NI abortion judgment: It is likely there will be more legal issues to be tested and confronted in relation to this ruling. Photograph: Getty Images

Despite ruling against them, Mr Justice Mark Horner in a sense conceded arguments made by Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life and Marion Woods of(...)

High Court judge Mr Justice Mark Horner held that abortion legislation in Northern Ireland breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  Photograph: PA

On Monday the Belfast High Court made a landmark judgment that would make abortion legal in Northern Ireland in cases of rape and incest and fa(...)

Record: former deputy chairman of Kenmare Resources Donal Kinsella leaving court with his wife Joan after he was awarded €10 million in damages in a defamation case at the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Damage, and damages. In law, the latter is often the only practical, although in many cases, wholly inadequate, means of compensation for the (...)

The Scales of Justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
Judgments: Key cases in brief

The delay by a liquidator in seeking the restriction of a company director is deemed excessive. Murray v Browne IEHC 651, High Court, Barrett J, Octob(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny took his parliamentary party by surprise this week when he said Fine Gael might be willing to allow a free vote on repea(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The Mahon tribunal has withdrawn findings of non-cooperation against two people involved in the financial “digout” to former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. (...)

You’re becoming hysterical, Sorcha – unnecessarily so, because it’s all in hand. As my chief whip, as well as long-suffering golf partner, I’ve told Hennessy to address the gender quota issue

The old man is sitting in his usual spot in Shanahan’s, wrapping his face around a rib eye that’s so rare I wouldn’t say the cow has even noticed y(...)

A seven judge Supreme Court will rule later on an appeal by four mussel fishermen and shellfish farmers against the rejection of their claims the Stat(...)

Retired Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Nial Fennelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

More than 500 firms of solicitors are co-operating with the Fennelly Commission’s investigation into the covert recording of non-emergency calls in Ga(...)

Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Tenement housing (1800 - 1900s) Following the1801 Act of Union – when Dublin lost its status as a capital and power was transferred to London – the(...)