Thomas Reid of Hedsor House, Leixlip, Co Kildare, outside the Four Courts on Thursday  after judgment was handed down  in his Supreme Court appeal against an earlier  High Court ruling. Photograph: Collins Courts

A Supreme Court ruling in favour of a farmer whose home and lands the Industrial Development Authority wanted to acquire by way of a compulsory purcha(...)

Villa Spada houses the Irish Embassy to the Vatican which was closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2011 before being reopened in 2014

As someone from a Northern Protestant background happily resident in Dublin, I know there is little or no point in trying to persuade my co-religionis(...)

A sorry history of delay

Chief Justice Susan Denham was right to warn last week that failure to establish a judicial council to deal with inappropriate conduct by judges is af(...)

The Supreme Court is satisfied  the commencement of  District Court criminal proceedings against Mary Kelly and Declan Buckley was an abuse of process and quashed  summonses taken out by hotelier Patrick Halpin. File photograph: Collins Courts

Dublin hotelier Patrick Halpin’s bid to privately prosecute two employees of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation for alleged deception was motivated(...)

Judge John Cooke erred in law in hearing the applications due to reasonable apprehension of objective bias Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The Supreme Court has overturned rulings made by a High Court judge in proceedings by Goode Concrete against cement giant CRH on grounds of alleged ob(...)

Denis O’Brien: when Independent TD Catherine Murphy made a statement about the businessman in the Dáil on Thursday, it threw up a question that has never been fully thrashed out in the courts. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Even to many of its members, the Oireachtas can often seem like a frustratingly limp institution, its influence limited by comparison with the might o(...)

 Sinéad Burke at the National Women’s Council of Ireland meeting. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“The next Mary Robinson could be sitting in this room,” says Shauna Kelly, pointing at a large framed photograph of Ireland’s former president. “Robin(...)

Máire Godfrey: “I can’t believe it’s me. It’s like it’s all happening to somebody else, but I’m getting a great kick from it all.”     Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What would you do if you were hurtling towards your 100th birthday and still had many new experiences to try? Máire Godfrey, who lives in Donnybrook,(...)

Supreme court judge Adrian Hardiman: “I consider it utterly unwise, to use no stronger word, to grant to the gardaí, in that context, the effective immunity from judicial oversight which this case does.”

A Supreme Court judge has vehemently criticised a landmark decision of the court, saying in his dissenting judgment that it has given An Garda Síochá(...)

 Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman:  In his 166-page minority judgment, one of his most impassioned, Mr Justice Hardiman deplores what his colleagues have done. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Supreme Court doesn’t lightly overturn its own decisions. It’s particularly slow to reverse its most important judgments. But that’s what happened(...)