Referring to revelations at the Public Accounts Committee  about  financial mismanagement at the Garda College in Templemore, Minister of State  for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan (above) said: “Some of the things that have come out are appalling.”  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

John Paul Phelan is first FG TD to break ranks on Garda commissioner’s future

 Minister for Transport Shane Ross. File photograph: Maxwells

Kelly comments are some of the most forceful and public criticisms to date

High Court President has a reputation for fairness and fierce independence

 Máire Whelan, who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D Higgins,  at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many barristers believe some political influence is necessary for a healthy judicial branch

Professor James P Smith, who  was awarded a Doctorate in Science,  Dr Mary Robinson, Chancellor of Trinity College, and Bob Geldof, humanitarian activist and rock star who received  an honorary doctorate at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

Irish rock star recognised by Trinity College Dublin for famine relief work

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised over Dáil comments about former attorney general Máire Whelan. Photographs: The Irish Times

Members of judiciary ‘extremely disappointed’ after comments in Dáil about Whelan

Newsbrands conference hears project will be a significant move towards increased access to the courts for the media. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pilot project will broadcast Supreme Court judgements as they are read out

 Chief Justice Susan Denham made a series of remarks on Wednesday emphasising the importance of the separation of powers between the Oireachtas and the judiciary. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Chief Justice emphasises importance of separation of powers between Oireachtas and judiciary

Reading a book during the heatwave in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Met Éireann said it is 40 years since Ireland has experienced such a heatwave in June

 Josephine Feehily (left), chairwoman of the Policing Authority,  said the  Authority will be seeking full reports on Templemore’s dealing with Revenue. She is pictured with Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan who also appeared before the PAC on Tuesday. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Secretary General of Department of Justice said it was not aware of ‘red flags’ at college

Immigrant Council of Ireland: A survey by the Immigrant Council of Ireland said there were 240 reports of racist incidents in 2015, an 11 per cent rise.

Current law not ‘fit for purpose’ claim campaigners as racist incidents continue to rise

Vesel Jahiri: In April, he punched the prosecuting senior counsel in the face during his trial, breaking his nose. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Law Reform Commission seeks to remove fear of physical attack in course of hearings

Patricia O’Connor murder case: gardaí search the Wicklow Mountains after the discovery of body parts. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Dismemberment of a corpse poses challenges for pathologists but can also provide clues

’I don’t have a job, I have anxiety and I’m on antidepressants’ A worker at Facebook desribes life after the breach.

Iraqi-born Irish citizen being paid €13 an hour by Facebook fled Ireland after lapse

 Northern Ireland DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds leaves a meeting with  Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. Photograph: EPA/Will Oliver

Arlene Foster’s party want power but have a shopping list

Mark Desmond was shot dead in a Lucan park in 2016. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan/ Collins

Gardaí release four suspects without charge and prepare file for DPP

The home of Patricia O’Connor in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Man questioned after the discovery of dismembered remains in Co Wicklow

Máire Whelan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Department refuses to say if Whelan recused herself from selection process

Gardaí conducting  house to house enquiries in Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, the home of Patricia O’Connor. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Neighbours of Patricia O’Connor in Rathfarnham describe her as ‘lovely person’

Minister of State for Housing Damien English TD speaks to Fr Peter McVerry, at the launch of the Peter McVerry Trust’s latest social housing scheme at North William Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

‘It’s gorgeous, I wasn’t expecting this at all,’ says woman due to move into apartment

 Irish Defence Forces personnel  in Jadotville are to be awarded medals. Photograph: Defence Forces Archive

Announcement is the culmination of decades-long campaign

Human remains found at Military Road in Glencree  are removed from the scene. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Human remains found at three separate locations belong to a white man in his mid to late 20s

The site on Dublin’s Hammond Lane where it is proposed the Supreme Court be rehoused. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Move follows years of lobbying by judges over the antiquated facilities in the Four Courts

Flowers and messages outside Borough Market following a terror attack in the area in London. Photograph Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

The legislation will make it an offence to travel to another country for terrorism

The scene at Military Road,  Glencree, on Sunday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Police believe person was murdered but remains not thought to be those of James Nolan

 David Murray: he has now abandoned plans to move to Monasterevin in Kildare. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

David Murray warns against vigilantism and sensationalism

James Nolan leaving court in 2009. Photograph: Collins Courts

Searches continuing in Co Monaghan in effort to locate more of Nolan’s remains

A demonstrator wears a mask depicting British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson, women MPs; Theresa May, Ukip, the right wing press

A sushi restaurant in Dublin was ordered to remove salmon and salmon mayonaisse from its freezer. Photograph: iStock

High number of closure orders served on food businesses across country in May

Researchers have created an artificial intelligence capable of writing trad music - can you tell it from the real thing?

