A boy in the care of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, may not be able to attend primary school if he is not supplied with a special needs assistant, Dublin District Family Court heard. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Social worker tells judge boy would need dedicated special needs assistant in class

The mother’s solicitor claimed the father had four different vehicles, including a Porsche 911 (similar to above), as well as having paid for the birthday stretch limo, hotel function room and professional photographer. File photograph: Getty Images

Mother’s solicitor claims father had four different vehicles, including a Porsche 911

Josaphine Feehily, chairperson of the  Policing Authority. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The independent body was set up to oversee the performance of An Garda Síochána

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Policing Authority meeting for discussions about community safety.

Policing Authority told new bureau seized €36m of drugs and 36 weapons in first year

The National Maternity Hospital, known as Holles Street hospital, has said the arrangement proposed by St Vincent’s would eliminate the maternity hospital as an independent entity and eliminate the “decision-making capacity at senior clinical and corporate level”, creating “unacceptable clinical risk”. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

St Vincent’s offered site for Holles Street hospital on basis of single system of governance

The Road Traffic Act 2010 prohibits the application of the poor box to offences that attract penalty points, including speeding, from June 1st, 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

In excess of one-third of drivers before District Court for speeding had cases struck out

The snapchat vido showed James Boyle taking cocaine in a bathroom

Tribunal finds against James Boyle who lost waiter job in Dublin city centre restaurant

Judge Marie Quirke was told that the girls got into pyjamas as soon as they returned home to keep their school uniforms clean because clothes were not being washed

Dublin District Family Court hears how mother was ‘incoherent’ when gardaí called

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting on Dublin’s Sheriff Street. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Locals say garda presence in Sheriff Street had reduced in recent days

Social workers can  find it difficult to keep track of families that move repeatedly from one area to another.  File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 1,000 high priority cases not yet assigned social workers at end of 2015, figures show

An abused teenager has said her jailed mother could never admit to wrongdoing, has not attempted to talk to her or her siblings, nor had anything to do with them for years. The sentence imposed on their mother gave her and her siblings justice, she said. File photograph: Getty Images

Social workers came to home but mother was ‘convincing and vindictive’ says teenager

A garda said he visited the toddler’s home with social workers from Tusla  last month. He found the toddler in dirty clothes and with greasy hair, sitting on the floor with toys everywhere. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Judge makes supervision order for six months

Mother sentenced to 4½ years for beating, starving and neglecting children

Some areas have twice the case counts of others. Photograph: Getty Images

Statistics indicate highest count of almost 15,000 in Clare – but just over 6,000 in Mayo

Court-appointed guardian said the teenager had a “relatively difficult” experience in care. He had had no contact with his father and his mother was “ambivalent”.

Homelessness is teenager’s “central fear” leaving care, Dublin District Family Court hears

 A general view of the Hong Kong offices of Panama-headquartered law firm Mossack Fonseca. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

Vladimir Putin spokesman says ‘Putinophobia’ means it is impossible to speak well of Russia

Tiernan Brady of Glen, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Glen director Tiernan Brady speaks about helping LGBTI rights activists abroad

Edward Keenan, of Curracreehan, Moydow, Co Longford, has been imprisoned for driving with no insurance. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

District Court judge jails man who had 13 previous convictions for road traffic offences

A social worker report said the father was showing signs of parental alienation syndrome, a condition in which one parent tries to turn a child against the other.  Photograph: Getty Images

Woman said she suffered mental torture and abuse for years and her husband undermined her

The judge ordered the man to provide written evidence of his arrangements with the charity and adjourned the case to April

Court hears cameras installed ‘in every room and crevice’ in the couple’s home

 Care order extended: judge advised father to accept any help on offer. Photograph: Vladimir Cetinski/Getty

Father’s anger ‘burning him up inside’, court-appointed guardian tells family court

 Bernard Daly was initially charged in 2013 with not having provided a specific bank account to Revenue in November 2003.  Photograph: Court Collins.

O’Mahony and Daly trial, riddled with confusion, was not the State’s finest hour

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Tiarnan O’Mahoney had his conviction quashed but may yet face a retrial. Photograph: Court Collins.

