Judge Brendan Toale extended an order to prevent publication of details about a child care case. Photograph: Collins

Judge accepted that if publication occurred, a trial could be delayed or prevented

The child protection rapporteur says new legislation is overdue to address “geographical injustice” in the care of children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reforms of guardianship process aim to give children further protection and greater say

Barristers working in child protection recognise the importance of guardians while others say they use the courts to redirect scarce resources to children in their care and away from others who are equally entitled to services

Some say it is a constitutional right while others say it results in an unfair advantage

 Guardian ad litem Eugene Bigley:   “This is not a nine-to-five job.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With 14 families looking to him for support, an ‘always on’ guardian barely has time to eat

Government to provide clarity on appointment of experts who report child’s view to court

 Minister for foreign affairs  Peter Barry:  said there was every possibility the launches could be used in the war effort. Photograph: Jack McManus

State Papers: As Iran-Iraq war raged, Noonan floated idea for sale of boats to Iranian navy

Shelton Abbey prison, Co Wicklow: The Assumption of Our Lady was found there by German artist Günther Reindhl who was in the prison for receiving stolen goods. Photograph: Joe St Leger

The 16th century work by Italian Girolamo Muziano was put in the prison by local priest

 John Rogers, attorney general in 1986, argued the AG was ‘better able to identify persons who have qualities appropriate to holding judicial office’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State Papers 1986: John Rogers told taoiseach job should ‘in first instance’ lie with his office

Former minister for education Patrick Cooney.

Patrick Cooney wanted advice on action if teachers went on strike for three days a week

Members of the Loreto order outside the convent on St Stephen’s Green as the bodies of the fire victims were being removed. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

State Papers 1986: Six nuns died in the blaze at Loreto Convent on St Stephen’s Green

A fatal victim of the Air India crash arrives is removed from Cork Airport on a stretcher.

State Papers 1986: Naval Service had no suitable craft for requested ‘pilgrimage’ by relatives

Mr Justice Liam Hamilton said in 1986 that due to the separation of powers under the Constitution, “the servicing of the courts” was excluded from employment embargoes. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

State Papers 1986: Alan Dukes memo said arrears in judgments ‘due entirely’ to staff shortage

Former State solicitor Barry Galvin: in 1986 he wrote: “I requested him as earnestly as I could to do something to prevent the situation getting out of hand and in fact he became quite annoyed with me.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State Papers 1986: judge ordered no notes of discussion should be taken and no reports should appear in any newspaper

State Papers 2016: UK woman sought help in restoring grave of Katherine Parnell

The figures on display at the Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum in Shaanxi Province. A British estimate of the damage caused in 1986 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham came to just £35,000. Photograph: China Photos/Getty Images

Released papers tell how minister was warned to keep quiet about issue on visit to China

The new Fine Gael front bench in June 1982, with taoiseach Garret FitzGerald seated third from left; current Taoiseach Enda Kenny, then newly appointed minister for the Gaeltacht, is standing first left. Photograph: Pat Langan

Garret FitzGerald’s letter found on 1986 attorney general file

The black-and-white collie died after being struck by a Garda car at Fontstown in Co Kildare in October 1985.

Kildare man summonsed to court over £507 worth of damage to car, 1986 files show

Bob Geldof was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after he helped to raise millions of pounds for Ethiopia through the single Do They Know It’s Christmas? and his Live Aid concerts

State Papers 1986: Irish diplomats were asked to lobby officials in support of singer

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident in April 1986. Photograph: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky/File

State papers 1986: Ambassador wrote that Russian authorities treated disaster as ‘violation of party rules’

Seán Doherty, one of a group of politicians who travelled on an all-expenses paid parliamentary trip to Australia and New Zealand. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

State Papers 1986: ‘Dismayed’ Irish envoy in Canberra got ‘absolutely no information’ about proposed visit

Minister for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell (centre) at a reception for the Irish women’s hockey squad in 1986.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Film investigated treatment of women in Armagh prison, according to National Archives

  Dr Paul Mullarkey, at the National Museum of Ireland examining the Lough Kinale Book Shrine, which was discovered in lough Kinale, Co Longford, in 1986. Photograph: Alan Betson

State papers: debate over ownership of €2.5m artefact found in Lough Kinale

The grotto beside the church where 15-year-old Ann Lovett died with her baby. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State papers 1986: Teenager died after giving birth beside grotto in Granard, Co Longford

Ms Justice Mella Carroll said a Dublin school board had used two Traveller boys ‘as pawns’. Photograph: Pat Langan

Dublin school wanted hygiene screening for Traveller students, documents show

John Rodgers: told Mr Dukes he did not see the legal basis on which access to the files, especially for films made 30 years or more previously, could be resisted or refused. Photograph: David Sleator

National Archives show minister for justice Alan Dukes clashed with attorney general

