Maurice Gaffney: “I owe a lot to my colleagues. They have made me happy and have always been reliable.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When he was called to the Irish Bar, back in 1954, there were about 250 barristers in the Republic, of whom about one-fifth were senior counsel, and t(...)

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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(...)

 Garda Sharon Casserly was being treated for broken limbs in University Hospital Galway this week when her condition deteriorated. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

One of two gardaí injured in a road incident which claimed the life of a 66-year-old man in south Galway is still seriously ill in hospital. Garda Sh(...)

Graham Dwyer: Seán Guerin SC received  €101,726 fee for putting the State’s case during the 43-day Dwyer trial last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The team of barristers that prosecuted Graham Dwyer earned €438,898 (including VAT) prosecuting cases in the courts last year. New figures from the (...)

The story of a profoundly intellectually disabled and non-verbal woman called “Grace”, who was allegedly sexually and physically abused in foster care(...)

There are allegations that children and adults with intellectual disabilities, some of whom are mute, were seriously sexually assaulted at the home.

Why is a case involving a family which fostered children in the 1980s in the news now? The case has been in the public domain since last year, but ca(...)

David Drumm: His solicitors wrote to the DPP stating that he would return voluntarily to face trial and abide by the strictest conditions if the State agreed not to oppose bail. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm’s lawyers have offered surety of more than €100,000 if the State agrees not to oppose bail should (...)

The PSNI Chief Constable has decided detectives from outside Northern Ireland should investigate the activities of a British agent in the IRA allegedl(...)

A 21-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged in connection with an iron bar attack which has left a 25-year-old man in a critical condition with head injuries. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The IRish Times

A 21-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged in connection with an iron bar attack which has left a 25-year-old man in a criti(...)

The scales  of justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
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 (...)