The introduction of Dirt tax in 1986 was the starting point for the issues in this case

Former Anglo Irish Bank company secretary Bernard Daly (left) and former chief operations officer Tiarnan O’Mahoney. Photographs: Collins Courts/Irish Times

Court finds Anglo trial judge ‘in error’ when he attempted to adjudicate on admissibility

Fr Peter McVerry said there are currently 1,700 children in emergency homeless accommodation, mostly in Dublin. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Outgoing Government scores C on keeping its promises to children, charity report says

More than 250 witness statements were collected by gardaí in advance of the criminal trial of Shaun Kelly.  Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Relatives of crash victims paid €778,000 for reports in 2014, Garda figures show

David Drumm: Accused of forgery, conspiracy and false accounting for loans in 2008 designed to buttress Anglo’s plunging share price

Former bank executive likely to seek bail at Dublin court hearing

Former Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive  David Drumm pictured in 2009. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ex-Anglo chief executive facing 33 charges over transactions

 Supreme Court judges, the  President of the High Court and the President of the Court of Appeal during a special sitting to commemorate the late Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman at the Supreme Court, Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Analysis: Uncertainty surrounds appointment of Adrian Hardiman’s replacement

The wife said she was aware the house would have to be sold once there was a legal separation

Estranged spouse broke into family home, but told court entitled to key to own property

Then and now: Corner of Sackville Street and Eden Quay, Dublin

Gardaí expecting ‘tsunami of people’ as 360,000 due in capital for Sunday parade

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald described the judge as a “fearless defender of the Constitution” and a man of extraordinary intellectual ability who made an enormous contribution. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Late Supreme Court judge was ‘proud and patriotic Irishman’, says President Higgins

A fluent Irish language speaker, Hardiman had been due to give an address at NUI Galway on Monday, questioning the State’s commitment to the Irish language. Photograph: Eric Luke

Late Supreme Court judge had been due to give lecture at Easter on 1916 Proclamation

A migrant  seeking to cross the Greek-Macedonian border is injured   after a fight with another migrant at a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 7th, 2016. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

International Protection Act 2015 due to come into effect later this year

Charities have warned politicians that the housing and homelessness emergency will continue to deteriorate while they discus forming a government. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

222 people newly homeless in time between call of general election and first Dáil meeting

 Justice Adrian Hardiman (left) photographed with   Judge John Quirke, President of the Law Reform Commission in 2013. Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

From being called to the Bar in 1974, we look at the highlights of a long career

The judge  made an order prohibiting publication of the case until the end of July. At that stage, it will be open to the DPP Claire Loftus (above) to apply for an extension of the order, should she deem it necessary

Judge Brendan Toale said publication “might be prejudicial” to any criminal trial

Chief Justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham made the lowest expenses claim among Supreme Court judges last year, claiming less than €250. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Irish Times

Highest claim of €52,800 made by District court judge Terence Finn

Kildare North: Third TD elected of four

Kildare North: Second TD elected of four

Kildare North: Fourth TD elected of four

“It’s time for Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to stop the pettiness and come together to form a Government,” said Labour’s Alan Kelly. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Labour TD says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should put the country first and coalesce

Seán Ó Fearghail

Kildare South: Third TD elected of three

Former Mayor of Kildare Fiona O’Loughlin

Kildare South: Second TD elected of three

Martin Heydon

Kildare South: First TD elected of three

Catherine Murphy TD with candidates Anne-Marie McNally and Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kildare North: First TD elected of four

Indications show Martin Heydon Fine Gael, on 21 per cent, Fiona O’Loughlin, Fianna Fáil, on 18 per cent, her party running mate Sean Ó Fearghaíl, on 16 per cent and Labour’s Mark Wall on 13 per cent.

Sean O’Fearghail and Fiona O’Loughlin successful as Labour the big loser

From L-R: Catherine Murphy (Social Democrats); Bernard Durkan (Fine Gael); Emmett Stagg (Labour); Anthony Lawlor (Fine Gael)

Social Democrat Catherine Murphy elected on the first count

Court heard a Garda  saw a silver BMW parked with no ticket and a disability permit. When she contacted the Irish Wheelchair Association, she was told the permit was issued to  a man who had died.

Woman accused of not having correct car tax and using dead father’s parking permit

Judge Mary Fahy said an address at Sylvan Avenue, Newcastle, Galway, had been given by countless people from Lithuania who came before her accused of selling drugs.

