Last year in Westmeath 85 per cent of drink-driving prosecutions were successful, while in  Co Waterford the figure was just 34 per cent.

Chances of conviction substantially lower in some District Courts than in others

Amnesty International’s chief executive, Colm O’Gorman, said it was directed by the  Standards in Public Office Commission to return €137,000 it received. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sipo expresses concerns that the grant contravenes Ireland’s rules on political funding

Garda Keith Harrison and Marisa Simms at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tribunal chairman’s findings could lead to Garda whistleblower being refused costs

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tribunal to also hear evidence about allegation by former head of Garda press office

 Former tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, after her resignation. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Department of Justice says it ‘fully complied’ with tribunal’s orders of discovery

A senior official in the Department of Justice described the atmosphere in the department this week as “feverish”, “white hot” and “very difficult”.

McCabe controversy may discourage potential chiefs from applying, Dermot Ahern says

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams: sense of separatism, superiority and suspicion of others allows the party exist within a special type of bubble, and within that bubble the tradition’s undemocratic and violent past is treated as a source of pride. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Campaign of violence and Sinn Féin party politics have been disastrous for Ireland

INM chairman Leslie Buckley is not using INM’s lawyers in a High Court action taken against him by the State’s corporate watchdog. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

INM’s chairman has turned to A&L Goodbody, eschewing the company’s lawyers

In May 2015 the Department of Justice and Frances Fitzgerald, above, were notified by email of the strategy being adopted at the O’Higgins commission by the Garda commissioner. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Expansion of tribunal’s terms of reference part of talks aimed at averting election

Requests for reviews of decisions not to prosecute alleged sexual offences were successful in only 2 per cent of cases.

‘In almost all cases there is no witness to the offence itself apart from the complainant’

Independent News & Media chairman  Leslie Buckley  at the company’s AGM in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ODCE stepping up investigation into corporate governance at newspaper publishing group

 Sgt Maurice McCabe: Frances Fitzgerald would have been within her rights to instruct her legal team to tell the commission she did not agree with the style of questioning directed against him, legal sources say. Photograph: Collins

Legal sources disagree with Tánaiste’s claim it was illegal to interfere with Garda strategy

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: will begin hearings into the alleged smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe, including any instructions given by then Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Public inquiry into alleged smear campaign the best way forward, says judge in charge

The 1998 Act was introduced in the wake of the Real IRA bombing in Omagh, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Frank Miller

Judge found that offence introduced in 1998 contravened right to remain silent

The Ombudsman found younger women who were living in the same buildings or convent as older women registered as being in the laundries, had been refused access to the scheme. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Women ‘wrongly refused access’ to redress scheme by Department of Justice

Heavy flooding on the N3 at Junction 2, Blanchardstown Centre on Wednesday afternoon after heavy rain caused the River Tolka to burst its banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Flash floods lead to traffic chaos across the country, with bitterly cold conditions to come

Senator Catherine Noone, chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, asked members to “please be constructive” and not to seek to undermine the committee. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senator Rónán Mullan says chair Catherine Noone had ‘failed to procure objectivity’

Consultants should work  a maximum of one day a week in private practice under the terms of their public service contracts.

RTÉ investigation found consultant worked average of 20 hours private, 14.5 hours public

The slipway in Buncrana. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Five members of same family perished when Audi went into the water in March 2016

Al Porter: has also stepped down from his role in the Christmas pantomine at the Olympia in Dublin. Photograph: Debbie Hickey/Getty

Comedian at centre of sexual misconduct allegations ‘cannot comment on legal advice’

The Smith & Williamson Survey of Irish Law Firms found 67 per cent of respondents reported increased revenue over the past year, with 62 per cent reporting increased profits.

Survey of Irish legal companies finds more than one in three reporting cyber-attacks

Dispute: former chief executive Robert Pitt (left) fell out with chairman Leslie Buckley (right) over how much INM should bid for Newstalk. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ODCE became aware of possible problem after whistleblower complaint

An economist  has said that there are ‘significant risks’ involved in tax policy choices made by Ireland over the past three years that hugely affect our tax take from multinationals. Photograph: Getty

Economist says decision by Donohoe allows firms use capital allowances to reduce tax bill

 Marcial Maciel Degollado  is embraced by Pope John Paul II in a ceremony on January 3th, 1991, marking the 50th anniversary of the Legionaries of Christ. Photograph: Getty Images

Paradise Papers reveal an Irish priest’s key role in the finances of a rich Catholic order whose founder was a sex abuser

