A USB stick which a High  Court judge had directed should be kept in Denis  O’Brien’s solicitor’s office in Dublin had for a time been with a company called Digitpol in Rotterdam, it has emerged. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

No interference with ‘encrypted chamber’ on device holding key documents, says counsel

  Maurice Gaffney: “I owe a lot to my colleagues. They have made me happy and have always been reliable.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

At almost 100 years old, Maurice Gaffney SC still works at the Bar and says he would be ‘lost without it’

When chief executive of Tusla Gordon Jeyes learned of the ‘Grace’ case he was told that the matter was being investigated. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gordon Jeyes says he is to see the reports drafted on the allegations of abuse

A prison officer in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/Files

New report highlights harassment, says threat of violence more likely in male prisons

 Michael Lowry, pictured at the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Courts Collins

High Court rejects TD’s efforts to have the State pay his Moriarty tribunal legal bills

Michael Lowry: the politician has said he will appeal Mr Justice Hedigan’s ruling to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent TD Lowry faces a multimillion-euro costs bill if appeal is not successful

The Law Reform Commission is seeking submissions from interested parties on a range of possible reforms that would affect how the Financial Regulator and other regulatory bodies conduct their work

Law Reform Commission invites ideas on criminalising corporate wrongdoing

John and Marie Stoker, parents of Robert Stoker, leaving the coroner’s inquest in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph: John Kelly

Family’s desire to have matter ruled on by High Court

Michael Lowry: The Moriarty tribunal found that Lowry, as minister for communications, took money from businessman Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Courts Collins

Independent has long history of questionable behaviour yet is viable option for voters – and Taoiseach

Indian barrister Colin Gonsalves has said the Irish courts are ‘timid, pessimistic and slow’ when it comes to vindicating human rights.

Indian barrister Colin Gonsalves criticises State’s ‘traditional’ approach to litigation

Conor McGregor celebrates after his first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight on December 12th, 2015 in Las Vegas. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Ireland has strong privacy laws but famous people can face fight to assert their rights

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri: expressed concern at the growing interest being shown by extremist Islamic groups in the UK in trying to radicalise young Irish Muslims. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri says group has failed to address issues facing Muslims here

Judges designated to oversee the operation of laws allowing the bugging of telephones and the collection of communications data by the Irish authorities usually do their work in one or two days each year. Photograph: Thinkstock

Judges designated to oversee operation ofregulations in Ireland write one-page reports

NewsBrands Ireland welcomed the decision of the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald  to establish a review of the legislative system whereby journalists’ phone records have been accessed. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

NewsBrands Ireland says current legislation breaches right to freedom of expression

Dr Lydia Foy with solicitor Michael Farrell outside the High Court after it ruled that the State had breached her rights. Photograph: Frank Miller

Michael Farrell earned his stripes in the bad old days of the Troubles before taking on human rights cases in the Republic

Michael Lowry: The ‘Lowry tapes’ contained ‘as good an admission of criminal wrongdoing as one would ever hope to find’, according to counsel for the DPP. Photograph: Courts/Collins

Analysis: DPP says the charges against the TD could result in up to five years in jail

 High Court proceedings arose out of a decision by the Revenue appeals commissioner  that Denis  O’Brien’s home was in Portugal, not Ireland, which meant he was not liable for capital gains tax of €56.8 million on €285 million he received for his shares in Esat. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Inspector to investigate Esat Telecom shares and BT Hawthorn loan exchange

Buinessman Denis O’Brien as lost his High Court appeal against a Circuit Court decision in relation to a tax case.

Case concerns Revenue finding that O’Brien tax return 15 years ago was insufficient particularly in relation to exchange of Esat T(...)

Michael Lowry TD  at the Moriarty Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Eric Luke

Lowry had told the High Court money received in 2002 was booked by his company in 2007

Hiqa inspectors have found major instances of non-compliance  in nursing homes in Co Dublin, Co Cork, Co Limerick and Co Mayo. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hiqa releases new reports on unannounced inspections at a number of centres

Photographed at the funeral of former attorney general Patrick Connolly at the Church of the Assumption , Dakey are, from left,  former Chief Justice John Murray and Chief Justice Ms Susan Denham Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Malcolm Macarthur was arrested in Connolly’s apartment in 1982 ‘Gubu’ case

Denis O’Brien: An interview with the businessman has yet to take place but will be sought. Photograph: The Irish Times

Michael Lowry indicates he has does not expect to be interviewed by the bureau

Ireland’s Cian O’Connor: during a hearing the Irish side argued that the rider should have been stopped after he was distracted by someone running across the arena at an event in Aachen

Court ruling means Ireland would miss the Olympic team showjumping event in Rio

Remy Farrell SC, for Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Frances Fitzgerald, said it was “ironic” the more “infamous the conduct of the person concerned”, the more difficult it would be to expel them from your territory.