Address in Newcastle has been given by many people in court on drug-dealing charges

The judge at a District Family Court  advised the  parties to consider mediation. “Life is short,” she said. File photograph: Getty Images

Woman tells court her mother did not want to see baby because of infant’s ‘different colour’

Prof Helen Buckley: “I wouldn’t be saying if these young people had male social workers they would do better, but any positive role-modelling of males is probably a good thing.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Dr Helen Buckley says lack of men in the field means fathers are often not engaged with

Independent TD Joan Collins outside Dublin District Court yesterday after charges over a water protest against her and eight others were dismissed. photograph: collins

Court could not be sure “the people at whom the direction was directed”, could hear it

Independent TD Joan Collins who has been found not guilty of failing to comply with a garda direction during an anti-water meter protest.   Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge says no evidence Independent TD part of group or had a common design to breach the peace

Independent TD Joan Collins arriving at Dublin District Court. She and her co-defendants are accused of failing to comply with a garda’s direction to leave the vicinity at Parnell Road, Harold’s Cross last April. Photograph: Collins Courts

Independent among 11 defendants facing charges over water charge protest in Dublin

The trial of United Left Alliance TD Joan Collins and 10 others for public order offences in connection with charges related to an anti-water charge protest in Dublin, has begun at the Dublin District Court.

United Left Alliance TD and 10 others were protesting against installation of water meters

Europol chief says reason for seeking accounts was pursuit of witnesses, who could say something about what was going on

Agency monitors violent content on social media, deputy head tells forum in Dublin

Actor Laurence Kinlan at the launch of a video produced by students from Larkin Community College, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Laurence Kinlan says mood in north inner city tense in wake of gangland shootings

Dolphin House, East Essex Street, which houses the family court. Image: Google Street view

Woman cannot be assessed for reunification with children until accommodation found

Changes to legislation in Britain means authority unable to take new cases to ban drink-drivers in the North from driving here. Photograph: Frank Miller

Bans on northern drivers cannot be applied here until new legislation is implemented

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy

Employers’ body calls for wider tax net

Former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm, is due before a Boston magistrate on Monday after he offered to return to Ireland under certain conditions.

Former Anglo chief due before Boston court after proposing to return home provided he is not jailed on arrival

A man who claimed he’d been kidnapped by gardaí after driving without a seatbelt was among the cases at Carrick-on-Suir District Court on Thursday. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Man alleged officer ‘stole’ his vehicle after he was stopped for driving without a seatbelt

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Aodhán Ó Riordáin TD canvassing at Thunders Home Bakery and Deli with staff member, Daphne Grecco, in Clontarf, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Tánaiste joins Ó Riordáin for canvassing and coffee cake in Dublin seaside neighbourhood

Dublin District Family Court:  Child and Family Agency tells judge in  access application of nine-month waiting list for such reports. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Woman denies exaggerating son’s medical condition to seek extra maintenance

An amendment will be needed to correct an “implicit contradiction” in legislation, introduced by section 17 of the Road Traffic Act 2014, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe told Seanad. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

AG’s advice is that intention of law is clear despite the error, says Donohoe

Attorney general Máire Whelan. She said those reporting court proceedings were performing an important public service

Examination follows comments by attorney general Máire Whelan

Dolphin House, East Essex Street,  which houses the family court.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Family Lawyers Association says 19th-century courthouse not right for 21st century

Second teen accused of incident in Rathfarnham opts for District Court hearing

Dublin District Family Court. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Child had been left in the care of ‘highly intoxicated’ man for 24 hours by his mother

 Syrian refugees perform an Arabic dance at an intercultural evening in Monasterevin, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Syrian and Iraqi arrivals are presented with donation at intercultural event in Kildare

Richard Boyd Barrett at a water protest in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Water charges to be central issue in election, says Unite spokesman Brendan Ogle

The director general of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac), Noeline Blackwell, is to leave her post at the end of February, the charity has announced. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Tributes to ‘lasting contribution’ of solicitor after 10 years with free legal information group

The judge had a list of more than 50 cases before him for the latest session of the District Criminal Court at Sligo Courthouse. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

Latest session of Sligo court heard of a man driving into a Patrick’s Day parade

A couple who won €500,000 in the lottery split up after the money ran out, a court has heard. File photograph: Philip Sears/Reuters

Woman seeking maintenance says her partner left when ‘the money was gone’

The Minister for Justice  brought a number of powers included in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 into force this week, including one that will give single parents greater rights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New Act will see more children coming before judges to give testimony

The Criminal Justice (Offences relating to Information Systems) Bill 2016 will create new offences relating to the unauthorised accessing of information systems. File photograph: Getty Images

Bill outlaws planting of malicious software and accessing of data on information systems

The request for the translation was made following a legal challenge to a drink-driving charge, taken on the basis that some road traffic legislation was not available in Irish . Photograph: Frank Miller

Translations of word ‘speciman’ could have had ‘serious legal consequences’

Former Anglo Irish Bank company secretary Bernard Daly (left) and former chief operations officer Tiernan O’Mahoney. They  were jailed in July for conspiracy to falsify bank records and defraud the Revenue Commissioners, and are appealing their convictions and the length of their sentences. Photographs: Collins Courts/The Irish Times

State counsel reject arguments of unfair trial for former Anglo Irish Bank executives

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Tiarnán O’Mahoney. Photograph: Court Collins.