Sir Anthony O’Reilly: established the Foundation Trust, which was earlier called the Daughters Trust, in Bermuda in 1998. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Businessman’s daughters were unaware of trust’s existence, documents indicate

Denis O’Brien: The two O’Brien family trusts are called the Harcourt Trust and the Wellington Trust.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Investments in INM, Topaz and Siteserv made via Isle of Man companies

Paradise Papers: Denis O’Brien arriving to give evidence at the Moriarty tribunal in 2001. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Paradise Papers: CAB looked for AIB material connected to Moriarty finding

Businessman Denis O’Brien at the Moriarty tribunal in 2007. Photograph: Alan Betson

Isle of Man branch of AIB was approached for assistance in 2015

A  man holds two boxes for  Apple’s new iPhone X at an Apple Store. Apple said it pays tax at Ireland’s statutory 12.5 per cent. Photograph: Reuters

Apple spokesman says firm paid $1.5bn in Irish corporation tax over three year period

 Citixsys Ltd is based in the offices of Cafico in Palmerston House, Fenian Street, Dublin 2 Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Indian entrepreneur’s company set up ‘double-Irish’ structure

As of last week, Apple’s cash stash stood at $252 billion. Much of this money has travelled via Hollyhill Industrial Estate in Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Changes to tax rules around intellectual property could have saved tech giant billions

Apple store in San Francisco: new figures on Irish corporation tax paid by Apple over the past three years (€1.27 billion) show its new tax residency has led to no appreciable increase in Apple’s annual Irish corporation tax bill. Photograph:  Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty

Apple Operations Europe was ‘stateless’ and aided avoiding tax on tens of billions of euro

Gulfstream: Denis O’Brien’s G650 at Dublin Airport

Paradise Papers: Kennelly and Nolan bought private aircraft using IoM-linked structure

It has emerged that after Ireland changed its laws, Apple made one of the three “stateless” companies resident in Ireland and the other two in Jersey. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Paradise Papers: Apple says it changed residency of its Irish subsidiaries but insists move did not reduce tax payments

The Appleby’s Bermuda office, Hamilton, Bermuda,

Three actors had trusts established in Mauritius

Paddy Houlihan aka Dermot in Mrs Brown’s Boys: “By the time the tax bill came around [each year], the money would be gone. I found myself constantly chasing my tail”

Paddy Houlihan says he still does not understand tax scheme he used

Agnes Brown (Brendan O’Carroll) and Betty Brown (Amanda Woods) in the Mrs Brown’s Boys 2016 Christmas special. The offshore scheme was not used by O’Carroll or his wife Jennifer. A trust was set up for Woods but she never made use of the scheme.

Fiona Delany, Martin Delaney and Paddy Houlihan named in leaked files

Brendan O’Carroll on Dublin’s Moore Street in 2013 during filming of “Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Background: O’Carroll has involved family and long-term family friends in show

A spokesman for  Bank of Ireland said it was group policy to fully comply with all the requirements of the tax legislation in the countries in which it operated. Photograph: Getty Images

Meeting held to review if AIB operations in Jersey and Isle of Man might have been guilty of criminal offences

Documents show AIB’s offshore arm continued to target Irish residents after it was taken into State ownership and hoped to generate business from existing AIB customers. File photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

State-owned bank refused to give Revenue access to offshore data when replying to court order

Forensic experts walk near the remains of the car of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Bidnija, Malta.  Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who worked on Panama Papers, killed in car bomb on Monday

Journalist and blogger Daphne Capuana Galizia: killed on October 16th in a car bomb close to her home in Bidnija, Malta. Photograph:  Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty

Daphne Caruana Galizia exposed alleged state wrongdoing via Panama Papers leak

Erika Browne  and Paula Kearney who addressed the conference Inside Out: the Human Rights Implications of Imprisonment, at the Law Society, Dublin, at the weekend.

Jail was ‘wasted time’ for Paula Kearney who is now starting a university degree course

Joan Deane said she and her family found it very difficult to deal with the loss of Russell while also dealing with a prosecution system that gave them little voice and little support. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Joan Deane says families of victims find themselves ‘under attack’ during trials

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Republic now has 88 per 100,000 people in prison, compared with 148 in England

Ialpa: ‘It seems clear that Ryanair has failed to plan properly for the implementation of the regulations’.