Dunnes Stores strikers picket outside the store on Henry Street Dublin. The strike began in 1984 and lasted almost three years. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

State papers 1986: Government under pressure over proposed ban on South African produce as Dunnes Stores strike continued

Phil Lynott, lead singer  Thin Lizzy,  died on January 4th, 1986. He was 35. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Hurricane Charlie, Knock airport, Chernobyl and Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’

Eight months before a woman was diagnosed with cervical cancer at Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, a scan showed abnormality in her cervix, a Medical Council  committee has been told. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Dr Mukhtar El Siddig Awadalla faces allegations of poor professional performance

The  letter written by Patrick Pearse  from prison three days before his execution. Minister for Arts and Heritage Heather Humphreys has added it to the Register of Cultural Objects. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Letter of surrender from 1916, which failed to sell at auction, now added to cultural register

Denis Hickie reunited with the remains of his toy guy which he got stuck in a tree in Ranelagh 63 years ago - and various implements including a magnet and a butterknife which he had used as a child to try to get it out. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Treasured toy lost by Denis Hickie during game of cowboys in 1953 found after tree was felled

The unused site near Crinion Park, Wicklow town, bought by the Department of Education in 2005 for more than €570,000 from the Dominican order to build a school for Gaelscoil Chill Mhantáin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Site for new school is smaller than site rejected in 2005 for being too small

Ms Justice Caroline Costello made an order at the High Court declaring the assailant a bankrupt. He had failed to pay compensation and legal costs awarded by the High Court in Belfast.

Abuser’s assets to be sold in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Ireland

Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society of Ireland, said that  solicitors’ firms are coming on the roll to ensure they maintain the status of EU membership. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brexit ‘uncertainty’ prompts 800 solicitors from England and Wales to join Irish roll

The legal action against the O’Callaghan family, horse breeders at Yeomanstown, was taken by the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: David Sleator

Horse breeders Gay, Annette and David O’Callaghan to be sentenced next April

Members of the Defence Forces adjust their 1916 Centenary Commemorative Medals following a special ceremony at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Higgins presents members of Defence Forces with commemorative medals

Irish Foster Carers’ Association Children chief executive  Catherine Bond said children in foster care have often experienced  trauma and require supports,  and adoption would not diminish their needs for such  supports. File photograph: Getty Images

Adoption Amendment Bill: Traumatised young ‘must not see services cut’ if adopted

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone: legislation has cleared report stage in the Dáil. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Bill will give High Court revised criteria to approve adoption without parental consent

 Finian McGrath, left, said he and Shane Ross had agreed to compromise on the issue of judicial appointments. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

McGrath says support is broader than expected but Law Society alleges ‘prurience’

Mr Varadkar said 600 clients had benefited from mediation services through Community Law and Mediation

Community Law and Mediation annual report celebrates 40 years in operation

No more children will be admitted to the centre in Co Tipperary until standards have improved. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Hiqa inspection finds some children at residential facility paid to do chores for staff

 Sonia Akpeuwe Ndukaire and Edmund Chimezie Ndukaire, originally from Nigeria, celebrate Edmund’s Irish citizenship at  the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hundreds take the oath of fidelity to the State during two ceremonies in Convention Centre

Family Court: The husband said he had not moved out of the house, he had been thrown out.

‘I feel threatened when he’s in my face. We both fought . . . of course I hit him back’

Leo Varadkar: “This brings to an end the profoundly unfair position since 2011 whereby local authority members paid PRSI but in return received no benefits”

Bill will also increase entitlements of self-employed to other benefits

Economist Jim Power said the economy was recovering, but there was still a level of fragility.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

If pay gets ‘out of control’ again the country will face ‘serious difficulties’, Jim Power says

One couple, whose marriage lasted three years, shook hands before leaving Dublin Circuit Family Court.

Judge adjourns case where wife living with husband had child by another man

More than a fifth of the population reported smoking and more than half are either overweight or obese.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More than half report being overweight or obese; 80% drink alcohol at least once a week

 Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place: an insurance fund for solicitors ran into serious financial difficulty more than five years ago. Photograph: Eric Luke

Law Society says subvention paid by members to support fund will be reduced

Angela Farrell, who was struck off the roll of solicitors in 2014, made ‘serious, multiple, continuous breaches and wrongdoings’ during the course of her bankruptcy, Ms Justice Caroline Costello has found.

Judge says Angela Farrell committed ‘multiple breaches’ during insolvency

A hearing to decide whether the State should pay costs for parents in a child protection case through the Legal Aid Board or Tusla has been held at the Dublin District Child Care Court.

