Revenue said its remaining investigations into 350 consultants were at various stages of completion

Two-year investigation into financial affairs of consultants has yielded €39m in taxes and penalties

Graham Dwyer: Seán Guerin SC received  €101,726 fee for putting the State’s case during the 43-day Dwyer trial last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

DPP’s bill for all barristers prosecuting cases rises 4.6% to €14m in 2015

The opening of a new consulate in Hong Kong in 2015 saw “rental allowance” costs soar there from €29,080 to €295,062. Photograph: Billy HC Kwok/Bloomberg

Department of Foreign Affairs forced to increase allowance worldwide to €7.5m

Businessman and financier Dermot Desmond. The appeal has been launched on behalf of his wife. Photograph:  Joe St Leger

Planning consultants for wife of financier warn of risk to property on Ailesbury Road

At  Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys sentenced Anthony Conway (34) to four years with the final year suspended for  defilement of a  girl on dates between September and December 2013. File photograph: Collins Courts.

Judge lifts restriction on identifying Anthony Conway (34) with consent of victim

7 Shrewsbury Road, Dublin. Shrewsbury Road residents are trying to block plans for an extension at the property that includes an underground cinema. Photograph:

Shrewsbury Road property owners object to application for three-storey extension

Marek Skiba (51), orignially from Poland, was described during his funeral Mass at the St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Ennis (pictured) on Monday as ‘a soft soul who only wanted a beautiful ordinary life’. Image: Google Streetview.

Marek Skiba (51) remained in mortuary for weeks as there was no money for funeral

Martin McNamara (25) was banned from driving for eight years. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Man with 31 previous convictions for driving without insurance jailed for 10 months

The first district court sitting of 2016 in Co Clare took place on Tuesday at the Brian Boru pub - two years after the Courts Service signalled it could be last orders for cases being heard in bars. Image: Google Maps.

Beer taps and disco lights visible as cases heard at Brian Boru pub in Killaloe

The overall €3.67 million paid out by the Law Society compensation fund in 2014 compared to €2.85 million in 2013, €4.3 million in 2012 and €3.69 million in 2011. File photograph: Getty Images

Amount paid out in claims on compensation fund to clients increases to €3.67m in 2014

The Irish arm of Tesco has been ordered to pay a former employee in one of its Co Wexford  €41,000 for unfair dismissal. Photograph: Getty

Tribunal finds worker had paid later for the food and dismissal was disproportionate

Sorrento Terrace in Dalkey, Co Dublin (file photo). Photograph: Eric Luke

Film-maker objects to swimming shelter built next door to Dalkey home

Sligo’s losses don’t include whatever the council will have to pay in legal fees from the Lissadell House case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Loss of €570,000 in 2014 was a dramatic improvement on the €6.3m loss in 2013

Fr Paddy Conway (inset) gave Michael Clune  a lift into Ennis after Mr Clune broke into his house.

Inspector says accused ‘has our hearts broken in the gardaí’

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan arrives at Ennis District Court. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cranberries singer shouted ‘I’m an icon, I’m the Queen of Limerick’ during incident at Shannon

The man’s sentence was for breaching section nine of the Firearms Act and section six of the Public Order Act

Man’s five-month sentence arose from smashing his television in Ennis town centre

Moneypoint power station: west Clare plant produced 2.89 million tonnes of CO2 in 2013. Photograph: Neil Warner

Kilrush butcher says Moneypoint will always be viewed as jewel in the crown of west Clare

Donal Harte became trapped in his tractor after it turned over on a flooded road at Erinagh near the village of Feakle in the east Co Clare. Photograph:  Eamon Ward.

Co Clare man Donal Harte became trapped in vehicle after river burst its banks

At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan dismissed the cases as a result of the High Court judgment in September which ruled the results of alcohol breath tests must be supplied in English and Irish to suspected drink-drivers, in a case relating to a Romanian national.

Cases dismissed over legal complexity to do with bilingual supply of breath test results

Paul O’Higgins SC: one of two barristers who was awarded more than  €350,000 for his work for the State in Ian Bailey’s High Court action for damages. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Two of the barristers each received fees in excess of €350,000

The Abbey Theatre enjoyed its best profit since 2007 last year. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Play featuring ‘Love/Hate’ star Vaughan Lawlor described as ‘sell-out sensation’

The GAA said  the current free-to-air list of events, which included the  All-Ireland hurling and football finals, was appropriate and it did not wish to propose or exclude other events. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FAI says having matches on list is inequitable while IRFU objects over Six Nations games

Michael Boylan, managing partner and head of medical negligence at Augustus Cullen, laid the blame for the amounts paid to plaintiffs’ legal firms at the door of the claims agency. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Total of €30 million paid out to law firms from negligence cases against State last year

Rehab’s 2014 annual report shows one employee received between €320,000-€330,000 last year through salary and redundancy payments

Two departing staff members of the disabilities charity have payment details redacted

The largest proportion of pay for the Oireachtas banking inquiry has gone  on investigator pay, totalling €642,856. Photograph: Alan Betson

Inquiry sat for 14 days between July and September, with average cost of €103,000 per day

 Judge Patrick Durcan:   remanded  bokith Joyce brothers in custody to reappear before the court on November 4th. Photograph: Tony Grehan/Press 22

Man’s solicitor said John Joyce suffered a skull fracture and had brain surgery

Brian Joyce (21) suffered an attack in Limerick prison where he sustained serious head injuries.