Issues surrounding Ryanair flight cancellations flagged with airline over a year ago

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: A request for comment from Ryanair in relation to the timing of the cancellations  met with no response other than one that referred to them being due to bad weather, air traffic controller difficulties, and the impact of changing crews’ “annual leave” rosters. File photograph: Getty Images

Level of passenger disruption left cancellations announcement looking like a crisis one

The Charleton Tribunal is to  investigate contacts between the Garda and  Tusla in relation to whistleblower Garda Keith Harrison. File photograph: Getty Images

Garda Keith Harrison alleges contacts between Tusla and force on himself and partner

Tourism ‘instability’: Flood of compensation claims expected from airline’s customers

 Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top, UK House of Lords Select Committee on the EU. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

She said it was a ‘tragedy’ that the Northern Ireland executive remained collapsed

Joe Costello, the Labour Party’s  spokesman on urban regeneration: Landlords “would quickly tear down the dividing walls and revert to type”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Removing ban on single-room occupancy would be ‘regressive and wrong’

The map of Ireland used to illustrate a piece in which Dr Eva Orsmond spoke about the greater risk of cancer for people who live in deprived areas of the country. Image: Screengrab from RTÉ Player

Station received 203 formal complaints in relation to the graphic

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Charleton tribunal probing whether she was party to any smear campaign against Sgt McCabe

Council uses Housing Act 1996 to acquire non-derelict vacant homes. Photograph: iStock

Council has sights on a further 30 empty properties to CPO saying process is ‘easy’

George Hook apologised for comments on rape. Photograph: Eric Luke

Rape Crisis Centre says comments can lead to under-reporting

Former European Commissioner for Trade and UK Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Lord Mandelson called on the UK to remain in the Single Market and the EU Customs Union post-Brexit. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Former EU commissioner says UK government thinks it can have autonomy and trade

Dublin District Court had waiting times of 26 weeks, with delays also in family law cases

Clonkeen College, Deansgrange, Co Dublin.

Clonkeen College is challenging order’s decision to sell 7.5 acres of its playing fields

The French authorities want to try Ian Bailey for the involuntary manslaughter of French citizen Sophie Toscan du Plantier. File photograph: Collins Courts

The justice had accused Frances Fitzgerald of ‘abuse of process’ during extradition bid

Isme’s chief executive, Neil McDonnell, believes  it is time that perjury was defined in statute.

Current judicial culture too accommodating of those who make false claims – Isme

Kevin Myers was sacked as a ‘Sunday Times’ columnist following a recent article. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sacked writer claims five or six people would have seen the article before publication

There was a drop in the number of applications for judicial separation in 2016, when the majority of the applications came from wives, figures released by the Courts Service show.

There were also 62 applications for dissolution of civil partnerships, with most involving female partnerships

The housing crisis may not be of Fine Gael’s making – the building and banking sectors imploded on Fianna Fáil’s watch – but the Government’s efforts to repair the situation, through delay and undue reliance on the private sector, have not impressed. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

‘Hopefully this is a sign that the effects of our great recession are fading,’ says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Susan Denham presented the annual report of the Courts Service for 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Guidelines needed for ‘the who, when and what of using social media in courtrooms’

Ian Bailey: French tribunal likely to go ahead in his absence. Photograph: Collins Courts

Charlie Flanagan ‘obliged’ by law to apply for extradition order on foot of European warrant

Fr Martin Pender and  a Congolese asylum seeker:  “It is absolute psychological abuse,” says Fr Martin Pender. He is “ashamed” Irish taxpayers are sponsoring such poor treatment of asylum seekers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Martin Pender says Congolese asylum seekers left to ‘eat and sleep and walk around’

Murdered: Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty

Background: Ian Bailey became a suspect early in the investigation. He has been in legal battles ever since

Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Collins

Whistleblower taking complaint outside Garda was ‘making everyone look bad’

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone with Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and  Ann Marie Gill, chairperson. Photograph: Eric Luke

UN urged to pressure Government over lack of protection for victims of sexual crime

The site of the National Children’s Hospital at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Work on the project is alleged to have caused structural damage to nearby homes

Maurice McCabe  at the Charleton tribunal in  Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Did the growing mistrust between McCabe and his colleagues tip over into smears?

Somaia Halawa with a postcard of her brother: Ibrahim Halawa has been  held in Egypt for almost four years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Relatives encouraged by Leo Varadkar’s interest in the case

Garda Supt Leo McGinn at the the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Supt Leo McGinn says he ‘absolutely’ had no axe to grind against garda whistleblower

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the  Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph:  Collins.