Legal Aid Board is seeking reimbursement for representing child’s parents

New Legal Aid Board chairman, Cork solicitor Philip O’Leary. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

New Legal Aid Board chairman aims to improve existing services for eligible clients

Distressed mortgage holders: many courts around the country have faced protests. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Security, health and safety of court users paramount, says Courts Service

Some 45 per cent of people released from prison in 2010 had re-offended within three years. File photograph of the Midlands prison in Portlaoise by Bryan O’Brien.

Reoffending by young women less than in 2009 but older women reoffended more

Library workers are to be balloted for industrial action amid plans to introduce out-of-hours access in 23 public libraries. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Introduction of self-service library hours a sinister plan to cut costs, says union

Stuart Gilhooly came to public prominence in November 2014, when he posted a blog on the PFAI website about footballer Ched Evans, above. Photograph:  Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Stuart Gilhooly is association’s first president to have dedicated Twitter account

The Labour Court proposal  includes an increase in rent allowance of €500 a year, which will be restored to recently-recruited gardaí on acceptance of the proposal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

GRA and AGSI meet to consider next steps after €40m proposal from Labour Court

Warm tributes have been paid to the late Maurice Gaffney SC who, at 100,  was Ireland’s oldest practising barrister. Colleagues said he was a ‘brilliant’ lawyer and ‘natural gentleman’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Colleagues say Maurice Gaffney, who was called to the Bar in 1954, a ‘brilliant’ lawyer

Archaeologists believe the highly-polished stone axe, known as an adze, was made especially for the funeral of a very important person, whose remains were cremated and then buried at the site. Photograph: Ben Elliott

Ireland’s earliest burial site gives up the secrets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors

Offenders first appear at District Courts when they are accused of more serious criminal offences, which go on to be heard at the Circuit Criminal Court and the Central Criminal Court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

District Courts to bear brunt of disruption, according to legal sources

Last Thursday, one prisoner was held in a prison van for more than three hours while awaiting his child’s case. Photograph: Collins Courts

Lack of facilities at Bridewell mean parents serving sentences must wait in prison vans

The Child and Family Agency missed “windows of opportunity”  to bring together a child in care and her father,  the Dublin Family Childcare Court has heard. File photograph: Kane Skennar/Getty Images

School-going child in care over five years after removal from mother due to chronic neglect

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is responsible for the costs associated with Gals. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department wants to remove right of court-appointed guardians to legal representation

Ciarán Treacy, aged four, was killed in a collision with a car driven by drunk driver Finbarr O’Rourke. The Court of Appeal  set a new sentence of eight years for O’Rourke, with the final two suspended. Photograph: APX

Court of Appeal judge says a degree of consistency is desirable and appropriate

The late Marie Fleming with her partner Tom Curran (left), daughter Corrinna Moore and family friend Brendan Gainey at the High Court in January 2013. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Right-to-die activist died in 2013 after a long battle with MS

Letterkenny District Court saw a total of 1,117 applications related to childcare, more than any other town. These included almost 450 full care order applications, normally made to keep children in the care of the State until adulthood.

Letterkenny District Court saw 1,117 cases around childcare in 2015, project reports

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland are due to hold the first of seven one-day strikes on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Special treatment for striking gardaí and teachers ‘unacceptable’, Impact cautions

Protesters outside the Dublin Children’s Court Friday for the verdict in the case of a teenager  charged with false imprisonment of Joan Burton in a 2014 water charges protest. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Protesters chanted ‘Jobstown innocent, Labour guilty’ during the court hearing

 Protesters during the trial of a 17-year-old for false imprisonment at the  Dublin Children’s Court in Smithfield, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Judge says former tánaiste and adviser forcibly detained during water charge protest

The mother was also granted sole custody of their young son and full ownership of the family home

Judge says father, who was jailed for violence, is unfit to share custody of young son

Lawyers say criminal cases at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, pictured, and throughout the country would be halted by the proposed  strikes by gardaí. Photograph: Collins Courts

Applications to have new cases struck out will be made, solicitor warns

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton,  with Martin Murphy, managing director of HP Ireland and chair of the steering group on JobBridge, at the launch of JobBridge in 2011. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Detractors of scheme warned it could be used by unscrupulous employers for cheap labour

Between January 2009 and December 2015, 417 victims of human trafficking were reported to or detected by gardaí.  Reasons for trafficking include for sexual exploitation and for labour, for sectors such as domestic, home care, farm and fishery work, and for criminal activity such as cannabis-growing. File photograph: Getty Images

Second National Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Human Trafficking in Ireland launched

Senior members of the judiciary have asked for more judges to be appointed to the Court of Appeal to ease backlogs there.  File photograph: Getty Images

Fitzgerald’s view clashes with Independent stance that appointments must await reform

September 2015: Barry Andrews, who has resigned as as Goal chief executive (front right); Paul Neeson of Dublin Airport Authority; and David Fitzsimons, chief executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, at a press conference urging people to donate to help Syrian refugees. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Organisation, under fire over Syrian operation, began in 1977 after a £10,000 donation

The father in the case has been having access with his daughter in an “access house”, with supervision staff in one livingroom and he and his daughter in a livingroom and kitchen.

