President Michael D Higgins with Attorney General Séamus Woulfe last year. Mr Woulfe was addressing a graduation ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Small number of solicitors lowered standards during recession, says Séamus Woulfe

It’s likely that, whatever happens, people who borrowed money will still be expected to repay it

Dylon Fitzgibbon (24) who was injured in a suspected hit-and-run in Dublin over the weekend. Photograph: via Facebook

Dylon Fitzgibbon was found lying on the road with head injuries in south Dublin on Sunday

Council chief executive Michael Walsh said media reports that the vans had been bought when they were not needed were incorrect

Waterford council’s 60 new vans sat unused in storage for months

The current sitting of the tribunal is examining whether a false sex abuse allegation or any other unjustified ground were used at the confidential hearings of the 2015 O’Higgins Commission by the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, to discredit Sgt Maurice McCabe.  Photograph: Collins

Mr Justice Peter Charleton said it appeared clear there was not an attempt to rely on a false sex allegation against Sgt McCabe

The matter currently being investigated by the Charleton tribunal grows more nuanced with each day’s evidence. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Analysis: Charleton tribunal questions Garda on legal error that had massive consequences

The Charleton Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Charleton tribunal: Officer questions barrister’s evidence on mistake at O’Higgins Commission

 Sgt Maurice McCabe seen outside  the Charleton  Tribunal. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Garda director of human resources found ‘Sgt McCabe to be credible’ at 2015 meeting

Retired chief superintendent Colm Rooney: said while he had signed a letter before it was handed to the commission, he had only done so in relation to “the paragraphs that related to me”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Colm Rooney says his contribution to letter about Maurice McCabe was ‘factually correct’

John Barrett, head of Garda Human Resources at the Charleton Disclosures Tribunal during lunch break. Photograph: Alan Betson.

What they said in Dublin Castle this week

We learned that at the time the O’Higgins commission was beginning to hear evidence, the then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald already knew a lot about a key background issue concerning Garda whisteblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins.

Frances Fitzgerald and the latest revelations on the ‘vortex’ that is the McCabe saga

Executive director of human resources with An Garda Síochána John Barrett first made his claim that he had been told in 2015 that the gardaí were going to “go after” Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe (pictured) in a statement he supplied to the tribunal in April of last year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Civilian HR head insists he was told gardaí were ‘going after’ McCabe

The head of human resources at Garda HQ John Barrett told the tribunal  the comment about Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe (pictured) was made to him by his immediate superior. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Force’s HR head says comment went against ‘cornucopia’ of measures to address concerns

Former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald  at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Frances Fitzgerald made ‘conscious decision’ not to act on email she couldn’t remember

Former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald arriving at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister for justice resigned from Cabinet after existence of email was disclosed

 Maurice McCabe and his wife Lorraine at the Charleton Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph:  Collins

Fitzgerald requested a note on reports about ‘tapes introduced in evidence at O’Higgins’

Ken O’Leary, former deputy secretary general at the Department of Justice and Equality has given evidence at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Charleton tribunal: Frances Fitzgerald due to give evidence on Wednesday

Claire Loftus, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Prejudice and representation remain issues for women in the legal and justice sector

 Maurice McCabe: An internal Garda report  stated the fact that he  had started  gathering, ‘what he perceived to be, evidence of other peoples’ culpability, would tend to indicate a level of paranoia on his part’. Photograph: Collins

McCabe statement in 2010 said ‘scurrilous’ sex abuse allegation had ruined his life

Incorrect allegation against Sgt Maurice McCabe  caused an enormous political row in 2016. Photograph: Collins

Colm Smyth, who represented senior gardaÍ, says error ‘not a mistake of counsel’

Colm Smyth  SC at the Charleton tribunal: “I have suffered personally.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: Charleton hears former Garda chief met lawyers only after O’Higgins hearings began

Disclosures Tribunal: Colm Smyth SC, who led former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s legal team at the O’Higgins commission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Colm Smyth SC apologises for becoming emotional as Charleton witness

Internal Garda document raises ‘whole series of new questions’ about how former commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan dealt with Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe at the O’Higgins Commission, according to Michael McDowell SC. Photograph: Collins.

Lawyer for Garda whistleblower tells tribunal document is very damaging to his client

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

The tribunal  heard the solicitor for  former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan had been  desperately seeking a consultation with her client  over the weekend of May 15th to 17th, 2015, but was told she was too busy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nóirín O’Sullivan has finished her evidence to the Charleton Tribunal after three days

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan declined to accept suggestions that her legal team at the O’Higgins commission had misunderstood her instructions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Former Garda chief says she faced ‘almost impossible dilemma’ on strategy

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

Nóirín O’Sullivan at Dublin Castle on Monday. The Charleton tribunal  is investigating whether her legal team at the O’Higgins commission used a false sex abuse allegation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Garda commissioner felt she was faced with terrible dilemma at O’Higgins commission

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

Maurice McCabe ‘performed a genuine public service at considerable personal cost’, commission found

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe arriving on the first day of the Charleton tribunal at Dublin Castle last June. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Garda whistleblower made allegations that ‘couldn’t be more grave’, Charleton tribunal told

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

Chief Supt Fergus Healy at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Chief Superintendent Fergus Healy continuing to give evidence to Charleton Tribunal

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

Tribunal to investigate whether other ‘unjustified grounds’ were used to discredit him

