US senators Charles Grassley and Marco Rubio have written to the US department of health last month expressing concern about genomic data being collected by companies in the US with links to China. File photograph: Getty

Fears mount Beijing could use DNA data for biological weapons via genetic mapping

US senators Marco Rubio, above, and  Charles Grassley, in a letter to the US department of health and human sciences last month, said the FBI ‘has identified national security risks related to sharing genomic data and recognises China as a primary source of those risks’. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

DNA data could be used by Chinese to devise biological weapons, say senators

A cervical cancer cell

HSE says it became aware of an IT issue at US laboratory analysing tests in February

Simon Harris described the situation as one of ‘great frustration, annoyance and worry’ for women. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

GPs to receive test results from today following IT glitch as HSE directly contacts ‘small number’ of 800 women

ESB Networks said the company had an appreciation of staff coming forward with their concerns.

Semi-State says claim represents ‘fundamental misinterpretation’ of clause

The judge dismissed five fraudulent damages claims for up to €300,000. Photograph: Stock image

‘Some solicitors should be more selective about who they take on,’ says Judge Jacqueline Linnane

Louise O’Keeffe pictured after a Supreme Court hearing in 2009. Photo Garrett White / Collins Court

State is ‘splitting hairs’ in treatment of people sexually abused in day schools says academic

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said legal costs and claims are going down yet insurance premiums are going up.

Doherty says claim that Ireland has ‘massive compo culture’ is simply not true

Total awards made in the High Court in 2018 were €57.5 million, down from €85.3 million the previous year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Effect of Court of Appeal rulings is not being seen at Circuit Court and District Court levels

In the event of disputes, families should ‘avoid court at all costs’. Photograph: iStock

Probate Bar Association was launched last week

There is automatic recognition, in almost all cases, in Ireland, of foreign divorces covered by an EU regulation called the Brussels II bis, but this would cease after Brexit.

Bar Council advises department of need for legislation to avoid ‘limping marriages’

DNA sequence. Photograph: iStock

Access to data will initially be given to pharma firms only for first ‘year or two’

The Four Courts in Dublin. The judicial council, once established, will set up a judicial conduct committee which will comprise eight judges and five lay people.

Guidelines could take up to three years to be produced, Fianna Fáil says

The arrest was  linked to investigations by personnel attached to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Suspect in 50s released without charge following questioning over alleged wrong-doing

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the Premier League. The league has become increasingly concerned at the rise in the number of people in Ireland using free or cheaper illegal web-based sports TV services. File photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Organisation lodges proceedings against broadband providers in Ireland

Matt Frei, Europe editor with Channel 4, speaking at the Ictu biennial congress in  Dublin. Photograph: Kevin Cooper Photoline

Matt Frei of Channel 4 says people more concerned about purity of their Brexit position than any benefits from leaving the EU

 Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy: it is galling “to see Larry Goodman make such huge profits . . . with an intricate web of transactions designed to avoid tax”. Photograph: Laura Hutton

IFA president says businessman ‘making millions on the backs of beef farmers’

Larry Goodman’s APB Food Group appears to be making increasing use of Luxembourg. File photograph: Alan Betson

Two of businessman’s companies with more than €700m in assets change residency

Larry Goodman’s Goodman Group is one of the most successful family-owned businesses in Ireland but it does not publish accounts that show its overall profit. File photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Group’s ABP business will be hugely affected by the Mercosur trade deal

The Four Courts. A history of Anthony McGann’s dealings with the bank were disclosed in an affidavit from the KBC Bank.

KBC Bank took possession of property on foot of court order last December

A burnt out vans  in the yard of the house which was the scene of an eviction in Strokestown, Co Roscommon last December. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Co Roscommon farm was scene of violence against security guards last December

Blackrock Clinic: battle over control of the clinic has taken yet another turn

Court hears that Liechtenstein foundation controls Goodman interest

Legislation allowing people access to medical cannabis on a limited basis over the next five years has been signed into law by Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Doctors may prescribe drug to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy

Minister for Health  Simon Harris said he hoped the dispute would be referred to the Labour Court today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Harris says decision to strike on Wednesday before Labour Court talks is ‘extraordinary’

Siptu’s health division organiser Paul Bell attending talks in the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Planned strike by 10,000 support staff to have significant impact on services, says HSE

Rossa Fanning, senior counsel for Facebook, leaving Dublin’s Central Criminal Court during a break in Thursday’s contempt hearing. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Company gave Courts Service a dedicated email channel to raise matters of concern

Social media companies have been removing images that purport to identify the boys convicted of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriégel from their platforms.