Psychologist says situation unsatisfactory but ‘not too different to others’

Family Court: A psychologist said the primary school student would not cope with any transition. File photograph: Getty Images

Child ‘wants both’ argues guardian, psychologist says student needs permanency

Since last week,  cases in Dublin  have taken place at  the 19th century building at Chancery Street instead of Dolphin House in Temple Bar.

Building is far from ideal for cases involving families of children taken into care

Justice George Birmingham wrote to the Department of Public Expenditure last December and said members of the judiciary had been seeking a pension scheme “for a decade or more”, but “obstacles” had been put in the way.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Association of Judges of Ireland say ‘obstacles’ have been put in way of judiciary

The children’s referendum was signed into law in April 2015. It requires that the views of the child  be ascertained in family and child care law matters.

Care Leavers’ Network call for national service for court-appointed guardians

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald asked her department to write and ask the Bar Council to confirm it followed its internal procedures correctly. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Department of Justice ‘pleased’ council is satisfied its procedures were followed

The Council of the Bar of Ireland  says, at a meeting on January 28th, it decided to nominate David Barniville SC to the board of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Member of Law Library claims David Barniville’s nomination was not transparent

At present, an overnight allowance of €121 can be claimed by judges if they are 24km or more from home. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Court sittings could be disrupted if judges rise early to be home by ‘reasonable hour’

The direct provision centre in Mount Trenchard located in Foynes, Co Limerick. Photgraph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

C&AG report says people are continuing to live in centres after being granted status

Court-appointed guardians cost State total of €9.1 million to provide in 2015

The Government’s 14-seater Gulfstream IV jet, which had been in service since 1992, was sold in January 2015, for €400,000.

Spare parts bought for €1.4 million were sold for €53,000, C&AG reports

A report looked at the financial models of more than 400 private and community childcare facilities and found 70 per cent of their costs was made up of wages and on average, they operated on a breakeven basis. File photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Katherine Zappone says benefits for ‘squeezed middle’ depend on level of investment

There are currently three judicial vacancies; one at Supreme Court level and two at Circuit Court level. File photograph: Getty Images

Independent Alliance minister also calls for declaration of interests for judges

Feedback on the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy will be collated and a revised strategy will be brought to Minister for State for Equality David Stanton. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy to be signed off by end of 2016

Age Action wants the abolition of prescription charges for medical card holders, and restoration of the fuel and telephone allowance. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

More than 85,000 people over 65 are living in deprivation, Irish charity says

There will be a drop in quality and availability of child care if the Government does not address a “crisis” in the industry in the upcoming Budget, Early Childhood Ireland has warned.

Second year of free pre-school ‘too difficult’ to deliver, warns Early Childhood Ireland

Sinead Ní Dhulaing Johnson was subjected to an overdose of chemotherapy medication

Medical Council told of allegations by husband of chemo overdose patient against oncologist

A toddler found soaking wet in a park with her drunk and unconscious father has been taken into the care of the State, the Dublin District Family Court has heard.  File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Girl was soaking wet when she was discovered in her buggy in a park, court hears

Luas  passengers   at Heuston station:  public disorder figures show there were 177 incidents of anti-social behaviour reported by Luas drivers so far this year, 40 thefts, 62 threats to staff and 24 threats to the public. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Luas drivers reported 320 incidents this year, while customer complaints also down

 Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland: “High costs have had a devastating impact on gender equality.” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Body welcomes new system of subsidising childcare being considered by Government

Care Leavers’ Network Ireland calls for €80 million extra for Tusla in budget

Senator Michael McDowell: former attorney general and minister for justice has   endorsed motion    from two other Independent Senators. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Suggestion of register of interests for judges dropped from Seanad motion

“If there was greater recruitment of social workers, more staff could be dedicated to foster care teams . . . There would be less need for private foster care companies.” Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Profits of private companies could be used to build State’s resources

Placing a child in private foster care costs an average of €58,000 per year, more than three times the amount individual foster carers receive, new figures show. File photograph: iStock

Tusla paid €18.35m to nine companies last year to source, vet and support carers

The average awards made by the Injuries Board for car crash claims have been stable for the past six or seven years, an Oireachtas committee examining price increases in car insurance has been told.

Injuries Board says money paid out has been static despite rises in insurance premiums

More than 60,000 students are due to get their Junior Cert results today.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Results in 26 subjects may be obtained online after 4pm or directly from schools

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission chairwoman Isolde Goggin said statements signalling motor insurance price rises could result in “a degree of unspoken co-ordination” between rival insurers. File photograph: Getty Images

Commission checking if insurers have signalled premiums rises to each other

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