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe made multiple serious allegations against colleagues, the Disclosures Tribunal has been told.  Photograph: Collins

Solicitor for Chief State Solicitor says the allegations ‘crumbled’ due to lack of evidence

Maurice McCabe and  his wife Lorraine at the Disclosures Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

Barrister had decided sergeant was motivated to denigrate Garda officers, tribunal hears

Maurice Mc Cabe and his wife Lorraine arriving at the Charleton Tribunal last week. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Issue of McCabe’s motivation sparked row at O’Higgins commission

The Charleton tribunal heard that Sgt McCabe was annoyed that after the 2007 decision by the DPP that charges should not be brought concerning the sex assault allegation, the comprehensive nature of the rejection was not released to the young woman’s family. Photograph: Alan Betson

Whistleblower annoyed about decision not to brief family on DPP’s decision not to press charges in sexual assault inquiry

The Charleton tribunal is investigating whether false allegations of sexual abuse or any other unjustified grounds were inappropriately relied upon by then Garda commissioner Nóirín Ó’Sullivan at the O’Higgins commission inquiries in order to discredit Sgt Maurice McCabe.

Charleton tribunal hears of first consultation with Garda HQ lawyers at O’Higgins inquiry

Former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald and former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda commissioner also suggested tánaiste might say she had disclosed it ‘in national interest’

Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke

Charleton tribunal told of previously unknown contact between former tánaiste and Garda chief

Former Department of Justice secretary general Noel Waters at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Noel Waters and ex-garda chief both have no recollection of 14 minute call, tribunal told

Former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald: the  Charleton Tribunal was told on Friday  new emails to Ms Fitzgerald  directly concerned with its  inquiries have emerged. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Charleton hears new emails to Fitzgerald concerned with tribunal’s inquiries have emerged

Paul Howard, who has been the subject of a number of negative findings by the Residential Tenancies Board. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Paul Howard has been the subject of several negative Residential Tenancies Board rulings

 Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm pictured leaving court   with his solicitor Michael Staines. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ex-Anglo chief denies conspiracy to defraud and false accounting

Former tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was forced to resign amid questions about whether she knew about the aggressive strategy employed by Garda lawyers against Sgt McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charleton tribunal revelations cast light on Frances Fitzgerald’s resignation

Former Garda commissioners and Martin Callinan (centre) and Noirin O’ Sullivan pictured in 2013. File photograph: Collins

Charleton Tribunal told of steps taken by legal team for former Garda commissioner

Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe  on the first day of the Charleton tribunal at Dublin Castle in June 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

As the Charleton tribunal begins, Colm Keena recaps on extraordinary events

Funeral of Donal Barrington pictured at St. Patrick’s Church, Monkstown Co Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Former Supreme Court judge stood for a pluralist and tolerant Ireland, son tells mass

Convicted murderer Graham Dwyer is disputing the legality of the use of mobile phone records during the trial that saw him being convicted of the 2013 murder of Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Collins Courts

David Drumm and Michael Lowry are expected to be tried in the coming year

Abolition of fee welcomed by FLAC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fee of €150 ‘a significant challenge’ for people on low incomes and migrants, says FLAC

  Vincent McGrath,   former MEP Patricia McKenna,  Annette Woolley,  Frank Donaghy and Solidarity TD Paul Murphy at a press conference ahead of the first trial of seven defendants   who were found not guilty    of the false imprisonment of former Labour leader Joan Burton  and her assistant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

High-profile criminal action raised questions on role of social media and Garda response

Leslie Buckley says Mizak recommended the appointment of a “specialist IT company” for the “cost reduction exercise”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Watchdog wants to know who authorised access to the publisher’s internal IT systems

Independent News & Media chairman Leslie Buckley: The case before the High Court is between the ODCE and Mr Buckley and does not involve INM. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leslie Buckley asked to explain who gave UK company access to publisher’s IT system

David Harrison is  chief executive of Dermot Desmond’s e-learning company, Intuition Publishing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

David Harrison informed company of departure on Friday

Court records show Paul Howard and Una McClean have initiated a number of High Court proceedings in recent years as lay litigants, including a case against Ulster Bank and a case against two solicitors

Tenants alleged landlords sought rent increase of over twice the permissible 4%

Amnesty International’s chief executive, Colm O’Gorman. Photograph: Alan Betson

Open Society calls on Sipo to correct statement over money given for repeal campaign

Graduation ceremony: Universities run public tender competitions to choose an acedemic  gown supplier,  the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission said, but a small number of companies are frequently appointed by colleges for repeat, long-running contracts

Several companies supplying gowns and photography services run by same owner

INM chairman Leslie Buckley, who is claiming legal privilege to prevent the ODCE from accessing 11 documents, 10 of which are communications with Derek Mizak. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Security consultants figure in documents being sought from INM chairman Leslie Buckley

Frances Fitzgerald  with former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Two will appear at public hearings of Charleton Tribunal into Garda whistleblower

Leslie Buckley, chairman aof Independent News & Media. Photogra

Buckley’s stance is over dealings with cyber security specialist as Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement looks at ‘data(...)

Emily Logan,  chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission:  the commission will discuss concerns among civil society groups about Ireland’s electoral funding laws.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Amnesty Ireland should not have to return funds from George Soros, says Emily Logan

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the Charleton Tribunal at Dublin Castle. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Michael Collins to examine why 2015 emails not sent to Charleton tribunal until November 2017

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

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