In an important judgment with implications for legal costs in childcare proceedings, Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley rejected the HSE's argument the mother's decision to hire her own lawyers rather than seek legal aid in her successful bid to get the children back should lead to the mother being refused her legal costs against the HSE. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A poor mother whose children were taken into care has the same right as a wealthy individual to choose her own lawyers in a bid to get her chil(...)