Last week’s order permits demolition of the home at Tinode, Blessington, Co Wicklow, on the N81 road between Tallaght and Blessington, of Gregory Kinsella, his partner and their young child. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw 1:28

A young family’s chalet home built near Blessington, Co Wicklow must be demolished by January 31st next, the High Court has ruled. An order for demoli(...)

A locator map showing Tinode, Blessington, in Co Wicklow where a court has ordered the demolition of a wooden chalet. Image: Google maps

An order for demolition of the wooden chalet home of a young family in Blessington, Co Wicklow built in “gross” breach of planning laws has been grant(...)

Mr Justice Michael Peart, who sat with Mr Justice Alan Mahon and Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, said the court would reserve judgment until May 21st

Two convicted murderers who are appealing High Court judgments ordering their extradition must wait to hear whether they will be returned to complete (...)

Methylethcathinone or “Snow Blow”. Photograph: Revenue handout/file photo

A law used to ban a psychoactive substance sold lawfully in “head shops” until 2011 has been found to be unconstitutional.In a judgment concerning wha(...)

As soon as the government order was issued, gardaí visited every head shop in the State and requested a list of the substances on sale. Within three weeks, the number of head shops around the country fell from 102 to 36. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In May 2010, after a series of incidents involving so-called legal highs, a Fianna Fáil-led coalition moved against the “head shops” that sold them. T(...)

Florence Crowley claimed under a policy for serious illness cover taken out with Zurich in 2002. Zurich said  in order to be paid for coronary catheter treatment, his surgery had to involve a procedure to correct at least 50 per cent diameter narrowing of two coronary arteries. Because he underwent surgery to correct narrowing of one artery only, he was not entitled to serious illness benefit, it said. File photograph: Getty Images

A High Court judge has issued a “heartfelt plea” to an insurance company to reconsider the plight of a man who was refused payment under his serious i(...)

Two men charged with an alleged kidnapping involving the robbery of €2.2m can be re-tried, the Supreme Court has ruled. Photograph: Thinkstockphoto

Two men charged with an alleged kidnapping involving the robbery of €2.2m can be re-tried, the Supreme Court has ruled.David Byrne (42), Old Brazil Wa(...)

A man jailed for intending to sexually exploit  13-year-old, in  first prosecution taken under child-protection legislation, had his sentence vacated by the Court of Appeal who will decide on a new sentence on March 16th

A man jailed for intending to sexually exploit a 13-year-old girl, in the first prosecution taken under child-protection legislation, had his senten(...)

Karl Harford’s lawyers argued his sentencing judge failed to have sufficient regard to his age of 19 at the time of the offence and to his growing maturity. Photograph:Frank Miller

An eight-year jail sentence imposed on a man found in a car with a viable blast incendiary device was unduly severe, the Court of Appeal has ruled.Kar(...)

Paul Gallagher SC argues in a new book that the seriousness and extent of the challenges posed by EU law are not widely understood by the public, politicians or lawyers. Photographer: Paul O’Driscoll

Recent EU treaty changes have had much less significance for Ireland than the “regular and automatic” changes brought about by new laws from Brussels(...)