Brian Joyce required brain surgery after being attacked in jail toilets

Two girls became ill after eating custard yoghurt bought at an Aldi store in Ennis. Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett/Files

Court hears two girls fell ‘violently ill’ after eating yoghurt bought in Co Clare store

An Post said the core An Post firm “is currently in a loss-making cycle”

Labour Court says continuance of pay freeze proposed by An Post ‘is no longer a viable proposition’

A court hearing was suspended after a man  mooned a judge and then  exposed his penis and shouted at the judge.

Man moons judge and shows his penis after brother denied bail at Ennis district court

Some cyclists seem to think ‘they are exempt from road traffic laws’, says judge in Ennis

Conor Haugh’s sending of two texts to a woman is “a serious breach” of his bail pending sentence, said Counsel for the State Stephen Coughlan.   Photograph: Michaela Rehle

Farm worker pleaded guilty to harassing woman over 11-month period

Stolen property includes antique bathroom fittings, antique chandeliers, candelabras and light fittings. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

Pair went missing after pleading guilty over theft at mansion owned by son of Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara

Lisdoonvarna hosts third annual 'Outing' for LGBT community

Former Syrian army fighter jets at the Abu Duhur military airport, the last regime-held military base in northwestern Idlib province, after Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate and its allies seized the base on September 9th in the latest setback for President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Al-Nusra Front and a coalition of mostly Islamist groups captured the military airport after a siege that lasted two years, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. Photograph: AFP

Michael Noonan confirms €1m frozen in accounts owned by parties with links to Iran

On his first trip to Ireland last year as owner of  Doonbeg Golf Resort, Donald Trump promised an investment of €45 million. However, that spend won’t happen without the coastal protection plan getting the go-ahead.  File photograph: Steve Pope/Getty Images

Doonbeg Golf Resort seeks permission for wall to halt sea erosion at Doughmore beach

In his ruling, the judge said he found the father had engaged in “contemptible behaviour” in recording a conversation with his daughter over what she saw during a domestic argument between the parents. File photograph: Getty Images

Man said wife ‘belittles me and makes me feel worthless. I feel really intimidated, helpless’

Axiom Consulting Partners  who were paid almost €100,000 said many staff reported “a general absence of personal accountability”. Photograph: Getty Images

Consultants note dress code at Department of Social Protection ‘merits investigation’

John and Edward Grimes aka Jedward pictured in 2012 after arriving home from the Eurovision song contest in Azerbijan, where they represented Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Karolina Jabczuga alleged constructive dismissal after her 2012 resignation

Musician Dolores O’Riordan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cranberries singer faces prosecution for incident at Shannon Airport last November

For over a year, service provider Applus “either remained unaware or overlooked the claimant’s action. In the tribunal’s view this delay undermines the decision to dismiss the claimant”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Employment Appeals Tribunal finds for Richard Godsland who tested own vehicle

Prince Charles with Brendan Dunford, Brigid Barry and Aine Bird of Burren Beo, on a visit to the Burren, Co Clare. Photograph: Eric Luke

Burren farmers have been paid more than €2.1m over the past five years

There has been a moral panic in Ireland about the sexualisation of young people and the spread of pornography.

romantic love has become the new religion in Ireland and throughout the West.

Merriman Summer School  speaker Dr Carol Coulter: “No epidemic of middle-aged and middle-class men abandoning their wives.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

Relatively few people affected by divorce and marriage equality, summer school hears

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness said: “Irish husbands by and large have not deserted their wives to take off with painted floozies.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former judge tells Merriman summer school we now have more equality between spouses

Figures provided by the Department of Education in response to a Freedom of Information request show that one retired school teacher received a lump sum of €165,862

Figures show €76.34m was paid to out to retiring primary school teachers in 2014

A book of evidence was served on Patrick Kolodziej of Coor East, Doonogan, at Ennis District Court. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Solicitor’s accused said he was making a fresh bail application

Sell-out crowds who wanted to see  Tom Vaughan-Lawlor of ‘Love/Hate’ contributed to rise in profits

Profits at firm that operates theatre festival last year increased by 151 per cent

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny appears before the Oireachtas banking inquiry last week.

