Noeline Blackwell: ‘It should not be the case that a man can ‘walk out of court’ with his honest but unreasonable belief’  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Group responds to Law Reform Commission paper on consent

The new law would address cases where a man had an honest but unreasonable belief that a woman had consented to sexual intercourse

Proposed law would deal with cases where a man wrongfully believed consent was given

In the Republic, an honest although unreasonable belief that a woman consented, is a defence against rape.

Paper considers validity of criminal punishment where partner’s consent may be questionable

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly: case was referred over her  fears changes to the rule of law in Poland might affect Artur Celmer’s right to a fair trial. Photograph: Alan Betson

Warsaw government claims CJEU ruling a ‘defeat’ for High Court rule of law concerns

Ms Justice Donnelly earlier this year referred aspects of an extradition case involving  a Polish national  to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Photograph: Alan Betson

High Court will now have to decide if alleged drug dealer can get fair trial in Poland

Prof Ian Frazer said cervical cancer can be eradicated by public health programmes similar to the one against polio.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Prof Ian Frazer visits Dublin to speak about the success of the HPV vaccine

Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry: “If that comes out I’m f**king ruined. I’m bankrupt.” Photograph: Collins Courts

Tipperary TD’s filings to Revenue in 2007 facilitated declaration of untaxed £248,624

Independent TD Michael Lowry. Photograph: Collins Courts

What was he convicted of this week? Why was he described as ‘conscientious taxpayer’?

In his report, Mr Justice Peter Charleton will rule on evidence that has been heard as to whether then Garda commissioner Martin Callinan smeared Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Multiple claims made on basis of evidence tribunal has shown to be questionable

Martin Callinan has disputed the versions of separate conversations he had in December 2103 and January 2014 with a number of individuals who have given evidence to the tribunal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tribunal has last sitting after over 100 days investigating alleged McCabe smear campaign

Former Garda commissioner of the Garda Siochana Martin Callinan at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle in May. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Closing submissions at tribunal examining alleged smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with Chris Patten in Iveagh House Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Former Tory minister says ‘nationalist rage’ is getting UK in ‘terrible mess’

TD found guilty of tax offences is fined and banned from acting as company director

The Moriarty tribunal investigated Michael Lowry’s role in the winning by businessman Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone of the competition for the State’s first privately-held mobile phone licence. Photograph: Collins Courts

Moriarty tribunal never learned of £248,624 payment to Lowry’s refrigeration company

The Bar Council and  Law Society  claim developing greater expertise among Irish lawyers and judges may enhance Ireland’s foreign direct investment offering. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Bar Council and Law Society report urges set of actions to capitalise on UK’s exit from EU

Asked if he was saying former Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris was confused or  lying, Irish Independent editor Fionnán Sheahan said: “I don’t know. You’ll have to ask her that.”

Fionnán Sheahan’s conflict of evidence with Anne Harris is fourth among journalists to come before tribunal

Sgt Maurice McCabe: says he has ‘faithfully reported to the tribunal’ what he was told by the civilian head of human resources at Garda Headquarters. Photograph: Collins

Charleton tribunal: RTÉ journalist says reports were based on O’Higgins findings

RTÉ crime correspondent Paul Reynolds is pictured at Dublin Castle where he was giving evidence to the Charleton Tribunal.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

RTÉ crime correspondent tells Charleton Tribunal he has duty to report ‘it as it is’

RTÉ crime correspondent Paul Reynolds has disputed evidence given by journalist and retired academic Colum Kenny about Sgt Maurice McCabe.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Paul Reynolds also disputes telling a retired academic Sgt McCabe was a suspected abuser

Paul Williams said he was never negatively briefed about Sgt Maurice McCabe by Supt Dave Taylor or by former commissioners Martin Callinan or Nóirín O’Sullivan. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Crime journalist says he was ‘eviscerated’ on social media and by colleagues over the issue

 ‘Irish Examiner’ journalists (left to right) Daniel McConnell, Cormac O’Keefe and Juno McEnroe arriving at the Charleton tribunal at Dublin Castle  on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Juno McEnroe is the latest journalist to contradict evidence by Supt Dave Taylor

John Mooney of the Sunday Times arrives for  the Charleton tribunal in  Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

John Mooney does not believe Garda chiefs would have tried passing confidential material to him

Pete Taylor said he is “utterly heartbroken” that his friend Bobby Messett was killed. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Words will never explain my excruciating anguish and devastation at the horrific, senseless attack at Bray Boxing Club’