Former bank executives Bernard Daly and Tiarnán O’Mahoney appealing convictions

Bernard Daly was sentenced to two years in prison last July. Photograph: Collins

Bernard Daly should never have been put on trial for conspiracy offences, counsel says

  Former Anglo Irish Bank official Tiarnan O’Mahoney: jailed for conspiring to falsify bank records and  to defraud   Revenue Commissioners and for  furnishing incorrect information to the Revenue Court Photograph: Collins/Courts

Tiarnan O’Mahoney’s counsel tells Court of Criminal Appeal he should have been tried separately from co-accused

Tiarnan O’Mahoney was sentenced to three years in prison by Judge Patrick McCartan at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July, 2015. Photograph: Collins

Tiarnan O’Mahoney and Bernard Daly are appealing convictions and length of sentences

  James Reilly: looking at options for guardians in child care cases. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Service could be run by State or by existing private entity such as Barnardos

Ireland’s member: Judge Eugene Regan of the Court of Justice, a former barrister, Fine Gael senator and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor

Allowances include allocations for household, entertainment, children and education

An anonymous letter sent to a school and a DVD of a garda interview with a young girl at the centre of an allegation of under-aged sex, were among items agreed for disclosure in a case at Tallaght District Court on Friday.

Five teenage boys accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl in Rathfarnham, Dublin

 Reporting results: The Courts Service has said the internationally accepted method for measuring conviction rates is to base the figures only on cases that proceed to full hearing before the courts – this results in a conviction rate of 86 per cent. Photograph: Frank Miller

Analysis: Many cases fall by wayside before proceeding to a hearing or are struck out

System means least law abiding citizen has advantage, District Court judge says

One in 10 Irish women develops breast cancer in their lifetime and more than 2,500 cases  are diagnosed each year. Photograph: Thinkstock

Breast Cancer Research asks people to host events on women’s little Christmas

Garret FitzGerald wished to speak in French when addressing the Institut Français des Relations Internationales in Paris. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

FitzGerald agrees to address Paris conference on evolution of Irish foreign policy

David Norris, left, and Geoffrey Dudgeon of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association. Photograph: Pat Langan

State was fighting in European Court of Human Rights to retain ban on homosexuality

Former chief state solicitor Louis Dockery with Major RH Bicker: opinion sought on possible  legal complications of women gardaí continuing to use their maiden names after marriage. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Chief state solicitor did not sympathise with preference but saw no objection to it

 Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes premises at Ballsbridge: The Hospitals Sweepstake argued the State had a moral obligation to its employees, as thoughts turned to the idea of the  National Lottery. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Fears raised that decision to run lottery would be at expense of Hospitals Sweepstake

 Garret FitzGerald with Nuala Fennell, who was the minister of state for women’s affairs. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

Despite plan made with women’s charity, event clashed with bank holiday weekend

The government authorised the minister for foreign affairs  to submit the harp and shamrock to the World Intellectual Property Organisation for registration as trademarks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Who’s Who in Ireland’ had harp design as‘an exact reproduction of the official crest’

Then taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald: said that controls on visiting the prison were vital for security. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Lack of physical contact between prisoner and visitor ‘unjust and inhumane’

What was revealed during the murder trial of Graham Dwyer (centre) was a person with a dark and twisted mind, and a sex scene that had allowed him to prey on vulnerable women. File photograph: Collins Courts

Facade of middle-class normality disintegrated amid trial over Elaine O’Hara’s killing

In 1985, then minister for justice Michael Noonan was concerned  there were four retired judges on the Special Criminal Court. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government agrees to adopt policy to remove retired judges from Special Criminal Court

Dr Patrick Hillery:  his secretary advised against making the referral. In a handwritten note to the president, Micheál Ó hOdhráin said the legislation had generated a lot of heat inside and outside the Dáil, as well as “heavy mail”.  Photograph: Pat Langan

Hundreds wrote to President Patrick Hillery urging not to sign law on buying condoms

Apart from Michael Collins, there were seven presidents and eight taoisigh to be considered, with one president and four taoisigh being “still alive”. Photograph: Hulton Archive

Official said in note that next of kin ‘will be less demanding in this regard than the living’

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