Judge Rosemary Horgan: the default principle was now “open justice”

Judges have raised concerns about media access to court documents following the relaxing of the in camera (in private) rule in family law cases, acco(...)

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(...)

Judge Rosemary Horgan: Commended the woman for the work she had done to overcome her addiction, which was “not a walk in the park”. “I am delighted to discharge the care order,” she said.

A woman whose son was in care for more than five years was formally reunited with him by order of the court yesterday. Also before Distri(...)

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(...)

Judge Brendan Toale said the professional view was the boy needed secure care and in its absence he was unlikely to improve.

In a childcare case at the District Court, a judge said there was “a crisis at the centre of the secure care provision” in Ireland.The only way an ado(...)