Oireachtas inquiry’s cost rose €1.3 million in the last quarter, says progress report

Cornelius (44) and Angelique Billing (27) and who died after being stabbed at their apartment over a shop on the main street of the village of Kildysart, Co Clare. Photograph: Facebook

Fireman tells inquest he saw a five-year-old girl screaming ‘help, help, help my mom’

Keith Garrihy (18) and Jason Freyne (22) both walked out the back door of the Ennis courthouse and made a run for freedom.

Jason Freyne (22) remains on the run, after Keith Garrihy (18) was apprehended

Donald Trump attends the 2015 Hank’s Yanks Golf Classic at Trump Golf Links  in New York. Photograph: Getty

An Bord Pleanala refuses permission for Clare wind farm near Doonbeg golf course

Thomas Howard, Listowel, Co Kerry appearing at a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Saturday morning in relation to the false imprisonment of three people at Sixmilebridge on Thursday

Thomas Howard (50) charged with false imprisonment and attempted robbery

The scene at Deepark, Sixmilebridge, Co Clare Photograph: Press 22

Trio believed to have overpowered man after struggle in which gun was discharged

Clare Co Council  made  a U-turn on 8ft depths for graves after Clare Funeral Directors voiced concerns, with one director  claiming the lives of grave-diggers would be endangered by the clause. File photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Funeral director claims lives of grave-diggers would be endangered by clause dating to 1888

The office of the Employment Appeals Tribunal at Davitt House, Adelaide Road, Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Extra work at Kerry supermarket was declined to focus on final year exams

Cars undergo an NCT at Font Hill Road, Dublin. File Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Employment Appeals Tribunal rules in favour of man’s employers

Care worker Paolo Antonio was sacked by his employer, Brothers of Charity Limerick, arising from an incident in which a service user sustained blisters from a bath. File photograph: Getty Images

Paolo Antonio must be reinstated by Brothers of Charity Limerick after unfair dismissal action

Project worker with Adapt posed with a gun in photo taken when on holiday in Thailand

A number of rats were reported at the coffee outlet at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan, Co Meath. File photograph:  PA

One live rodent fell onto floor, the bodies of another six found on sticky tape trap

Jonathan Kenny: forced pensioner to take money from credit union for him

Jonathan Kenny (25) and girlfriend Marie Linnane (19) get three years for taking money

Co Clare woman’s ordeal at University Hospital Limerick follow’s a similar case at Tallaght hospital. File photograph: Frank Miller

Woman’s treatment at University Hospital Limerick ‘would not be seen in Third World’

A Big Mac. Fast food restaurant McDonald’s was denied permission to open until 3am in Temple Bar. Photograph: Getty

Extension of hours would ‘depreciate the value of residential properties’

Judge Gerald Keys said Bernard McDonagh “could have been killed” in what he described as an “absolutely outrageous incident”

Bernard McDonagh suffered ‘extraordinary injuries’ in incident that occurred as he was collecting his children from school

The Employment Appeals Tribunal awarded deli worker Madara Cebina €12,500 for the unfair dismissal and €680 for two weeks of pay

Tribunal awards €13,180 to woman who took two spoonfuls of cleaner from Meath garage

Court told that Martin Daly, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co Clare, was behind the wheel of the car for 70 minutes. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Driver was three times over drink-driving limit when he left garage, court hears

Unofficial tallies  indicate the same sex marriage referendum will be passed in both Limerick constituencies.

Strongest Yes vote returned in urban areas, residents of Quin voted 83% for the change

Alan Custy (38) is to plead guilty to the theft of €14,650 from a woman over a period of five months. File photograph: Alan Betson

Alan Custy is to plead guilty to theft of €14,650 from woman

 Judge Patrick Durcan: said   injuries sustained by the  complainant were akin to marks you would find from a bunch of 10-year-olds out playing football. Photograph: Tony Grehan /Press 22

Judge says there were conflicts of evidence and there was nothing in independent evidence to assist court

According to the Courts Service, Polish was the language interpreted most often last year in the courts, with interpreters required on 2,151 different occasions.

Service confirms that approximately 68 languages featured in court appearances

Two men have appeared in court on theft and deception charges relating to dog owners who had placed adverts on Done Deal looking to locate their lost dogs

It is alleged the men secured money on the pretence they could return stolen dogs

Inmates study Open University courses in scheme costing the State €137,860

Graham Dwyer was jailed for life for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dwyer was described as ‘sadistic and brutal pervert’ for murder of Elaine O’Hara

At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Keys said: “It would be improper and unconscionable for a jury to convict Mr Galbraith in the circumstances presented by the State.” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

James Galbraith of Lissaniska, Ennis, wounded in cemetery ambush, court told

Brendan Mahoney posted package to Kilkee home of Garda Paul Heaslip

Shannon Watch file handout photograph of TD’s Mick Wallace and Clare Daly during their alleged attempt to search two planes believed to be used by the US military at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Edward Horgan/Shannon Watch/PA Wire

TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly found guilty of breaching Shannon airport rules

The Employment Appeals Tribunal has ruled that a worker  involved in an incident where a banger exploded at work injuring a number of colleagues has been unfairly dismissed.