Most states will not send someone home to be tortured. But what of threats to those states?

A man  fighting the State’s attempt to deport him  has an absolute right to be protected from torture, the Court of Appeal has heard. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

European court issues direction on case taken on the grounds of national security

President Michael D Higgins has called  a Council of State meeting over the new asylum Bill. Photograph: Dave Meehan

President Higgins raises concerns over definitions of the family in new legislation

Julianne Kokott, advocate general to the European Court of Justice, rejected arguments against the EU directive by global tobacco groups. Photograph: Getty Images

EU advocate says 2014 EU tobacco directive calls for plain packaging on cigarette packs

Cheap and selling fast: near-empty shelves of drink at a Dublin supermarket. Photograph: Alan Betson

European Court of Justice fails to back Scottish plan for minimum unit pricing

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy: Found guilty of not paying income tax for nine years. Photograph: Collins

Gang believe ‘architects of peace process’ assured them they would not be targeted

Mr Justice Peter Kelly: is expected to set about applying in the High Court the demanding standards he imposed in the Commercial Court. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Analysis: Judge was at the centre of a major row with the Coalition only two years ago

Competition for work between barristers is a “significant feature of the Irish system”, according to the Bar Council. Photograph: Collins

Slide in payments for public work a big factor in increased numbers exiting profession

Mr Justice Peter Kelly: not seen as being close to either Government party. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Kelly’s appointment greeted with surprise in State’s legal and political circles

Road traffic offences constitute a huge proportion of all charges brought before Irish courts and drink-driving charges are among the most contested

New swab machines to be available for gardaí to test for narcotics – heroin, cocaine, cannabis

The Eglinton Hostel direct provision centre in Salthill, Galway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bill could result in significantly fewer than 20,000 refugees coming to State, group says

File photograph of the Midlands prison in Portlaoise by Bryan O’Brien. Almost half of all prisoners released in 2009 had reoffended within three years, a study by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has found.

CSO says true figure may be higher as not all offences recorded on Garda Pulse computer system

The decision to grant politician Mick Wallace early release, which is very common for people sentenced to jail for the non-payment of fines, was made by a senior staff member of the Irish Prisons Service.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Senior Irish Prisons Service staff would have made call on TD Mick Wallace’s detention

A high number of cases that come before the District Courts are prosecutions that originated by way of a fixed charge notice for a road traffic offence. Photograph: Frank Miller

People with unpaid fines would not be able to tax their cars or buy a new vehicle

The reform commission recommends that only courts should be allowed to issue search warrants. Photograph: Frank Miller

Law Reform Commission’s core recommendation is for the introduction of a search warrants Act

Businessman Denis O’Brien has said he is going to seek punitive damages against Dublin communications company Red Flag Consulting and five personal defendants because of the suggestion that he may have illegally gained possession of a USB stick containing documents created by the company.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg.

Businessman unhappy with notion he may have illegally gained possession of USB stick

Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy: In May, she ruled the Circuit Court did not have jurisdiction to hear a case in which Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank sought to repossess the home of a Cavan couple. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Conflicting High Court judgments result in cases being adjourned as banks seek clarity

Asylum-seekers from Iraq  await registration at a  centre in Giessen, western Germany,  December 2nd, 2015. The International Protection Bill, currently before the Seanad,  could see asylum-seekers being swiftly deported from Ireland after a “cursory examination of their applications”, according to Sue Conlon of the Irish Refugee Council.  File photograph: Boris Roessler/AFP/Getty Images

Department says new law will bring Irish asylum system into line with rest of Europe

Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners Niall Cody: he said the rise in receipts is widely based. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Developments driven by Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Beps) boost Irish tax

Michael Farrell. Photograph: Frank Miller

Michael Farrell says better protection for cultural, economic and social rights needed

The existing law in Northern Ireland only allows for abortions in cases where a woman’s life is at risk or there is a serious risk to her mental or physical health. Photograph: Getty Images

Route open for Dublin-based body but would involve Strasbourg decision on Republic law

Attorney General Máire Whelan: has been asked to draft new bankruptcy Bill. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Government hopes new rules will persuade banks to engage with insolvency regime

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice says process needed to discuss future of eighth amendment

  Probation Service director Vivian Guerin, Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan,  Irish Prison Service director Micheal Donlon  and assistant commissioner Supt John Twomey.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice says a group of about 200 repeat offenders will be focus of the project

Alex White said renewable energy was not just an issue facing rural communities. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister faces backlash from protesters who want 500m distance from homes changed to 2km

Sheik Zayed Road in Dubai: Imtiaz Khoda,  with an address in Dubai, has been charged in relation to an alleged fraud concerning the diversion of £12 million from the National Health Service and other entities. Photograph: Gabriela Maj/Bloomberg

Profile Group founder facing charge was behind property developments in Dubai

Muriel and Kevin Thornton: struggling to survive in difficult circumstances of early 2014. Photograph: Fergal Phillips.

