Six women gave evidence after the complainant

Rory Harrison  told police he didn’t notice anything peculiar about the complainant’s  appearance, demeanour or clothing after the alleged rape at the home of Paddy Jackson. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Detective tells Belfast Court Harrison said he had “no real conversation” with student

Stuart Olding (left) and Paddy Jackson are charged with rape. Photographs: Niall Carson/PA

Friend of alleged victim says ‘rape is rape’ regardless of profession of those involved

Stuart Olding (left) and Paddy Jackson are charged with rape. Photographs: Niall Carson/PA

Friend of alleged rape victim describes how she tried to convince her to go to police

Stuart Olding (left) and Paddy Jackson pictured arriving at court  last week. Photograph: PA.

Woman tells Jackson-Olding trial there was ‘no distress’ in sexual activity she witnessed

 Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court on Monday. Phtograph: Niall Carson/PA

Cross-examination of woman finishes after seven days in witness box at Jackson-Olding trial

The Government and developers are  concerned it is now too cheap for locals to take court challenges to developments. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I would say the one thing that unites all of us is an absolute love of local environment’

It is understood the Government fears Ireland’s planning process could discourage  multinational companies from investing here for fear they will be caught up in complex and costly litigation. Photograph:  Getty Images

Government seeking to restrict court challenges to major projects after Apple delays

Signing the confidentiality agreement while the investigation is ongoing means they cannot discuss the allegations publicly.

Lecturer accused of attempting to engage in inappropriate conduct

Former Gate Theatre artistic director Michael Colgan set off for the south of France as the controversy grew. He refused to comment publicly but let it be known he had hired renowned defamation lawyer Paul Tweed. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Reaction to report of independent inquiry into allegations has been mixed

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Agency granted support to the World Actors Forum amid concerns it was not ‘prudent’

Garda Tony Golden was shot dead by Adrian Crevan Mackin in Omeath, Co Louth, on October 11th, 2015. Photograph: PA Wire

Ombudsman investigating circumstances surrounding murder of Garda Tony Golden

Det Supt Declan Daly, assistant commissioner John O’Driscoll, Chief Supt Michael Daly during a media briefing on Operation Ketch in  Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Average viewer of child abuse material ‘a middle-aged married man with children’

Pills of the opioid Oxycodone-acetaminophen.  (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Prescriptions for powerful painkillers increased by over 1,000% in the last decade

The taxi driver was dropping off a customer on St James Street at 4.30am when he reported feeling unwell. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Man became ill when dropping off a customer on St James Street on Sunday

 Ireland could become a leading legal services centre after Brexit, the Bar of Ireland has said. File photograph: Getty Images

Bar of Ireland report says Dublin should take London’s place as a dispute resolution hub

Colm Smyth SC leaving the tribunal in Dublin Castle: he says he was asked by Chief State Solicitor Annmarie Ryan to come on board as counsel  two weeks before the commission was to begin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lawyers for former Garda commissioner ‘on red alert’ over McCabe claims

Nóirín O’Sullivan: the former Garda commissioner has finished her evidence. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Former commissioner ‘at no point’ ordered attack on Maurice McCabe’s integrity

Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said if there was a conflict of interest her lawyers would have told her so. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

Former Garda commissioner concludes evidence before Disclosures Tribunal but is expected to be recalled on other matters

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Disclosures Tribunal  in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Erroneous media reports made former Garda commissioner feel ‘isolated’, tribunal hears

Former Garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

What happened at Dublin Castle and why should I care?

Michael McDowell SC, who is representing Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe,  is questioning former commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Collins.

Former Garda commissioner quizzed about impact of Maurice McCabe’s allegations

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín  O’Sullivan told the Charleton tribunal she was left feeling “isolated” and in need of a public expression of support from then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Garda commissioner tells Charleton tribunal of being caught in media storm

Joan Cherry, of the Northside Interagency Partnership: “Their whole lives are on the internet or the Xbox. They spend 10 hours a day online never going outside, never meeting up with friends.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In world of online porn, more than 25% of sex offenders found by Garda are teenagers

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe said he felt ‘under threat’ as a result of Noirín O’Sullivan’s action

The average monthly income for all third-level students is €754 while the average expenditure is €832, the study found. Photograph: iStock

Study finds number of students in third level has increased by nearly 8% since 2013

 A report by the ESRI said it was a particular  concern “that only one-third of PLC learners reported having had access to career guidance during their courses”