Fr Jack Finucane who helped to set up the aid agency Concern  and continued to work with the organisation under 2002.

Missionary who helped to organise Biafra aid campaign was cited by Bono as a major influence

Thunderstorms and hail expected throughout country

Grosvenor Square in Rathmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU residency granted after marriage to UK woman in Dublin

The HSE said smoking “roll your own” tobacco increases the risks of developing serious disease. Photograph: Getty Images/fStop

False belief that ‘rollies’ are healthier alternative to pre-rolled cigarettes behind increase

Convicted child sex offender Anthony Luckwill. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Man confronted by mob in Monasterevin intends to make complaint to gardaí

One of the posts on Facebook discussing alleged sightings of Anthony Luckwill in Monasterevin

Innocent man required Garda protection after being confronted in Co Kildare town

A Garda source said whoever posted the photograph of Facebook “should be ashamed of themselves.”

Gardaí say man is ‘completely innocent’ and caution people against vigilantism

Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick was found not guilty because of severe deficiencies in the investigation by the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Judge John Aylmer gave permission for the media to publish his ruling immediately instead of allowing the jury to hear it first

Forensic Science Ireland  has told the Garda that, due to budget and staffing constraints, the laboratory has to limit what items it will examine for DNA samples.

Ireland’s DNA database contains 10,000 profiles and is rising by 1,000 each month

Former Chairman of Anglo Irish bank, Sean Fitzpatrick. “It is apparent  that the ODCE did not conduct an impartial and unbiased investigation,” said Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan.   Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Corporate enforcement body admits it was ‘woefully incapable’ of handling investigation

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said given the current cap was set  in 1997   it is an appropriate time to carry out a review. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister will examine increasing €64,000 limit of the Per Cent for Arts Scheme

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Seán Fitzpatrick leaves the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with his daughter Sarah, after he was acquitted. Photograph: Collins

Former banker spent considerable amount of time in criminal courts of justice

Irish man Daryl Dargan was found by friends at the popular resort of Albufeira where he had been staying. Photograph: Getty Images.

Portlaoise man Daryl Dargan found dead while on stag party trip in the Algarve region

 Irish man was found by friends at the popular resort of Albufeira where he had been staying. Photograph: Getty Images

Police investigating cause of death at tourist resort in the Algarve region

Some  recall Leo Varadkar  as a slightly awkward young man who could be friendly one day and cold the next

View of Varadkar as a single-minded ambitious politician is not shared by everyone

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (right)  has strongly defended Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan (left) in recent weeks following accusations of mismanagement within the force.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Threat to sack Commissioner will ‘put shivers down every office holder’ in the State, says Minister

Most of the new drugs detected were synthetic forms of cannabis. Photograph: Getty Images

Laboratory-made substances evading detection by gardaí and customs

Migrants wait to disembark in Catania on the island of Sicily, Italy. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

More than 450 relocated from Greece but Italian delays blamed on security screening

One in five said they had some sort of drug-related debt ranging from less than €50 to nearly €1,000. Photograph: PA

Youth workers notice increase in training nonattendance or low motivation levels

Rita Alpine (29) who was found injured at the end of a stairs in a house in Kilkenny

Man in his 30s was arrested following death of Rita Apine (29) at a house in Freshford

There has been a large rise in Garda surveillance activities in the last year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Privacy group says Ireland falling short as use of listening and tracking devices jumps

It is understood the bulk of the allegations relate to events which occurred in the early 2000s. Photograph: Frank Miller

No ‘current concerns’ about abuse of system have been brought to Minister’s attention

Landlord complaints against tenants for alleged anti-social behaviour increased by 71 per cent to 279 last year.

