Sabine Walsh, president of the Mediators Institute of Ireland, says mediation costs a fraction of the cost of litigation, and the route to resolving conflict is speedier.

Sometimes mediator Sabine Walsh finds herself talking to couples about seemingly trivial matters such as lifts to football matches and who is going wh(...)

Michael Martin leaving Portlaoise Circuit Court, after been given a 17 years sentence. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

It could be argued that, if more resources were diverted from the penal side of the criminal justice system towards the probation side, the rehabilita(...)

Michael Martin, who abducted an 11-year-old girl. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

A man who attempted to abduct a young girl in Laois has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, with the final four years suspended. Michael Martin (36)(...)

Gillian and Ronan Treacy, parents of four-year-old Ciarán Treacy who died when the car he was travelling in was hit by another vehicle driven by 40-year-old Finbarr O’Rourke. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The atmosphere in the Portlaoise courtroom was heavy with sadness. Judge Keenan Johnson was only on page six of his 27-page judgment when his measured(...)

Finbarr O’Rourke

The full text of Judge Kennan Johnson remarks at the sentencing hearing on Tuesday of Finbar O’Rourke at Portlaoise Circuit Court: In this case the a(...)

Gillian and Ronan Treacy, parents of Ciarán Treacy (4) who died when the car he was travelling in was hit by another driven by Finbarr O’Rourke, after O’Rourke was sentenced. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A drink driver who killed a four-year-old boy and severely injured his mother in a crash last year has been jailed for 7½ years. Ciarán Treacy was kil(...)

Michael Martin had 92 previous convictions, including one for false imprisonment, and was on bail at the time. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

A 10-year-old boy who clung to the window of a moving 4x4 to rescue his older sister when she was abducted by a man has been commended for his brave(...)

Ciaran Treacy was killed in a car crash in Portlaoise. In her statement, his mother Gillian Treacy told the court: “After an hour of the firemen cutting me from the car, all this time I was watching the panic and fear etched on their faces while they tried to free me from the car and as they worked on me and both my boys.” Photograph: Courts Collins

A victim impact statement written by parents of a deceased young boy should be compulsory reading for anyone considering drink driving, a Circuit Cour(...)

Fr Gabriel Rosbotham arrives at Donegal Town Courthouse. Photograph: Jason McGarrigle Fr Gabriel Rosbotham arrives at Donegal Town Courthouse. Photograph: Jason McGarrigle

A priest involved in a court case with his former lover over the ownership of a house in Co Donegal is to take time away from his diocese, the Bish(...)

Hugh Crawford at Donegal Town Court. Photograph: Jason McGarrigle

A priest has been awarded more than a quarter share in a Co Donegal cottage he shared with his former lover.Fr Gabriel Rosbotham took Hugh Crawford to(...)