Concerns many students do not have access to good quality guidance

Kathleen O’Toole, who is leading the Commission on the Future of Policing: members of Garda Síochána need updated training, she says. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Kathleen O’Toole: ‘I’ve joked before, the CEO of a major airline doesn’t need to be a pilot’

Michael Colgan, former director of the Gate Theatre, is to sue Village Magazine for defamation of character. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Former Gate Theatre director has faced accusations of sexual harassment and bullying

Large-scale operation sees men stopped in car near Kinnegad

White Strand, close to  Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, where the stabbed body of Baby John  was found on April 14th, 1984. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh Photography

Gardaí reopening 1984 cold case want to avoid alienating south Kerry community

Microwaves account for the largest percentage of sales of all types of ovens in the EU, with numbers set to reach nearly 135 million by 2020. Photograph: iStock

Ovens emit as much carbon dioxide every year as 7m cars, affecting climate change

 Protesters in Ballivor, Co Meath, opposing  a new Scientology-linked  drug treatment centre in the village. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Locals gather in Ballivor to protest against centre

A male and female garda were allegedly seen by nightclub staff taking cocaine in a bathroom area

Female officer reportedly claims male colleague gave her the drug for personal use

Breaking in to an occupied home is more serious than breaking into a factory warehouse at night when there’s no one there. Photograph: Getty Images

It depends partly on the crime, but mostly on judges’ differing approaches

Sexsomnia has been a feature of rape trials in the UK for the past 15 years. File photograph: Getty Images

DPP’s decision not to proceed with trial has highlighted the controversial condition

Rumours have circulated that an  abandoned national school in Ballivor has been taken over by a controversial drug rehabilitation group linked to the Church of Scientology. Image: GoogleMaps

Ballivor locals, annoyed at being ‘stonewalled with secrecy’, plan to protest at the site next week

Peter Sutherland:  President Michael D Higgins  commended his efforts in “tirelessly campaigning for global solutions to human trafficking and forced migration”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Figures from the worlds of law and politics pay tribute to long-serving statesman

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said it is unlikely the burglar would have any success in his claim as the occupier of a property has no duty of care towards a trespasser.

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns says the case, in which burglar injured scrotum, is an ‘anomaly’

Most pounds have now stopped accepting greyhounds, many of which are surrendered at about the age of six, when they have reached the end of their racing career

Pressure on shelter: Council says it is successfully working to cut its euthanasia rate

In Dublin the number of burglaries has risen almost every year since the recession. This has broadly coincided with a rise in the imprisonment rate. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish judges can impose any sentence they like once it’s under maximum prison term in the legislation

Photograph: Getty

Imprisonment rates for offence vary between 74 per cent in capital and 39 per cent in Galway

People light candles   outside Dundalk courthouse at a vigil  for  Yosuke Sasaki (24) who died in a knife attack last week. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

About 1,500 people attend vigil for Yosuke Sasaki (24) who was killed last Wednesday

 A group of people scuffled with gardaí and shouted racial slurs at the accused Mohamed Morei as he was brought to Dundalk District Court. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins

Anti-immigrant chants heard outside courthouse where Mohamed Morei was charged

Gardaí search a vacant property on Avenue Road in Dundalk, Co Louth, near the scene of the killing of 24-year-old Yosuke Sasaki. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Stabbing to death of 24-year-old man and the wounding of two others stun Border town

Mohamed Morei (18), being brought into Dundalk District Court this evening where he was charged with the murder of a Japanese national. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Mohamed Morei (18) accused of murdering Japanese man Yosuke Sasaki (24)

Gardaí seal off the scene of a fatal stabbing on Avenue Road, Dundalk on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Local residents hadn’t noticed anyone coming and going from the house in recent weeks

Yosuke Sasaki died following a knife attack in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Facebook

Yosuke Sasaki (24) had been living in Dundalk and working in call centre

Gardaí seal off the scene of a fatal stabbing on Avenue Road, Dundalk on Wednesday morning. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Violence began at 9am on Wednesday, two days after young man was stopped by garda

 Yosuke Sasaki (24), who is believed to come from the Japanese city of Ebina-shi, died on Wednesday morning after he was stabbed in the back on Avenue Road in Dundalk.

Company he worked for described him as a ‘valued member of staff’

The scene of a fatal attack on Avenue Road in  Dundalk. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins.

Japanese man dead and two other males injured in attacks; man (18) taken into custody

The number of people on trolleys and wards awaiting a bed in an Irish hospital has risen again to a new high of 677.

