Jules Thomas. File Photograph:  Courts Collins

Jules Thomas takes case against Garda and State over Toscan du Plantier murder inquiry

Papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles J Brown said letting each person define their own concepts of existence and meaning represents “an enormous abdication of our responsibility to seek some meaningful communality among human beings, based on our shared human nature”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Archbishop Brown says such respect is necessary norm which limits individual freedom

Chief Justice Ms Justice Susan Denham speaking with  Sir Declan Morgan, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland,    following a ceremony to celebrate the start of the new law term. Photograph: Collins Courts

Justice Susan Denham says Ireland’s reputation is being damaged by delay in setting up council

A judge has ruled the ESB is 60 per cent liable for flood damage to several buildings on the campus of University College Cork

Judge says ESB 60% liable after claim taken by UCC over 2009 damage to buildings

Chief Justice Susan Denham and Justice John MacMenamin at the funeral of Judge Paul Carney at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook on Tuesday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Funeral congregation includes over 50 serving and retired members of judiciary

Lydia Foy’s long legal battle began when she was refused a female birth certificate in 1993.

After long battle, Lydia Foy receives Irish birth certificate recognising her female gender

NCAD Graduate Exhibition: Fi Rooney  performing her endurance piece ‘Patience’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

NCAD, Dundalk IT, Waterford IT, Letterkenny IT and Galway Mayo IT in difficulty

Mr Justice Paul Carney retired from the bench last April after a legal career spanning five decades, including some 25 years service as a judge of the High Court. Photograph: Eric Luke

Profile: A stickler for tradition, his reputation was of a judge who was ‘tough but fair’

Mr Justice Paul Carney. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former Central Criminal Court judge (71) retired in April after five decade law career

Refugee children look through a bus window near Istanbul. Photograph: Strstr/AFP/Getty Images

Government asks group to collate public offers of accommodation, goods and services

Migrants  arrive on Kagia beach near the village of Sykamia on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Photogrpah: Iakovos Hatzistavrouiakovos/AFP/Getty Images

‘It is time for Ireland to stand up on this issue,’ says Barry Andrews

An inquest has heard that due to the state of the woman’s brain when a postmortem was carried out, it was not of assistance. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

‘Gold standard’ test for brain death not carried out as it might harm foetus, inquest hears

A three-judge High Court ruled last December the woman could be taken off life support because there was no genuine prospect of her baby being born alive.

Woman pronounced legally dead on December 3rd but kept on life support until 27th

Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton and manager Jim Gavin with the Sam Maguire trophy on O’Connell Street. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Thousands of ecstatic fans hail All-Ireland winners on O’Connell Street

Abbey director Fiach Mac Conghail was appointed to the Seanad in 2011 by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government’s failure to establish independent electoral commission ‘an absolute disgrace’, claims Senator Fiach Mac Conghail

Gerry Walshe, Lisdeen, Co Clare. Photograph: Collins/Courts

Court says neither petitioner raised necessary point of general public importance

Google’s builing on Barrow St, Dublin. It is understood that one of the projects undertaken by the flooring contractor  was for Google.  Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg

Criminal proceedings follow investigation by competition protection body

Gama workers protest in Dublin in 2005. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Turkish staff seeking €40.3m compensation over alleged underpayment of wages

The Portisham at Balbriggan Harbour. Photograph: Geolocation.ws

Council barred man from bringing ‘unsafe’ former minesweeper into harbour

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

High Court judge had held €135,000 of CRH shares when making ruling

The Court of Appeal decision means the referendum returning officer can issue the certificate confirming the result of the May 22nd poll. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Court rejects argument that State failed to protect ‘God factor’ in marriage vote

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan gave the three-judge Court of Appeal’s judgment which was the dismiss the couple’s appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Best interests of children not required to be ‘primary consideration’, court rules

Gerry Walshe seeking to overturn result of same-sex marriage referendum

The High Court has made orders requiring The Irish Times pay the legal costs of its failed bid for injunctions restraining the publishers of The Times of London. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘The Irish Times’ had sought injunctions arising from planned launch of digital publication

Ryanair alleges it was defamed in Channel Four’s ‘Secrets from the Cockpit’ programme on the airline’s fuel policy. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Broadcaster must hand over files related to ‘Dispatches’ investigation in defamation case

