers

Matters perceived as affecting the independence of the judiciary tend to provoke a strong reaction on the bench, and that is certainly the case in relation to the planned new regime. File photograph: Getty Images

New appointments commission may be hijacked by groups with specific agendas

 Gary McGann said he first learned of former chairman Sean FitzPatrick’s extensive loans from the bank in December 2008. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Counsel for bank’s former chairman claims investigator told auditors what to say

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice    Frances Fitzgerald believes it is “absolutely essential” there is a lay majority on the proposed new commission for appointing judges. Photograph: Mark Stedman/PA Wire

Minister for Justice says Government has ‘no distrust’ of existing judicial selection process

Sean FitzPatrick, of Whitshed Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, has pleaded not guilty to 27 offences under the 1990 Companies Act.   Photograph: Collins Courts

Fintan Drury says he did not know of ex-chairman’s extensive loans with the bank until December 2008

Challenges: an EU flag flies outside the European Commission  in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Social Justice Ireland report shows Ireland strong on higher education, weak on tax take

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

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