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(...)

The High Court ruled a man who has been living in a run-down house near Galway city centre is not entitled to claim squatters’ rights.

A man who has lived all his life in a run-down house near Galway city centre is not entitled to claim squatters’ rights over the property, the High Co(...)

High Court rules engineer is entitled to challenge Laois County Council over selection policy of personnel to carry out tests. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An engineer is entitled to challenge a county council’s practice of only using its own personnel to carry out tests on the suitability of soil for was(...)

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan of the High Court: one of nine judges appointed to the new Court of Appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Court of Appeal is due to be established today, setting off a round of judicial appointments and a major shake-up of the courts system. The signin(...)

President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, last week said he was struggling to find judges for new cases. Photograph: Eric Luke

A judge who sat on the Mahon planning tribunal is one of four Circuit Court members who have been selected by the Government to fill upcoming vacan(...)

The Cabinet has selected judges Carroll Moran, Mary Faherty, Raymond Fullam and Carmel Stewart to fill four of the vacancies that will arise on the High Court when the Court of Appeal is formally established later this month. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Government has nominated four Circuit Court judges for appointment to the High Court. At today’s cabinet meeting, ministers selected judges Carrol(...)