Justin Leigh admitted responsibility but didn’t appreciate consequences, tribunal told

Counsel for the State, Stephen Coughlan BL, said it will be alleged that Brendan  Mahoney sent a pig’s head to the home of Garda Paul Heaslip, who was living in the Percy French estate in Kilkee at the time. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Brendan Mahoney (47) denies offence of posting packet containing menacing article

The Dáil bars saw profits increase by more than 10 per cent last year, despite declining revenues. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Figures for 2014 show rise in takings at Leinster House bars despite fall in revenues

On the final day of the INTO congress in Ennis, Clones native Tracey Whyte told delegates that, in the current school year, she has suffered 20 physical assaults, with a total of 60 serious assaults against staff at her school. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Tracey Whyte says that, in the current school year, she has suffered 20 physical assaults

The State Examinations Commission does not  round up percentages achieved in the Leaving Cert. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Leaving Cert student denied an A1 in biology despite being a quarter of a percentage point off 90%

President Michael D Higgins meets Chinese president Xi Jinping during his visit to China last December. Photograph: AP Photo/Greg Baker

Total bill included more than €82,000 in the three-week lead-up to President Higgins’s visit

 Chief Justice of the Supreme Court  Mrs Susan Denham in court: she wrote ‘a number of members of the court have fallen ill . . .  and I believe that the cold temperatures have been a factor in this.’ Photograph: Collins Courts.

Letters released under Freedom of Information say it was a ‘significant health matter’

 Mrs Justice Susan Denham: she  brought  a thermometer into court and found  the temperature in the Supreme Court and its conference room in the Four Courts complex varied between 13.5 and 19 degrees in January. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In January temperatures in court fell to 13.5 degrees yet optimum work heat is 25 degrees

Head of the Clare Garda Traffic Corps Insp John Ryan said the route was “accident-free and a very safe road when there are no downpours of hail or sleet”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Route appears to have particular problem with hailstorms, says National Roads Authority

The court was told that three men had a machete, slash hook and hockey stick

Two men chased across school playground hid in classroom with pupils and teacher

Dubliner Brendan Mahoney was extradited from Spain after he was remanded in custody pending his trial. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Department of Communications officials among those to be called in 2012 case

In court in Ennis, a solicitor for said that the couple took out a €195,500 mortgage in February, 2005. The monthly repayments are €1,298 and the last payment was €250 in April 2014.

Co Clare man describes strain that spiralling mortgage debt has had on his life

 There were 131 applications for repossession before the County Registrar’s Court on Friday. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Home Funding Corporation Ltd seeks order for repossession of 26-acre site

TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly and campaigner Margaretta D’Arcy arrive at Ennis District Court in a case relating to an incident at Shannon Airport last July. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly in court over alleged illegal entrance at Shannon Airport

A Garda investigation was launched in January in 2012 after the arrival of the severed animal’s head to the home of a Co Clare garda.

Brendan Mahoney to arrive in Dublin from Spain today following European arrest warrant

Alan Markham: in action for Clare in his playing days.

Alan Markham struck by glass and stick before theft

Judge Gerard Keyes said “this State does not have facilities to adequately deal with a person of your [Hayes] state or medical condition”. Photograph: Getty Images

Dominic Hayes set to walk free this year even though expert says high risk of reoffending

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly arrive at Ennis District Court in a case relating to an incident at Shannon Airport last July. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dáil deputies Mick Wallace and Clare Daly in court over alleged illegal entrance to airport

Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly pictured  in Ennis on Tuesday where they are appearing before the District Court after  entering a restricted zone in Shannon Airport in July of last year. Photograph: Brian Arthur/Press 22.

Judge says he does not wish for his court to take on the role of the ‘Skibbereen Eagle’

Tax authorities paid a total of €5.3m to outside legal teams in 4,348 Revenue cases

New figures from Dublin City Council confirm it paid an Irish wing of international security firm G4S more than €1 million last year to collect coins from its parking meters.

Dublin City Council paid an Irish wing of international security firm G4S to collect coins from its parking meters

A judge today approved an order that a convicted sex offender not have any profile on Tinder, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media. File photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Man (33) told not to delete internet search history or have more than one phone

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) served the unusual order on St Coleman’s (Claremorris) Credit Union Ltd at the end of last month, giving the credit union six weeks to re-instate Karen Stapleton.

Employment Appeals Tribunal found worker was unfairly dismissed

Solicitor mentions Conor McGregor after hearing of client’s progress

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