Supt Noel Cunningham denies being part of effort by Garda bosses to smear whistleblower

Garda whistleblower: Sgt Maurice McCabe and his wife, Lorraine, at Dublin Castle for the Disclosures Tribunal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Officer investigating Maurice McCabe acknowledges difficulty of disproving allegations

Supt Noel Cunningham: told the Disclosures Tribunal that Sgt Maurice McCabe “became a thorn in his side”. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Investigating superintendent ‘absolutely refutes’ later ignoring Tusla sex abuse claim letter

Crime journalist Paul Williams at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Background: Crime journalist was in contact with Ms D over Maurice McCabe claim

Charleton tribunal: the journalist Paul Williams at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Journalist told tribunal Taylor confirmed inquiry into Ms D’s allegation against McCabe

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Collins

Journalist denies being ‘puppet’ for senior gardaí

Sgt Maurice McCabe with his wife, Lorraine, at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle, on Monday.  Photograph: Collins Photos

Woman had told Gsoc she was told the sergeant ‘watched the young ones’ leaving school

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the tribunal in Dublin Castle.  “Ms D” said on Monday she grew upset in 2013 as Sgt McCabe’s case became prominent in the media. Photograph: Collins Photos

Witness says she wanted the public to know that there was ‘another side to the man’

Extension of bankruptcy of Patrick J Daly, who resides at Ballinagore House, is being sought

Kay McLoughlin with Gerard Lowry at Dublin Castle. “I failed to appreciate that there was a significant error on the file and I failed to review the file thoroughly,” Ms McLoughlin told the tribunal. Photograph: Collins

Child and family agency failed to stop the McCabe file travelling on through the system

 Sergeant Maurice McCabe arrives at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Collins

Superintendent believed allegation should be examined outside Cavan-Monaghan division

Tribunal chairman, Mr Justice Peter Charleton (above), is due to decide on whether to allow Ms D give evidence with the public excluded. File photograph: Collins

Press can attend but must not identify woman who made claim against McCabe

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court finds that case against PAC involves matters of general public importance

 Gerard Lowry at the The Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Collins Photos

Area manager says social workers are in ‘very rushed environment’ and ‘errors are made ’

Garda  Sergeant Maurice McCabe arrives at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Colins

Charleton Tribunal told Sgt McCabe became aware of ‘serious misbehaviour’ by colleague

Gerard Lowry,  Cavan-Monaghan area manager with child and family agency Tusla. Photograph: Collins

Tusla manager told Charleton Tribunal he had not known Garda whistleblower

Social worker Laura Connolly told the Charleton tribunal she was not aware of who Sergeant Maurice McCabe was until she was contacted by the tribunal earlier this year. Photograph: Collins

Laura Connolly says false information in report was never brought to her attention

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the National Day of Commemoration ceremony at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eleven more people face trial on charges arising from water charges protest

Ibrahim Halawa is one of 494 men who were arrested and charged with offences that carry the death penalty during anti-government demonstrations in 2013.

Dublin man arrested in Cairo in 2013 faces potential death penalty over protests

Paul Murphy TD and Cllr Michael Murphy celebrate as they leave court after their acquittals in the Jobstown trial. Photograph: Collins Courts

Issue arises when multiple witnesses give same inconsistent testimony, defence argued

Leo Varadkar said people ‘need to trust what gardaí say’ on  the witness stand. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Prosecutors are worried about legal implications of Taoiseach’s call for Garda review

 Sergeant Maurice McCabe and his wife Lorraine   at the The Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Tribunal chairman, Mr Justice Peter Charleton,   said he wanted to know how soon it was discovered by the Garda that a “silly error” had been made in relation to Sgt McCabe. Photograph: Collins

Justice Charleton wants to know to what extent was the matter passed on to Garda HQ

Counselling director Fiona Ward at the The Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin on Thursday.

Counselling director said the erroneous report into Sgt McCabe ‘took on a life of its own’

Laura Brophy at the  Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Counsellor Laura Brophy being asked about error she made over allegation against Sgt McCabe

 Psychologist and counsellor Laura Brophy: When typing in  details of the allegation against Sgt McCabe, Ms Brophy left details belonging to another client, Ms Y, on the Microsoft Word document. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Error discovered when ‘emotional, angry and upset’ client contacted Rian service in Cavan

Judge Peter Charleton at Dublin Castle in February 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social worker says no credibility assessment carried out on claims by daughter of colleague

Defendants in the Jobstown trial leave the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after they were all found not guilty on charges of the false imprisonment of then-tanaiste Joan Burton at a water protest in Jobstown in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

Video evidence in trial was not subject to ‘human frailties’, judge advised jury

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