Senior counsel Michael O’Higgins said the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to relax rules on evidence in criminal trials will provide a “get-out clause” for gardaí who do not adhere to high standards. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision to relax rules on evidence in criminal trials will provide a “get-out clause” for gardaí who do not adhere to hi(...)

Shane Fitzgerald (22), Newmarket, Co Cork is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Paudie O’Leary (42) on July 1st, 2012. Photograph: Domnick Walsh.

The body of a long-distance cyclist who had gone on out early in July 2012 to train for the annual Ring of Kerry charity cycle was found six hours lat(...)

Scotland Yard photo from 2003 of Robert Hulme, now 34, who was one of six dissident Republicans freed from prison today. Photograph: PA Photo/Scotland Yard/Collect

Six dissident republicans transferred to jails here to complete lengthy sentences for conspiring to cause explosions in Britain have been released aft(...)

Cleared: Seán FitzPatrick, who was acquitted of all charges. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Seán Quinn bounded towards Court 19, his small entourage of family and friends trailing behind him, passersby glancing as he passed. When he re(...)

Judge Martin Nolan: seldom gives the impression that he relishes legal argument.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Judge Martin Nolan, a former garda and barrister, was appointed to the Circuit Court bench on the nomination of a Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democ(...)

Judge Martin Nolan: he said it was “very difficult to see how these monies could ever be in the ordinary course of business since the main purpose of the share purchase was to stabilise the share price”

In the weeks and months leading up to the Anglo trial, two major concerns were aired continually . The first was that it would be imposs(...)

Court 19 at the at the Dublin Central Criminal Court where the trial of former bank directors , Sean Fitzpatrick, Pat Whelan and William Mc Ateer was heard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times Court 19 at the at the Dublin Central Criminal Court where the trial of former bank directors , Sean Fitzpatrick, Pat Whelan and William Mc Ateer was heard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Shortly before the court broke for lunch on March 6th – Day 19 of the trial — Judge Martin Nolan briefly addressed the jury. He told them that (...)

The former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Seán FitzPatrick, makes a statement outside court yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Seán FitzPatrick began the day with an exercise in expectation management. The former chairman of Anglo wasn’t getting his hopes up. In (...)

Sean Fitzpatrick’s senior counsel Michael O’Higgins. Photogaph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

When Seán FitzPatrick emerged from the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday to make a statement to the media,(...)

 Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean FitzPatrick, after being been acquitted on all charges. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

After 43 days of evidence, the moment Seán FitzPatrick had been waiting for came just after 5pm today: acquittal. Less than an hour later he wa(...)