A commencement order to bring the law into effect had to be couriered for signature to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, who was abroad on holiday over the Christmas break, to have it ready in time for the new legal term in January.

A six-month delay in commencing legislation to allow media reporting on family and childcare cases was caused by difficulties getting the law translat(...)

David O’Loughlin is charged with killing Liam Manley by putting him into a rubbish chute at a Cork apartment block in May 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A father seeking permission to attend the matches of his two young sons in State care, another hoping to reinstate Skype arrangements and a mother who(...)

Case dismissed: Judge Terence O’Sullivan asked a man if his ex-partner had been “waiting with a crowbar” or “to hit or attack him” on access visits, before denying him a protection order against her

A man seeking a protection order against his former partner, a woman seeking one against her’s, and a child unable to visit grandparents in their own (...)

The lobby of the Dublin Circuit Family Courts, in Phoenix House Smithfield, was filled with solicitors, barristers and their clients on Monday. Unlike other courts, parties can’t sit in a family courtroom and listen to other cases while they await their own. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The relaxing of the in camera rule by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter from last Monday means the media can cover court proceedings in family law and(...)

A declaration of parentage following surrogacy, a woman who discovered her husband already had a wife and the division of negative equity in a divorce(...)

An order to protect a woman against a partner who punched and kicked her, another to garnish the wages of a father and a third to ensure access to (...)

Chris Lehane: expects a ‘significant number’ of applications from individuals wishing to declare bankruptcy following the change in the law. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Potential bankrupts who avail of the new bankruptcy laws will not automatically lose their family homes if they are declared bankrupt, the official as(...)

Alan Shatter: is expected to commence section 4 of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 dealing with bankruptcy this afternoon

Changes to legislation that will shorten the length of time a person remains in bankruptcy are expected to be introduced today.Minister for Justice Al(...)

The new legislation will mean bankrupts can be automatically discharged from bankruptcy in three years, down from 12 years at present

Changes in bankruptcy legislation that will reduce the length of time a person remains in bankruptcy are to be introduced within the next seven days.M(...)

Supt David Taylor speaks to reporters at the scene of the  multiple shooting, in which four people were injured, at Hanlon’s Corner in Dublin’s north inner city yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Locals living in and around the busy junction at Hanlon’s Corner in north Dublin were shocked yesterday at the news of a multiple shooting outside wel(...)