John Tierney, chief executive of Irish Water: The company spends more than €81,000 a week on legal fees and has paid more than €5 million to three large Dublin law firms . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Water spends more than €81,000 a week on legal fees and has paid more than €5 million to three large Dublin law firms since it was set up last(...)

Jules Thomas, partner of Ian Bailey. She denied she told gardaí Mr Bailey had said he knew Ms Toscan du Plantier by sight and had seen her at a supermarket in Schull on the afternoon of December 21st

Witness Ian Bailey’s partner Jules Thomas was cross-examined for the day by Paul O’Higgins SC, for the State. Snapshots The day’s exchanges centred on(...)

 Jules Thomas and her partner Ian Bailey: “He was so utterly remorseful . . . I do believe there is good in everyone.”    Photograph: Courts Collins

Ian Bailey’s partner Jules Thomas spent the day in the witness box. She was questioned first by Mr Bailey’s barrister Jim Duggan before being cross-ex(...)

 Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: ruled that Eamonn Lillis was entitled to his half interest in assets jointly owned by himself and his late wife, including  their  family home in Howth,  and suggested that the law should be reviewed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The body charged with recommending law reforms to Government is seeking views on possible changes to the inheritance rights of convicted killers. Iris(...)

Pictured at the ‘Hooded Men’ Amnesty press conference in Dublin. From left: Micheal Donnelly, Patrick Mc Nally Brian Turley, Gerry McKerr, Francis Mc Guigan, Joe Clarke, Jim Auld, Front (from left): Kevin Hannaway, Liam Shannon and Colm O’Gorman (standing sideways). Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Amnesty International has called on the Government to press for the re-opening of a key European case on the alleged use of torture in Northern Ire(...)

Rising up: legal firms are reporting growth in business across a variety of areas, but the property, construction and conveyancing headings are out in front. Photograph: Edwin Tuyay/Bloomberg

Ireland’s law firms have a reputation for being conservative, cautious and closed. With some notable exceptions, they don’t seem particularly keen to (...)

The Hon Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, Chief Justice and the Hon Mrs Justice Susan Denham. The Council of Europe has said the process by which judges are chosen should be reviewed with a view to selecting the most qualified and suitable candidates in a transparent way. Photograph:  Garrett White

Chief Justice Susan Denham has welcomed a call from the Council of Europe for Ireland’s judicial appointments system to be reformed so as to preven(...)

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts yesterday with his partner, Jules Thomas, for the third week of his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

“You seem unhappy,” Luán Ó Braonáin said. “I am unhappy,” Ian Bailey replied from the witness box. The State’s barrister had begun to refer to books o(...)

 Ian Bailey and his partner Jules Thomas   leaving the Four Courts today, Mr Bailey’s seventh day under cross-examination by Luán Ó Braonáin SC, who is acting for the State. Photograph: Collins

Ian Bailey spent a seventh day under cross-examination by Luán Ó Braonáin SC, who is acting for the State.The court was read two statements by James M(...)

Ian Bailey’s case against the State continues at the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Witness Ian Bailey spent a seventh day in the witness box, under cross-examination by senior counsel Luán Ó Braonáin, for the State Snapshots Mr Baile(...)