Tribunal does not accept that inappropriate inquiry about pregnancy was made

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD photographed during the Global Irish Economic Forum at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach pledges constitutional review of Eighth Amendment if he is re-elected

Ireland has made “good progress” towards  ratifying a UN protocol designed to support improved standards in  places of detention, Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald has said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fitzgerald ‘determined’ to allow for ratification of protocol to Convention against Torture

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said Enda Kenny made the decision on the Eighth Amendment alone. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fitzgerald says announcement was ‘very thoughtful response’ to complex abortion issue

Additional 600 members of force to start training at Templemore in 2016

In 2014 the Department of Justice and Equality said the setting up of specialist family law courts could be dealt with through legislation. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

District Family Court, Circuit Family Court and Family High Court are to be established

 Michael Lowry has lodged proceedings  against Independent News & Media over its publication of the so-called Lowry tapes. File photograph:  Collins Courts

Publication of tapes in 2013 featuring Lowry and businessman Kevin Phelan caused sensation

 Michael Lowry, then  minister for transport, energy and communications (left) and  Denis O’Brien, then chairman of Esat Digifone,  in 1996. File photograph:  Moya Nolan/The Irish Times

Michael Lowry challenging award of only 30% of fees due to lack of co-operation

Michael Lowry  is taking a case against the State saying the Moriarty tribunal treated him in ways that contravened his constitutional rights and were contrary to provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent TD now taking four High Court cases - all linked to the tribunal

 Independent TD Michael Lowry at the Moriarty Tribunal at Dublin Castle  in October 2010. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Analysis: Power of tribunals has been diminished by a series of court cases

New Denis O’Brien Gulfstream has been delivered to Dublin Airport

Aircraft bears an Isle of Man registration but displays an Irish Tricolour

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald amended  the bill on the advice of the attorney general that the Bar Council could sue. Pic: Collins Photos.

It would be extraordinary if barristers and solicitors were not in the premier league when it comes to arguing their case to Gover(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says new authority should be in operation by January as part of reforms

The Smith & Williamson survey, involving 105 companies, included 15 of the State’s top 20 law firms, most of which said their turnover had improved.

Seventy per cent of respondents say turnover has improved in the past year

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily, German welfare authorities have come on board to investigate whether some Ryanair pilots really are self-employed. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Investigation has grown to include 50 pilots who are not officially Ryanair employees

Thomas Reid of Hedsor House, Leixlip, Co Kildare: said his grandfather bought the house and farm in the early 1900s and that he had never considered selling the land. Photograph: Collins Courts

Thomas Reid wins appeal against IDA’s effort to compulsorily purchase home and farm

Thomas Reid of Hedsor House, Leixlip, Co Kildare, outside the Four Courts on Thursday  after judgment was handed down  in his Supreme Court appeal against an earlier  High Court ruling. Photograph: Collins Courts

Thomas Reid’s victory will not affect compulsory purchase orders generally

 Apple’s latest annual report indicates a substantial increase in the amount of tax it may be paying in Ireland.

Technology company made the largest profit in its history in year to end of September

Eva Panicker and her father Roopesh speaking on the eve of summit event the Future of Ireland, at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Venture capitalists rue loss of annual gathering but remain bullish on city’s potential

File picture of the crashed Airbus, which  was covered by the 2002 agreement. Photograph: Reuters/Kim Philipp Piskol

2002 deal left Irish-registered craft under remit of lessee Kolavia’s aviation authorities

Eamon Ryan: “Making public the history of [the qualifying] transactions would greatly improve public confidence in the approach that has been taken. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Transparency on loan details necessary, Green Party leader tells Noonan in letter

Property developer John Barry: associated locally with substantial donations and investments in the local community, in particular in relation to the new GAA complex in Mallow, but also for support for a local school and other facilities and activities in the Mallow area.  Photograph:  Patrick Hogan/Provision

At peak, Castlelands Construction was building up to 700 houses a year and employed up to 500

 Theo Cullinane, chief executive  of BAM Ireland:    “Experience in recent years has shown that the new forms of contract for public works in Ireland have proven adversarial rather than partnering in nature.” Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Turnover up 15 per cent as large builder continues to reduce focus on public works

Gerry Adams  in Long Kesh prison with Brendan Hughes. He would know whether the IRA oversees Sinn Fein