Local authorities recieve 10,000 complaints of anti-social activity in two years

Rita Alpine (29) who was found injured at the end of a stairs in a house in Kilkenny

Postmortem due on body of Rita Apine (29) who was found with serious injuries

The State Claims Agency paid out just under €4.8m to the top-10-earning barristers in 2016. Photographs: Getty Images

State Claims Agency reveals lists of payments to lawyers and firms for representation

Dr Caroline Hussey was registrar and deputy president of UCD from 1994 until her retirement in 2004. Photograph: UCD

University administrator had ‘a lifelong commitment to the interests and needs of higher education’

A Spitfire fighter aircraft flying over New Zealand in February 2017. File photograph: Getty Images

‘War-weary’ plane part of weather-monitoring squadron in North when its engine failed

The tomb of Fr John O’Sullivan SJ during his beatification at St Francis Xavier’s church on Gardiner Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ecumenical ceremony leaves Fr John Sullivan a miracle away from canonisation

 Act Up: members of  the Dublin HIV/Aids activist group call on Government and stakeholders to address the HIV crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ambivalence putting people at risk of contracting disease

Six cyclists have been killed on Irish roads so far in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Woman dies in separate incident in Killarney after her bicycle collides with tractor

Ireland’s HIV rate is significantly higher than the EU average. Photograph: iStock

But life expectancy for sufferers across general population still lower than nonsufferers

Most exhumations take place due to environmental reasons. Graveyards becoming flooded or geologically unsound are the most common reasons for moving remains. Photograph: Getty Images

Environmental protection officer from local council must be present to supervise process

Dr Sheila Willis, director general of Forensic Science Ireland, and  Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald, who  turned the sod to  mark the start of construction of a new €60 million laboratory   in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

Minister turns sod on new premises and praises scientists and DNA database

Britain’s Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Hillsborough Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Royals set to cross Border for dinner with President Higgins and Sabina

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at a sod-turning ceremony on Wednesday to mark the start of construction of a new forensic science laboratory in Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Maxwell

Leo Varadkar says Government is ‘very concerned’ by latest allegations

Alan Hawe (40) was buried in the same grave as Clodagh Hawe (nee Coll) and their three boys, Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6). Photograph: Hawe and Coll families/PA Wire

There had been controversy over Alan Hawe’s burial in the same grave as his wife, Clodagh

Angela Black of the Citizens’ Information Board, financial adviser Karl Deeter and Claire Feeney of the Housing Agency at the latest of the agency’s  Spring Lecture Series. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Judges ‘predisposed’ towards borrowers and people given many chances to keep homes

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued closure orders against four premises last month including an ice cream parlour in Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Getty Images

Yo & More at Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords closed last week and has not reopened

The scene on St Ronan’s Drive in west Dublin following the death of Noel Kirwan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Jason Keating (25) charged with murdering victim who was shot several times in car

Under the Criminal Justice Act, DNA samples can be collected from crime scenes and stored indefinitely. Photograph: iStock

More than 530 offences linked to specific individuals in first year of new database

President of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Martina Harkin-Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister attends nursing union conference and gives details of graduate recruitment drive

Garrett Sheehan   said Ireland’s automatic imposition of a life sentence for murder in all circumstances ‘absolutely needs to be looked at’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Internet is a concern because ‘my generation knows so little about it’

Kevin O’Keeffe serving five year sentence for violent robbery of a Spar shop in 2012

Trial is halted as jury forewoman admits to researching a witness. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Second major case collapses as juror admits researching witness

Women’s Rights groups say that labelling abuse within a relationship as a distinct crime would send a message to society the issue is being taken seriously. Photograph: iStock

DPP understood to have advised domestic abuse and ordinary assault hard to define

Women’s groups warn lack of joined-up thinking among agencies and local authorities means victims of domestic violence face incre(...)

