Dr Conor O’Mahony of the Faculty of Law at UCC told a seminar marking the anniversary of Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights that Irish law under-utilises the court. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has helped highlight the potential of the Strasbourg court to enrich the Irish (...)

Louise O’Keeffe: ‘the worst possible Christmas present’

The compensation package announced by the state for people who were sexually abused in schools has been described by Louise O’Keeffe as “the worst pos(...)

Ian Bailey’s solicitor Frank Buttimer: sent a letter to Marie Farrell on March 25th, 2004, over comments she made about Mr Bailey  in media interviews. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ian Bailey said in court he had threatened to issue legal proceedings against Marie Farrell over media interviews she gave in which she alleged he (...)

 Grammy winner Dianne Reeves pictured performing in the Everyman Palace during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Thirty-five years after its inception, the Guinness Cork Jazz festival continues to go from strength to strength. From McCurtain Street’s hectic array(...)

Medical mistakes: “There are very few plaintiffs or victims who can afford to fund a medical negligence claim,” Ernest Cantillon said at a conference on medico-legal issues. Photograph: Getty Images

Victims of medical mistakes are “left to flounder” in seeking access to justice while the State deploys “massive” resources in mounting a legal def(...)

Louise O’Keeffe, who was sexually abused by her teacher Leo Hickey at Dunderrow National School in West Cork in the 1970s, successfully brought her case to the European Court of Human Rights last year after the Supreme Court had ruled  Ireland was not liable for the abuse. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins court

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan will report to the Dáil in the autumn on a review of cases brought on foot of the O’Keeffe judgement by people w(...)

A range of moves are afoot to help improve the situation involving medical malpractice. Photograph: Getty Images

High Court judges tend to choose their words carefully, so when Ms Justice Mary Irvine pointedly criticised the State for its approach to medical negl(...)

The State Claims Agency has strongly defended its handling of recent cases involving compensation. Photograph:  Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

The State Claims Agency, the organisation that manages personal injury and property damage claims against the State, tends to go about its work quietl(...)

A more candid approach by doctors to the defence of medical negligence claims would speed up claims and reduce the costs involved, to the benefit of b(...)

Natasha Lynch: "When I first set up the business, the biggest challenge was people taking me seriously as I was so young."

What distinguishes your business from competitors?We have a very student-focused programme. I started the business at 23, straight out of college, so (...)