Gerry Adams part of group that sought to overhaul the republican movement

Independent TD Michael Lowry:  said he did not want to comment on his personal business affairs.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alteration means TD’s firm no longer required to file publicly available accounts

 Last year Google Ireland bought the Grand Mill Quay building on Barrow Street, Dublin, for €65.1 million, and the Dock Mill Building, also on Barrow Street, for €13.9 million. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Dublin-based company pays €41.5 million tax in 2014 on €209 million reported profit

 Federal Reserve building  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Fears that US Federal Reserve may wait until deep into 2016 before hiking interest rates

 In  2014 Quinn Industrial Holdings took over activities of the former Quinn Group relating to cement, concrete, quarrying and insulation products, as well as its packaging division.

Quinn Industrial Holdings took over certain activities of former Quinn Group in 2014

Stefan Gerlach (right) and economist John FitzGerald at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland annual conference in Dublin  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Stefan Gerlach tells conference mortgage rules designed to be permanent part of market

Maximum shops can be charged for such transactions cut to 0.1%

The State is to introduce country-by-country reporting for multinationals in accordance with OECD  recommendations. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Michael Noonan to implement OECD’s Beps recommendations as part of tax strategy

Michael Noonan said fostering innovation would be critical to Ireland’s new economic model and the KDB was designed to incentivise this.

‘Knowledge development box’ announced in budget with aim of encouraging innovation

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66), of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to tax offences for the years 1996/97 to 2004. Photograph: Collins Courts

Republican denies any ‘hand or part’ in applying for farm payments

The High Court will hear Persona’s third-party funding details on November 17th. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Persona seeking damages on basis of claim O’Brien’s Esat Digifone won licence illegally

Raw sewage is being pumped directly into water systems in 44 locations.

Water pipes twice as old as European average, half of clean water lost through leakage

International Monetary Fund chief economist Maurice Obstfeld answers questions at the World Economic Outlook Press Conference in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Stephen Jaffe/IMF via Getty Images

International Monetary Fund cuts its global growth forecasts a second time this year

Ireland will have to act wisely, observing which way the wind is blowing, measuring its response, and all the while seeking to preserve the benefits of its vital foreign direct investment sector

Will Beps proposals see billions more in taxes paid by companies to governments?

Welcoming the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Beps) report, Mr Noonan said the OECD proposals would “play to Ireland’s advantage”, despite fears it could provoke a flight of multinationals. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Noonan welcomes plan but says EU should not attempt to go further

Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

OECD director says double-Irish is over but that does not mean Ireland will lose business

The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Paris, France, on Friday, May 28, 2010. Slovenia, along with Israel and Estonia, are joining the Paris-based organization of 31 of the world’s most developed economies. Photographer: Antoine Antoniol/Bloomberg

High Irish tax rates seen as impediment to persuading key executives to locate here

Just 48 taxpayers account for €109 million in tax write-offs

Amount of tax owed at the end of March was €2 billion, 9% less than two years earlier

The project involved 787 cases of tax evasion, and by the end of 2014 about 80 per cent had been closed, with a yield of €15.4 million.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Non-payment of tax on expenses, salaries paid to family members among findings

The Priory Hall complex in Dublin, from which residents were evacuated over fire safety defects in October 2011. Tom McFeely was one of its two developers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move comes just months after developer Tom McFeely was blocked from emerging from bankruptcy by Irish courts

Iceland branch in Cabra: Accounts  say it continued to trade successfully and that three stores opened and one closed, during the year to the end of March. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Group plans to open new Irish outlets and increase staff to up to 1,000

Mayor of London Boris Johnson: has used his power to ‘call in’ Shoreditch project. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Mayor of London to decide on planning permission following developer’s request

Businessman Paddy Cosgrove had contacts with the Government prior to the decision to move the Web Summit to Lisbon

Billionaire George Soros has reduced his exposure to Irish commercial property market

Anglo Irish Bank: the tax bill relates to salaries and one-off special bonuses to senior executives. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Invoice mainly comes from unpaid income tax owed by Anglo

Former INM chief executive Liam Healy Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Healy was a close business associate of Sir Anthony O’Reilly

 Paddy Cosgrave,   the Web Summit’s founder,  with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny    at the RDS in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke

Firm majority owned by Patrick Cosgrave show shareholders’ funds of €1.8m

Some observers believe a public country-by-country reporting regime for multinationals will eventually be put in place. Photograph: Getty Images

Measures aimed at ensuring companies disclose more information to authorities

Borrowing in the years up to 2008 by Anglo Irish Bank, Irish Nationwide, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Irish Life and the EBS so they could lend money  was so out of control that it destroyed the institutions themselves.

Audited results for banks during those years showed healthy profits

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