Blaming the messenger?

Sir, – Richard Pine (Letters, July 23rd) appears to believe that because his grandmother was an invalid for most of her life, her doctor, the crickete(...)

Stephen Egan: The report into the death of Gary Douch reveals a prison service so keen to transfer the troublesome, violent and mentally ill Egan that no one group of staff or facility ever took ownership of his care. In one 2½-year period, he was transferred 17 times.  Photograph:  Collins/Court

The Irish Prison Service and the Central Mental Hospital were to blame for serious errors leading up to the killing in Mountjoy Prison of Gary Douch, (...)

The funeral of Gary Douch in 2006. The 21-year-old was beaten to death in a communal cell in Mountjoy. Photograph: Collins

The Irish Prison Service missed a key warning sign in the behaviour of a mentally ill prisoner who went on to kill Gary Douch (21) in Mountjoy Pris(...)

Overcrowding at Mountjoy Prison had “completely undermined” the staff’s ability to facilitate a request from Gary Douch (above) to be housed away from the main  population because he feared for his safety, the report of the Commission of Investigation into his death concludes.

Former Mountjoy prisoner Gary Douch had consumed “a considerable amount of alcohol” in a cell in the jail just before being beaten to death by a priso(...)

Dr Tom Fahy, a consultant psychiatrist, told Judge Paul Carney and a jury that the discharge of Paul Henry (above) was decided on by a Mental Health Tribunal. Photograph: Andrew Downes

A young man who stabbed his mother 10 times with a kitchen knife was released earlier from a mental hospital against the wishes of the medical team wh(...)

Shaun Kelly (24), is accused of causing the deaths by dangerous driving of eight men in Co Donegal in July 2010. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A judge has ordered that a man accused of causing the deaths of eight men in one of Ireland’s most high-profile road incidents be psychological(...)

Saverio Bellante (34) the deceased’s former lodger, had been due to appear at Cloverhill District Court.

An Italian man accused of the murder of well-known pro-life campaigner and religious writer Tom O’Gorman, was unable to face another court hear(...)

The funeral of Gary Douch in 2006.  He  was 20 when he was kicked and stamped to death by another prisoner in a holding cell. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is studying a report into the murder of Gary Douch in Mountjoy Prison after it was forwarded to him last week, some (...)

Saverio Bellante had been due to appear before the courts yesterday.

A man charged with the murder of 39-year-old Tom O’Gorman has been remanded in custody in the Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin. Saverio Bellan(...)

Saverio Bellante told gardaí ‘I am guilty’ when charged with killing Tom O’Gorman at house in Castleknock

A man charged with the murder of 39-year-old Tom O’Gorman has been transferred from prison to the Central Mental Hospital. Saverio Bellante, a 34-year(...)