Liam Adams: is serving a 16-year-old jail sentence for a string of sexual assaults against his daughter Áine. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Liam Adams is to seek to go before the European Court of Human Rights in a final bid to have convictions for raping his daughter overturned. Lawyers(...)

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Judgments

The placement of a child for adoption is permitted without notification of the natural father. In re the Adoption Authority of Ireland and KSH (a mino(...)

Magnus Meyer Hustveit was given a wholly suspended seven-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault committed against his girlfriend between 2011 and 2012.

A Norwegian man who was given a suspended sentence for raping his girlfriend multiple times while she slept must wait to hear whether he will be sent (...)

Caroline McNamee (40) claimed she was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child by Michael Boyce (70). Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

A €493,000 award to a woman who claimed she was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child by a relative has been overturned by the Court of Appeal bec(...)

 Mr Justice Alan Mahon says Gerry Beades had not established a credible or arguable defence.

Businessman Gerry Beades, who claimed he was duped into signing a guarantee for a €255,000 loan, has lost his appeal over a summary judgment order gra(...)

Gay Rights activist Peter Tatchell.  File photograph: Stephen Wilson/PA Wire

A supporter of a Northern Irish baker which refused to bake a same-sex marriage-themed cake has welcomed an about-turn on the issue by a high-profile (...)

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has played down reports that eight people, including former Sinn Féin director of publicity Danny Morrison, are to share more than £1.6 million in compensation from the British government. File photograph: Peter Morrison/AP Photo

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has played down the impact of reports that eight people, including leading republican Danny M(...)

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Judgments: key cases in brief

Rehabilitation should have been addressed in a sentence for arson. DPP vs Flynn, IECA 290, (Court of Appeal, Edwards J, December 4th, 2015) The Court (...)

Attorney General John Larkin QC said at the time of the decision he was “profoundly disappointed”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Northern Ireland’s Attorney General has lodged an appeal against the recent decision which could see abortion permitted in cases of fatal foetal abno(...)

 Pro-choice activists rally outside City Hall  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s attorney general has lodged an appeal against a Northern Ireland High Court ruling that declared the region’s strict abortion laws (...)