INMO says staff face ‘intolerable’ conditions and patients in ‘inhumane’ situations

Motorists who suffer from sneezing fits are particularly at risk, according to Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons. Photograph: iStock

People who drive with colds or flu can take 10% longer to react than healthy drivers

The record numbers on trolleys are the result of a “perfect storm” caused by the flu season and the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to HSE national director Damien McCallion. Image: iStock

People urged to get flu vaccine, as HSE warns situation to get worse before it gets better

02/01/18 Jason Doyle, manager at the Speaker Conolly pub in Firhouse where an attempted robbery took place last night.. Three customers tackled an armed raider and restrained him until Gardai arrived...Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Man with suspected firearm attempted to rob Firhouse pub just before midnight

Mr Justice George Birmingham wrote to then taoiseach Enda Kenny  warning that failure to continue the tradition of appointing former judges in European institutions to the Irish bench could “prove very damaging to the country”

Former European Court of Human Rights judge Ann Power was not appointed

Women currently make up 36% of the judiciary compared to 13%  20 years ago. Photograph: Getty Images

Government told it could be discriminating against women if it does not reverse salary cuts

Motorists will be able to claim up a maximum of €600 towards the cost of installing a car charging port in their home. File Photograph: EPA

One of several measures to help meet the 2030 goal for zero emission vehicles

House prices increased more in the first six months of 2017 than in the whole of 2016, according to Sherry FitzGerald. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cost of homes overall continued to rise sharply in 2017, Sherry Fitzgerald says

Part of Sidmonton Park and the surrounding roads were closed off by Gardaí. Photograph: Google Maps

The Army Bomb squad had been called out and examined what it thought was a suspicious device

Gardaí at the scene of a crash on the Dublin-bound carriageway in Co Kildare on Thursday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

One youth remains in serious condition in hospital

Former Gay and Lesbian Equality Network director Kieran Rose, who failed to disclose support from the organisation worth about €11,500 which he received during his Seanad election campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kieran Rose had failed to declare the use of the charity’s resources during his Seanad campaign

Prof Jim Egan, director of organ donation and Transplant Ireland: “The excellent rates of organ donation and transplantation in 2017 reflect the generosity of Irish society.”

Pancreas transplants resumed this year following a two-year suspension

More than one-quarter of child pornography cases in the District Court were struck out, often because of deficiencies or delays in the prosecution case. Photograph: Getty Images

Two offenders avoided punishment by making payments to the court poor box

Eoghan Murphy: 5,900 new units of social housing would be provided next year, an increase of 31 houses on previous targets set for 2018. Photograph: Sam Boal/

The issue dominated almost every aspect of public and political discourse this year

Particularly significant is the drop in thefts of handguns, from 12 in the period 2010-2013 to just one in the last three years. Photograph: Johnny Green

Reduction due to better compliance with gun storage laws, says Government

Richard Dudley, Ireland’s first deaf juror, outside the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

With the assistance of an interpreter, Richard Dudley became Ireland’s first deaf juror

The Four Courts. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court dismissed Mihai Avadenei’s appeal against a drink-driving conviction. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Up to 1,000 cases adjourned pending ruling on challenge over breath tests statements

The annual rental inflation rate is now 9.5 per cent, well ahead of the 4 per cent rental cap on increases set in December 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Average monthly rents are a record €1,056, up almost 10% over the last year

A still from a video showing Kieran Creaven being confronted by a group in Leeds. Photograph:  Predator Exposure/

Kieran Creaven pleaded guilty in Leeds court on Monday and will be sentenced next year

Scientology: the church’s community centre in Firhouse in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The controversial church is giving out teaching materials that hide its involvement

An altar at the Tuam babies burial ground: Examination of bones should  be able to detect trauma and tell whether it occurred before or after death. Photograph: Barry Cronin

DNA techniques unlikely to help due to condition of bones, claims Dr René Gapert

The Church of Scientology community centre in Firhouse, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Locals express worries as organisation opens ‘Winter Wonderland’ at its centre in the area

Last week the Tribunal of the International Labour Organisation ordered Patrick Corcoran be paid €35,000 to cover lost wages, legal costs and “moral damages”

European Patent Organisation had accused judge of defamation

Advocate for victims of domestic violence Emma Murphy (left) with Orla O’ Connor, director of the National Womens Council of Ireland. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Emma Murphy’s former partner avoided prison last month for attacking her

Many victims of domestic violence choose family rather than criminal courts, as they are not entitled to anonymity during the criminal prosecution process. File image: Reuters

Barrister Rebecca Coen claims legal delays make victims drop out of justice process

Patrick Corcoran was suspended pending an investigation into allegations that he made defamatory statements about the European Patent Organisation president Benoît Battistelli using a pseudonym.