Domestic violence will not be made a standalone crime due to the complexities of proving physical and psychological abuse took place within the confines of a relationship. File photograph. Photograph: iStock

Jane Ruffino, who left country due to abuse, accuses Government of ‘cop out’ in new Bill

Pentobarbital, found under the brand name ‘Dolethal’, is used by vets in Ireland to euthanise small animals

Gardaí appeal for return of ‘Dolethal’ which was in vehicle taken from house in Enniskerry

John Costello, chairman of the Parole Board, and  Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: the Minister is setting up an interdepartmental committee to look into the management of released life-sentence prisoners.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Providing stable accommodation on release will cut social costs, says parole chief

Groups ranging from the Social Democrats to the Communist Party of Ireland marched in the sunshine from the Garden of Remembrance to Liberty Hall. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Get up off your arse and fight; housing is a human right’ among the chants heard in city

Revenue: Half of the organisation’s staff are aged 50 or more and one-third (2,225) are 55 or more.

Revenue struggling to recruit accountants as they can earn higher wages in private sector

The conference in Newry heard that the Probation Service monitors 195 sex offenders across the State. File photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Total of 63 convicted offenders live in State without being tracked, conference hears

Cannabis worth €740,000 was seized on Monday morning by gardaí in the Dublin city centre docklands area. Stock photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Two arrested after gardaí search car and van on St John Rodgerson’s Quay

Jonathan Gill (35) of Malahide Road, Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Jury discharged amid concerns some jurors ‘were getting information from outside trial’

Anglo Irish Bank trial: David Drumm leaving court in 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief faces two charges of conspiring to defraud

Forensic Science Ireland director Dr Sheila Willis with a model of the State’s new forensic science laboratory, work on which is due to begin later this year in Co Kildare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Work on €60 million facility to begin later this year in Co Kildare

A man has been jailed for 10 years at the Central Criminal Court for abuse of three girls. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Mother destroyed evidence after one daughter confided she had been raped by man

 Michael McDowell said the quality of judges has declined in recent years due to “economic factors”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legal professionals agree with Michael McDowell comments on judicial appointments

Paul Moore, of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, has been jailed. Photograph: Collins

Paul Moore (51) has been jailed six times for sexual offences over the last 25 years

A forensics expert matched a man’s fingerprint to a torn piece of pizza box which was found at the scene of an alleged tiger kidnapping, a court has heard. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Forensics expert gives evidence in trial over alleged tiger kidnapping in Co Louth

Mr Justice Paul Coffey imposed a six-year sentence which was backdated to July 2016 when John  Gavin went into custody

Victim kissed John Gavin as she wanted to show she had no problem with Travellers

Geraldine Hughes Byrne and Joan Taite, who were sexually abused as children by Andrew Reilly, who in January was jailed for eight years for his abuse of them. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sisters fearing questions about sexual history waited decades to make abuse complaints

In a trial over alleged rape, the defence used posts from a teenage girl’s text messages and Facebook posts in an attempt to disprove her story. File photograph (posed by model): iStockPhoto

Rapist given 10 years after trial in which girl’s cross-examination lasted 2½ days

There are fears that the prospect of being asked very  personal questions in a court is discouraging some victims of sexual abuse from coming forward. File photograph: Getty Images

Three in 10 rape trials involve questions about complainant’s sexual history

Michael Lowry (60), of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co Tipperary is facing charges that he allegedly filed incorrect tax returns in 2003 and 2007. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Independent TD allegedly filed incorrect tax returns in 2003 and 2007

Paul Moore (51) has been remanded in custody over an assault that took place on the Dart in 2014. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Paul Moore (51) has been jailed six times for sexual offences over the last 25 years

Bagpipers march during the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York. File photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

All ministers from Ireland, except for Shane Ross, will be abroad on St Patrick’s Day trips next week

Gerry Adams plans to raise Donald Trump’s treatment of women, refugees and minorities with the US president if he gets the opportunity during a visit to the White House next week. Photograph: Reuters

Sinn Féin leader will raise criticisms of US president if he gets to meet him in Washington

The driver alleged he was  dragged out of the taxi by three of the passengers, who punched and kicked him while he was on the ground. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fracas began when passengers began laughing at his first name, Lookman

 Jonathan Gill (35), of Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin, arrives at  Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he has pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a post office worker, his partner and their baby  in August 2011. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Jonathan Gill (35) on trial for his role in false imprisonment of An Post worker and family

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