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell made the remarks during a Court of Criminal Appeal quashing of the conviction of a Co Limerick man for the murder of his partner at their home in Craughwell, Co Galway in July 2005. File photograph: Collins Courts

Judge says provocation ‘only partial excuse’ but plays to ‘desire’ to categorise homicides

The judge was told the bowl was part of a dinner service commissioned by Queen Victoria (above) when staying at Balmoral Castle. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Wedgwood bowl commissioned by Queen Victoria centre-piece in case over estate valuation

Thomas O’Connor: settled his High Court action. PhotographCourts Collins

Young man allegedly suffered brain damage at Sligo General Hospital

Martin McDonagh: has been paid €90,000 of the €900,000 award, made in 2008, pending the outcome of the newspaper’s appeal. Photograph: Collins

Jury found man was libelled in article describing him as a ‘Traveller drug king’

Businessman Jim Kennedy.

Court order was made to company of businessman Jim Kennedy in 2003

An Old Master painting, by David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690), from Russborough House was withdrawn from the auction.

Minister for Arts consents to declaration ministerial power should not have been delegated

Tomas Heneghan from Galway leaves the Four Courts after his High Court case. Photograph:  Courts Collins

Tomás Henegan argues blood donation is his civic responsibility

Publisher facing contempt hearings over Ian Bailey articles

The Irish Times Ltd (TITL) had sought various injunctions, pending the outcome of a full hearing, arising from the planned launch of the new digital publication, to be sold as part of a subscription package with the Sunday Times.

The Irish Times Ltd had sought injunctions arising from planned launch of digital publication

In the High Court, Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy ruled the Revenue had discharged the burden of proof showing the best interests of the liquidation of the Hazel Hotel in Monasterevin required Anthony J Fitzpatrick’s removal as liquidator. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Revenue questioned handling of liquidation and raised issue of remuneration and fees

The plaintiff teacher has claimed he told his school principal in August 2011 that a male colleague had told him of having sex with a female graduate student at the colleague’s home in 2008. Photograph: Michael Rehle

Man claimed teaching colleague told him of having sex with a female graduate student

The fruit bowl was part of a dinner service commissioned by Queen Victoria when staying at Balmoral Castle.

Sale of Wedgwood bowl at centre of family dispute

Fianna Fail Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.

Brian Ó Domhnaill’s argument that SIPO members should be bilingual is rejected

Teacher whistleblower also claims the same colleague told him he had exposed himself to a different female graduate student “in the stands” at a sports grounds in 2011, the High Court heard.

Whistleblower claims teacher said he exposed himself in a sports facility

The application to restrain publication of identifying material was supported by the plaintiff teacher. Photograph: Getty Images

Male teacher who made allegations against colleague is challenging resulting treatment

The reason the London Times wanted to use the words “Irish edition” was  to tell customers what its product was, Brian Murray SC, for Times Newspaper Limited, said.

Publisher says ‘The Irish Times’ has no arguable case for trademark infringement

Mothercare Ireland is a franchise of Mothercare UK and has traded here for 23 years. It is the country’s largest maternity, baby, nursery and children’s clothes retailer.

Firm says it will trade as normal during the examinership process

Newspaper wants injunctions restraining use of the words ‘The Times Irish Edition’

Best Menswear co-owner David Jones. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

Clery’s closure had ‘catastrophic’ effect on cashflow of company already struggling with high rents and falling sales

Aldi sought the injunction arising from Mr Justice Brian Cregan’s ruling last month that Dunnes engaged in misleading commercial practices in an advertising campaign of 2013 comparing prices of certain products with those of Aldi. Photograph: Frank Miller

Aldi injunction relates to practices by Dunnes Stores linked to its trademarks

Former Wexford hurler Paul Codd: had been jailed over contempt of orders and undertakings to co-operate with official assignee  but returned to court on Friday   seeking to purge his contempt. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Paul Codd undertakes to co-operate with official administering his bankruptcy

Ian Bailey: lost his action for damages against the Garda Commissioner and the State in the High Court earlier this year. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Judge refuses to recuse himself from contempt proceedings against magazine

Secular Schools Ireland Ltd says it was not afforded fair procedures

ICS Building Society suffered loss of €450,000 it advanced to Paul Lambert

Thomas McFeely: was adjudicated bankrupt in Ireland by the High Court in July 2012 and that bankruptcy is due to expire shortly. Photograph: Collins Courts