Debbie McCann, crime correspondent with the Irish Mail on Sunday, arriving at Dublin Castle for  the Charleton tribunal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Chair of inquiry into alleged smear campaign says people’s reliance on privilege a ‘smokescreen’

Conor Lally is one of 11 journalists named by Supt Dave Taylor as journalists to whom he spoke as part of an alleged smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Crime and security editor of The Irish Times Conor Lally insists negative briefing ‘never happened’

Conor Lally arriving at the  Disclosures Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Times journalist Conor Lally ‘extremely surprised’ to learn Supt Dave Taylor had given his name as someone who was briefed

Conor O’Donnell arrives at the Charleton Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Conor O’Donnell says he authorised crime correspondent to try to interview Ms D

Mick Clifford, special correspondent with the  Irish Examiner, at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Journalist says inquiry unlikely to have began if Supt Taylor did not encounter difficulties

Colum Kenny arriving at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin, on Friday. “It didn’t have to end up here with 50 lawyers in a hall. It could have been nipped in the bud,” he said. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Sources should not be protected in every instance, says journalist and academic

RTÉ broadcaster Philip Boucher Hayes arriving at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Philip Boucher Hayes tells tribunal ‘pure gut instinct’ made him believe whistleblower was innocent

Journalist Alison O’Reilly arriving at the Charleton Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Alison O’Reilly says colleague told her Nóirín O’Sullivan passed on information about whistleblower McCabe

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has championed the Judicial Appointments Bill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Paul McGarry says Ross’s Judicial Appointments Bill is problematic for many reasons

Journalist Alison O’Reilly arriving at the Disclosures Tribunal. Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Charleton tribunal investigating alleged smear campaign against Garda whistleblower

Sgt Maurice McCabe with his wife, Lorraine at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Charleton Tribunal investigating alleged smear campaign against Sgt McCabe

Former Sunday Independent editor  Anne Harris outside the Charleton Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Former ‘Sunday Independent’ editor says McCabe called a paedophile at INM meeting

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told the Charleton Tribunal the controversy surrounding allegations of smears against Sgt Maurice McCabe continued up to October 2017, when, for the wellbeing of her family and herself, and An Garda Síochána, she retired. Photograph: Tom Honan

Former Garda commissioner tells Charleton withdrawal of allegations ‘no comfort’

Mary Aiken: “I get very worried when I see convictions based on cell tower pings.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lawyers highlight potential for ‘cyber staging’ evidence and social media problems

Chairman of Newsbrands Ireland Vincent Crowley said Facebook and Google need to be treated appropriately, as newspapers would be in a similar situation. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Defamation conference hears companies should take responsibility for content

Charleton tribunal: the former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Charleton tribunal: Ex-Garda chief says he thought press officer would be good choice

Former Garda commissioner  Martin Callinan is giving evidence to the  Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle on Monday.  Photograph: Collins

Ex-Garda commissioner says John Deasy, Seamus McCarthy and John McGuinness are wrong

Garda preserve the scene on  the R760, Enniskerry in Co Wicklow on Sunday. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Woman contacted Gardaí after witnessing incident on road near Enniskerry

Former commissioner of the Garda Síochána Martin Callinan at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Martin Callinan to be quizzed over alleged attempts to blacken Maurice McCabe’s name

Ana Kriegel. Photograph: RIP.ie

Personal effects, including clothing, obtained from teenage boys for scientific analysis

The scene at Cherrywood. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Driver of black Nissan Qashqai was being sought in connection with disappearance of Jastine Valdez (24) in Enniskerry

Ana Kriegel. Photograph: RIP.ie

Boy tells gardaí he was beaten up by two men after leaving the schoolgirl

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan arrives in Dublin Castle on Friday to give evidence to the Charleton tribunal. Photograph: Collins

Philip Boucher Hayes told tribunal Martin Callinan said McCabe had ‘psychiatric issues’

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan who is giving evidence to the Charleton tribunal on Friday.   Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Martin Callinan rejects claim he ordered smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe

Supt Dave Taylor said in his protected disclosure that he was ordered by  Callinan to conduct the smear campaign and that  O’Sullivan was aware of it. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tribunal hears Supt Dave Taylor ‘hawked around lies to politicians and journalists’

Former Garda Press Officer David Taylor arrives at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Supt David Taylor tells Charleton tribunal he never branded ex-commissioner ‘a liar’

Supt Dave Taylor (left) arriving at the Charleton Tribunal  at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ex-Garda press chief tells tribunal some of McCabe’s account of 2016 meeting incorrect

Supt Dave Taylor is giving evidence to the Charleton tribunal  at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

