The Dublin District Family Court has heard a social worker and court-appointed guardian said two  children in interim care should be allowed to take a holiday with their foster carers. They were looking forward to it and were very excited. File photograph: Getty Images

Two young children in interim care are to be allowed to travel abroad on holiday with their foster carers after a judge at the Dublin District Family (...)

 Dublin District Family Court: Judge Brendan Toale said while reading the girl’s text messages might seem “a minor issue”, it could undermine her placement in the unit. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

A teenager in a residential care unit was entitled to “a degree of privacy” and it was not necessary for staff to examine her text messages without di(...)

A wax figure of WB Yeats in the library at Westport House: a civil servant working in the Netherlands adapted the poem ‘Politics’ to describe a lawyer. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A civil servant with an overseas brief found himself distracted by a woman he described as a “lovely little lawyer bird” in April 1984, according to a(...)

Seán Donlon, Irish ambassador to the US during US president Ronald Reagan’s visit to Ireland in 1984. Photograph: Frank Miller

The opposition in Ireland to US president Ronald Reagan’s visit in 1984 made little impact in the White House, documents from the Department of Foreig(...)

Chairman of the banking inquiry committee Ciarán Lynch (Lab) says group will work for the Irish people and ‘leave club jerseys at the door’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The banking inquiry is an opportunity to “leave our club jerseys at the committee room door and to do an important job on behalf of the Irish people”,(...)

The judge said the family situation was ‘crying out’ for the involvement of the State. Photograph: Reuters

A woman who has been taking care of her nephew in her own home applied for guardianship of him yesterday at the District Family Court, telling the jud(...)

From left to right: Irish Times Education Correspondent Joe Humphreys, president of the Law Society of Ireland John P Shaw, Irish Times Legal Affairs Correspondent Ruadhán MacCormaic, and director general of the Law Society of Ireland Ken Murphy.

Three Irish Times journalists have been recognised in this year’s Justice Media Awards. Ruadhán MacCormaic, Legal Affairs Correspondent, won in the “d(...)

Criminal legal aid cost about 
million euro last year, down from a high of more than 60
million euro in 2009

Plans to transfer the criminal legal aid scheme to the Legal Aid Board will not go ahead this year, documents provided under the Freedom of Informati(...)

Pat Whelan, former director of Anglo Irish Bank, and Willie McAteer, former director of finance, leave Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after yesterday’s guilty verdicts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank face up to five years in prison after they were found guilty of providing illegal loa(...)

Court 19 at the at the Dublin Central Criminal Court where the Anglo Irish Bank trial took place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Charges faced by Pat Whelan related to the fraudulent alteration of loan facility letters at Anglo Irish Bank were dropped late on in the trial(...)