Man accused of having Nazi memorabilia at work said president had conflict of interest

A homeless man sleeping on Kildare Street, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Death of rough sleepers is a ‘collective failure of our society’

 It is understood the attack took place near the Abbey Court apartment building at about 3am. File photograph:   Oli Scarff/Getty Images

‘The fight in her saved her life’ said sister of the victim who suffered serious injuries

Steve Alexander, Doug Alexander jnr and their parents Doug Alexander Snr and Lily Alexander died on Monday after their rental car collided with a lorry in Wexford. Photograph: Facebook

U-turn believed to have caused crash that killed family visiting from US for funeral

LGBT supporters protest at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Belfast in 2015. File photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Many victims feel they will not be taken seriously, according to Stad report

A recent UK study found that coercive control was apparent in 92 per cent of domestic killings.

Coercive control will be punishable by up to five years in prison under new legislation

The body representing rank and file gardaí has said Garda overtime was a “safety valve” which offered the best value for money in policing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Budgets for all policing cut by 15% around the country

Ava Barry, a seven year old girl from Co Cork, has been granted permission to use medicinal cannabis to prevent severe epilepsy attacks. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ava has a rare, drug-resistant form of epilepsy which can cause up to 20 seizures a day

Sgt Maurice McCabe on the first day of the Charleton Tribunal at Dublin Castle in June. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Tough but fair’ judge expected to take dim view of department actions over McCabe emails

 Hiqa inspectors said that despite their concerns, Oberstown was now in a more “positive place” than it was last year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Hiqa identifies incidence of solitary confinement and ‘non-compliance’ at Oberstown

Joe Costello: in seeking an extra TD in his Dublin Central consistency, he is raising potential constitutional  problems. Photograph: Collins Courts

Joe Costello’s call to raise number of TDs may create Government procedural issues

Legal sources say overseas trips increasingly important as a form of soft diplomacy ahead of the United Kingdom’s EU departure. Photograph: Getty Images

UK exit from EU leaves Ireland as only pure common law system remaining within bloc

The Four Courts, Dublin. In 2013 alone judges visited other countries on official business 95 times. Photograph: Collins

Many trips are for training purposes due to lack of facilities in Ireland

Louise James outside the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana, Co Donegal following  the inquest into the deaths of her partner Seán McGrotty, sons Evan and Mark, sister Jodie Lee Daniels and mother Ruth Daniels, who died when their car slipped off Buncrana pier in Co Donegal in March 2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Louise James lost partner, two sons, mother and sister in the drowning disaster in 2016

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘Our city and our country have many urgent needs. I appeal this morning to political leaders to place these needs first.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Splintering and bickering helps nobody,’ Diarmuid Martin tells congregation

Out of the 22 murder suicides involving female victims since 1996, 21 were carried out by a current or former partner. File photograph: Getty Images

Women’s Aid forum told criminal system less harsh on those killing intimate partners

A House of Commons report found post-Brexit “there could be difficulties extraditing suspects between the Republic of Ireland and the UK, if the UK fails to opt back into the EAW (European Arrest Warrant)”. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Cases waiting for outcome of Supreme Court challenge to pending extradition order

Last year the Courts Service Board established a group, chaired by Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Peter Charleton to review the Judicial Assistant Programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recruitment, training and supervision among issues, says Mr Justice Charleton

Thomas Joseph O’Connor has started a trend. Between a dozen and 20 others are now challenging the safety of of extradition orders to the UK, made through the EAW system, on the basis of Brexit. File photograph: Getty Images

Legal sources say up to 20 EAW extradition cases held up due to arguments over Brexit

Public hospital consultants, who should be working a maximum of one day a week in private care, are working two to three times that amount, according to the investigation.   Photograph: iStock

Varadkar says non-compliance with HSE contracts is ‘deeply offensive and must stop’

Mary Comber was blind in one eye and had failing eyesight in the other. Image: RTÉ Investigates

Limerick woman was on two-year waiting list to have the procedure done publicly

Former Irish Times sports journalist Tom Humphries. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two-and-a-half-year jail term for grooming and sexual abuse of girl was criticised as being too lenient

There are no official proactive measures in Ireland to catch men seeking to groom children online. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Citizen justice by vigilantes is tackling problems unsolved by authorities, argue some

Bus Éireann is seeking cost-reduction measures in an attempt to tackle losses of some €9.4 million annually. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Company and unions agree to let previous recommendation come into force

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