McGuinness, Clifford and McCabe say Taylor told them he sent texts in smear campaign

“Smear campaign”: Sgt Maurice McCaber leaves the Disclosures Tribunal on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Garda press chief says he and Martin Callinan decided which reporters to contact

Disclosures Tribunal: Supt Dave Taylor at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Supt Dave Taylor texted Martin Callinan after resignation to say he was inspirational

The former head of the Garda Press Office  David Taylor (right), pictured in 2013 with then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and minister for justice at the time Alan Shatter. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Supt Dave Taylor is giving evidence for the first time to the Disclosures Tribunal

 The tribunal was told  of “derogatory remarks” about former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan contained in the text messages of Supt David Taylor. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Tribunal hears former press officer had 11,000 contacts with journalists in four months

A protected disclosure former head of the Garda Press Office Dave Taylor has made alleges he was ordered by former commissioners Martin Callinan and/or Noirin O’Sullivan to conduct a smear campaign against Sgnt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Charleton Tribunal hears Garda was allegedly ordered to conduct smear campaign

The Garda officer who conducted a criminal investigation into Dave Taylor is scheduled to give evidence to the Charleton tribunal this week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Frank Clerkin led inquiry into Dave Taylor at the time of his Maurice McCabe smear claims

An image of Ann Lovett. Photograph: The Irish Times

Emily O’Reilly says ‘Irish Times’ interview ‘changed the narrative’ on teenager’s death

Michael Barbosa, who has been living at 38 Summerhill Parade. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Some 40 people, paying €300 each per month, asked to leave for fire safety reasons

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

None of three mobile phones sought from former head of Garda Press Office recovered

A section of law under which 93 people are detained, including 15 in the Central Mental Hospital (above), has been declared unconstitutional Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Court rules law used to detain people unconstitutional

In an affidavit grounding the application seeking the appointment of inspectors, Director of Corporate Enforcement Ian Drennan set out a a range of matters most of which have to do with the relationship between INM and Denis O’Brien.

Affidavits from INM and watchdog set stage for hearing over inspectors

The idea of suspending for a period a decision that one of our laws is unconstitutional is an innovation introduced by the Supreme Court last year, when it ruled on a case involving the right of asylum seekers to take up employment. File photograph: Getty Images

Court of Appeal judge says was necessary to suspend decision due to serious implications

Supt John Ferris, head of the Garda Corporate Communications Office, said he was never told about any instructions to conduct a smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe (pictured). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Charleton tribunal begins new module on claim whistleblower was smeared by senior gardaí

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: if the referendum is passed,  legislation could be enacted by the end of the year.

Unclear how long it will take for new law to be passed if Eighth Amendment is repealed

Former INM chairman Leslie Buckley: INM director Dr Len O’Hagan said the board had relied on the account given to it by Mr Buckley as to what had happened in relation to back-up tapes from its computer system in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company prepared to ‘protect INM’s interests’ and ‘obtain redress’

Director of Corporate Enforcement Ian Drennan is seeking the appointment of High Court inspectors to INM. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Director of Corporate Enforcement’s concern is ‘misguided’, media group says

The Director of Corporate Enforcement is seeking to have High Court inspectors appointed to INM to investigate several matters associated with the media group. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Move in preparation for data protection laws due to be introduced, says company director

European Court of Justice ruling: Ireland could refuse to help Greece as Athens had failed to notify Éamonn Donnellan of the fine it had imposed. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Greece asked Ireland to recover penalty from trucker wrongly convicted of smuggling

Rachel Barry who was repeatedly raped by Keith Burke, who spoke publicly for the first time to RTÉ Investigates, waiving her right to anonimity. Image: RTÉ

Analysis: Law and policy are both clear that children must be removed in such situations

If INM fails in its judicial review case, the application for the appointment of inspectors to the media group will then be heard.

Progress of application for appointment of inspectors hinges on judicial review case

INM’s largest shareholder Denis O’Brien and former company chairman Leslie Buckley. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ex-chief objected to suggestion the group should aim to maximise businessman’s profit

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said “immense” legislative changes to Poland’s judicial system under the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party called into question the rule of law and judicial independence in Poland, and thus the mutual trust underpinning the EAW system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly query around rule of law in Poland gets ‘expedited’ status

INM chief executive Robert Pitt  and chairman Leslie Buckley at the  group’s AGM in Dublin in 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson

Affidavit filed to High Court expresses concern about proposal in 2016 described by INM as 'crazy'