Priory Hall developer accused of not disclosing all of his assets

Former Wexford hurler Paul Codd. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All-Ireland medal winner undertakes to co-operated with bankruptcy officials

Edmund and Karen O’Mahony, parents of Eoin O’Mahony, leaving the Four Courts last November. Photograph: Collins

Eoin O’Mahony (32) sustained devastating brain injuries after Cork hospital procedure

An adolescent girl is said to be ‘very distressed’ that her planned return home may not proceed due to a lack of suitable care. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Teenager due to return from English facility pending availability of suitable placement

Liudas Padagas of Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, died in the incident which occurred while he was delivering the tank to a CIE/Bus Éireann depot in Ballina, Co Mayo, on April 14th, 2011. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Company accepts responsibility after man died when 10,000-litre oil tank fell on him

Christopher Brien, of Greenpark Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, who was awarded €60,000 in damages in the High Court. Photograph: Courts Collins

Christopher Brien was injured after climbing a makeshift gate along a Dargle River path

Judges agree woman and son established no legal basis for orders restraining deportations

 Bobby Molloy: resigned  in 2002   as junior minister after rape trial  judge said attempted communication   was “quite improper”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Man who raped daughter had sought any documents Garda Commissioner and DPP had which might be linked to any other allegations mad(...)

Mother-of-two claims Department of Social Protection in breach of EU law

Lucan East Educate Together National School claimed stipulation was ‘irrational’

A bend on  the N86 near Camp, Co Kerry. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Body argues environmental impact study should have been carried out

Nama headquarters at the Treasury Building in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

US-based Michael Breslin pursued over unpaid loans of £22 million

Gayle Dunne, wife of property developer Sean Dunne. Photograph: Collins Courts

Commercial Court will hear the application by wife of developer Sean Dunne

Larry Goodman’s Parma Developments group want the case fast-tracked in the Commercial Court list

Companies in Larry Goodman’s Parma Developments group reject Andrew Griffith’s claims

Developer Greg Kavanagh has withdrawn an injunction related to two Dublin developments. File photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

‘Ronaldo of the property market’ says steps are being taken to deprive him of profits

13 residents from Nobber, Kingscourt and Kilmainhamwood sought to quash An Bord Pleanala decision

The 57 apartments in question are situated in Dublin’s Docklands

McGinley Construction opposing the application by Stephen Tennant, appointed receiver by Promontoria Eagle

Domhnal Slattery: sued Friends First arising from the unsuccessful purchase of the St Regis Hotel in Washington. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Court of Appeal finds ‘sharp practice’ lead to clause being ‘slipped’ into deed

Developer Hugh McGinley says he and his son Daniel have devoted most of the last eight years to enhancing the value of the apartments in Dublin’s docklands.

Dispute centres on 57 apartments in Dublin’s docklands

A dispute between Stapleyside Company, landlord of Carraig Donn Retail Ltd, concerned a retail premises in the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

Case highlights difficulty faced by tenants paying rent under leases fixed in boom

A High Court judge has ruled that an acutely ill girl (10) should not be resuscitated.   Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

High Court judge rules child should not receive emergency life-saving intervention

Belgard Motors: Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Revenue and other preferential creditors lose out in landmark Supreme Court ruling that could lead to amendment of new Companies (...)

Judges quashes orders over State’s ‘irrational and unlawful’ failure to consider their rights

At the High Court, Mr Justice Kevin Cross  approved the latest payment to Adam Aylward. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

Latest payout to Adam Aylward, now 11, is to go towards his care for the next three years

A judge has granted a vulnerable young Irish woman’s plea for her return to Ireland after being detained more than 20 months in a specialised psychiatric unit in England against her wishes

Woman had been detained for over 20 months in psychiatric unit in England

The woman’s employer agreed she could avail of maternity leave but, because the employer does not pay maternity leave allowance, she applied to the Department of Social Protection for the State allowance, but was refused on grounds she was not eligible.