Businessman and INM shareholder  Denis O’Brien and  former INM chairman Leslie Buckley. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Affidavit shows texts between former chairman Leslie Buckley and Denis O’Brien

Responding to the controversy in INM, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says the protection of journalists’ sources needs legal protection. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

New governance code due as Fianna Fáil leader calls for protection of media sources

A Russian flag featuring Vladimir Putin  at the central Manezhnaya Square just outside the Kremlin in Moscow in 2012. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

The scheming, started in 2007, involved investment funds, gangs and Russian officials

According to the Paradise Papers, Barclays decided in 2015 to cease providing services to Blaydon Ltd, the Isle of Man company used by Denis O’Brien (above) to make a payment linked to the apparent data breach at INM. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Single issued share in Blaydon Ltd was held in trust for businessman, leaked files stated

Former INM chairman Leslie Buckley: Said he will “robustly defend” himself against all allegations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Director of Corporate Enforcement seeking appointment of High Court inspectors to INM

Photograph: iStock

Law Society says research needed on why female solicitors opt for corporate jobs

INM affidavit: the Director of Corporate Enforcement refers to a potential lack of appreciation of allegations made by the media group’s former chief executive Robert Pitt (above left, passing former chairman Leslie Buckley at the INM agm in August 2017). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ian Drennan suggests ‘deficiencies in governance and oversight’ at media group

Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Helen Dixon has expressed plans to investigate INM over suspected data breach

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness takes the stand at the Charleton Tribunal on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

McGuinness: Ex-Garda chief Martin Callinan told him McCabe not to be trusted

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is the first senior political figure to comment on the issues around the data breach and other controversies at Independent News and Media.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

FF chief's ‘profound’ concerns ‘in terms of our democracy’ about issues at INM

Businessman Denis O’Brien. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Businessman exchanged text messages with Leslie Buckley on the issue, document shows

Leslie Buckley, ex-chairman of INM, at the media group’s annual meeting in Dublin last August. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leslie Buckley says he is ‘appalled’ at sharing of affidavit and is co-operating with ODCE

Businessman Denis O’Brien. “Is against me in a case Declan Ganley and Comcast are taking re mob licence,” Mr O’Brien texted to Leslie Buckley, according to the watchdog’s affidavit.

O’Brien texted ‘avoid if possible’ over lawyer’s appointment to review, affidavit states

 Denis O’Brien: It seems likely that the reputational damage that O’Brien was complaining about in 2015, and its effect on his capacity to do business, is not going to go away any time soon. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Alleged data breach the latest twist in businessman's involvement with INM

Businessman Denis O’Brien. His apparent involvement in a matter which directly concerned him in INM is one of the issues raised by the Director of Corporate Enforcement. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Media group’s then chair consulted businessman over appointment, affidavit says

It has been known for some time that data from the newspaper group was given by its then chairman, Leslie Buckley, to a company in Wales. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company could face legal action from those affected by claim investigated by watchdog

Irish Independent House on Dublin’s Talbot Street

Data Protection Commissioner to conduct investigation

INM papers on display in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A guide to the alleged data breach in 2014 at Ireland’s largest newspaper publisher

Independent journalist Brendan O’Connor, who is also an RTÉ presenter.

Journalists and SC among people on list of 19

In his Supreme Court judgment, Mr Justice Peter Charleton said the “border between rape and sexual intercourse is consent”. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Supreme Court ruling in 2016 considered ‘mental element’ of rape

Russian president Vladimir Putin “has become the richest man in the world and has committed many heinous crimes in Russia to get that money,” said UK-based financier Bill Browder. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin

Putin will have people killed until he faces ‘devastating’ consequences, says financier

Money from one of the most high-profile Russian corruption cases in the past decade may have passed through bank accounts with AIB and Bank of Ireland.

Over €2m from a high-profile fraud case allegedly passed through Irish accounts

Cleared of rape: Paddy Jackson, whose fame guaranteed huge attention for the trial. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Analysis: Naming the defendants makes UK cases harder for both sides

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin. One of the major Russian operations based in Ireland is Rosneft International Finance, a subsidiary of Rosneft, which is the subject of EU and US sanctions. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters

Companies include several close to Kremlin and Russian president Vladimir Putin

Ardeen, 11 Palmerston Park, Rathmines: acquired from the wife of former AIB banker Thomas Hopkins in 2014 by the then 25-year-old son of William and Sheila Moran, who ran Morans on the Weir, Kilcolgan, Co Galway

Senior banker who lost fortune in crash gave €2.4m house to wife, who sold it to student whose family owed AIB €20m

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