Woman claimed State’s refusal to pay benefit amounted to unlawful discrimination

Child was born in Ireland and has refugee status

Lucan school claims Department of Education’s direction is ‘irrational’

High Court: Margaret McDermott, of Taylor’s Hill, Galway, said in an affidavit that a “fundamental right” granted to her in the 2003 divorce proceedings was pension entitlements should her ex-husband and his second wife both die before her. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

Divorced wife of late educational authority director has pension rights, court rules

A significant judgment concerning the entitlements of part-time teachers and with implications for all teachers has been issued by the High Court

Court rules in favour of woman in significant judgment that could affect 50,000 teachers

Claire Lalor, from Swords, leaving the High Court in Dublin after her action for damages.  Photograph: Collins

Judge finds the trauma that Claire Lalor suffered because of swab was ‘extreme’

‘Portrait of a bearded man’ by Rubens - part of the Beit collection which had been due for auction this month

Withdrawal of works from auction meant the matter no longer so urgent - Judge

Dolores Atwood, pictured - with her husband, Chris (left) and RTÉ’s Kevin Bakhurst outside Four Courts on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Statement read on behalf of RTÉ said it incorrectly said Burke declined to be interviewed. Bakhurst says ‘no damages whatsoever’ p(...)

Dolores Atwood, pictured leaving the Four Courts during the lunchbreak of a High Court action for damages taken by former archbishop of Benin Richard Burke. Photograph: Courts Collins

Dolores Atwood claims Richard Burke kissed her and touched her breast when she was 13

Former archbishop of Benin Richard Burke. Photograph: Courts Collins

Richard Burke denies abusing Dolores Atwood in Nigeria when she was 13 or 14

Former Archbishop of Benin, Richard Burke, at the Four Courts. Photograph: Collins

Richard Burke cross-examined in his continuing action alleging he was defamed by RTÉ

Former archbishop of Benin, Richard Burke. Photograph: Courts Collins

Richard Burke denies he had sex with Dolores Atwood at age 14 in Nigeria

Judge satisfied boy’s conduct was ‘so self-evidently and so notoriously criminal in nature’

Former Archbishop of Benin Richard Burke pictured leaving the Four Courts on Thursday. Photograph: Courts Collins

Burke says he paid €176,000 to Nigerian woman at RTÉ Mission to Prey High Court case

Former Archbishop of Benin Richard Burke pictured leaving the Four Courts yesterday. Photograph: Courts Collins

Richard Burke paid woman €176,000 to keep quiet about relationship, counsel says

A separate appeal by Google, YouTube and Facebook against an injunction requiring them to remove the clip will proceed next week. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Eoin McKeogh lost application for anonymity in reports on dispute over taxi clip

Former catholic archbishop  Richard Burke is suing RTÉ for defamation. Photograph:  Collins

Richard Burke alleges defamation over RTÉ Mission to Prey programme

Former Catholic archbishop Richard Burke is suing  RTÉ for defamation, alleging he was wrongly depicted as a paedophile in the  Prime Time Investigates programme Mission to Prey. File photograph: The Irish Catholic

Richard Burke wrongly depicted as a paedophile in Prime Time special, counsel says

Nama has lost a key Freedom of Information case at the Supreme Court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Supreme Court rejects arguments by Nama that it is not a public authority

Case centres on man lawfully acquitted of burglary under changes to admissibility of evidence in criminal trials

 Jules Thomas, partner of Ian Bailey, who is pursuing an action for damages against the State over her alleged wrongful arrest by gardai investigating the late 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Collins

Jules Thomas took action over alleged wrongful arrest during Toscan du Plantier inquiry

Michelle Morrison, right: case concerns her objections to plans by neighbours to landscape property. Photograph: Eric Luke

Case adjourned after Ms Morrison asked judge for delay after hiring new lawyers

Mr Justice Paul McDermott ruled that the High Court did not have the jurisdiction to grant orders permitting experts for convicted persons to access forensic material

High Court did not have jurisdiction to grant orders, but court of appeal did, says judge

Joseph and Frankie Sheahan arriving at the Four Courts yesterday for a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Proceedings relate to borrowings by Frank Sheahan jnr and brother Joseph

When Mr Justice Seamus Noonan in the High Court  observed the costs of the case of a woman with a severe personality disorder would fund a purpose-built unit  in the Republic, Gerry Durcan SC, for the woman, said the legal costs of similar cases involving vulnerable young people over the last 20 years would pay for an entire “purpose-built system”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Legal costs of HSE bid to keep woman in specialised unit estimated at well over €1m

A young girl with “significant” special needs born in Ireland after her pregnant Nigerian mother claimed she came here due to fears her unborn child might be subjected to female genital mutilation or human sacrifice has won her legal challenge to being refused refugee status.

Tribunal finding about mother’s claim over FGM ran ‘counter to generally known facts’

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