Court hears another boy was wrongly identified as being one of the 14-year-olds

The news that the jury had reached a verdict came just a few minutes after 2pm. File photograph: Collins Courts

The Kriégels, looking exhausted, thanked members of the prosecution as they filed out of court

If a life sentence is given to a child, they serve their detention period in Oberstown detention centre (pictured) until they are past the age of 18, after which they are moved to an adult prison. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Life sentences currently average around 18 years, with children detained in Oberstown

A receptionist has been awarded €51,168 by the Labour Court. Photograph: iStock

Woman was offered ‘less favourable’ position when she returned to work after having baby

Oberstown children’s detention centre. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

‘If gardaí tried to take my phone now, I’d ask do they have a valid reason,’ says one

Aerial view of the Drumcondra portfolio.

Dublin site of 19 acres could include 1,200 apartments

Aerial view of the Drumcondra portfolio.

Religious congregations’ properties often located on land ripe for development

Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance Michael D’Arcy said it was the Government’s position that the “recalibration” of awards downwards would involve a number of factors. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael D’Arcy hopeful Bill establishing judicial council will become law by summer

Each injury type is given a price guide for compensation for associated pain and suffering in the Book of Quantum. Photograph: iStock

Government has focused on reducing overly generous court payouts for injury claims

Sir John Gillen recommended the continuance of the practice in Northern Ireland to identify those who are accused of rape, once they have been charged. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Law Reform Commission review will be similar to survey in North after Belfast rape trial

A person facing deportation can seek a judicial review of the order and also make an application for it to be revoked. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys says orders for deportation lead to appeals ‘ad nauseam’

Fees sought by the barristers who represented the Christian Brothers at the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse have been substantially reduced

Maxwells sought bill of €1.8m after initial payment of €2.2m for its work in 2005

In 2015, Mr Justice Michael Hanna awarded €40,000 to a woman who, in November 2011, received a “nasty injury” when she lost her balance and fell on an escalator at Dublin Airport. The claim was dismissed on appeal, and the award overturned

Government is hoping key rulings on settlements will alleviate the insurance crisis

Ian Bailey in Schull market. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

UL lecturer Dr Andrea Ryan believes matter likely to end up before Supreme Court again

While a European Arrest Warrant could be issued for Ian Bailey’s arrest, the Supreme Court has already ruled he cannot be extradited.

Supreme Court ruling of 2012 unchanged by Paris legal ruling, says extradition law expert

Sean Quinn said he had “huge anger” and still did against his senior executives and legal advisers when he found out, in March 2010, that assets owned by his insurance group had been used to support loans totalling €1.2 billion for other parts of his business empire. Photograph: Collins

Businessman tells inquiry he only learned of guarantees in March 2010

Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State in the Department of Finance,  has spoken of taking on the judges, the legal profession and the insurance companies in his effort to address increasing insurance premiums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former attorney general John Rogers made comments at barristers’ conference

Leona O’Callaghan addresses the Bar Council conference Laws and Effects. Photograph: The Bar of Ireland/Twitter

Leona O’Callaghan urges changes to cross-examination in cases of sexual violence

 Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary,   lodged papers supporting his appeal on May 16th, a spokesman for the Courts Service has confirmed. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Quirke (50) was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for murder of alleged love rival

Former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, who is promoting a Rivada Networks plan for the US telecoms sector. Photograph: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove promoting Rivada Networks plan

Harry Zeman leaving court on Monday. Photograph: Colm Keena

Hearing likely to take up to five days and the Swedish man, Harry Zeman, is on legal aid

Word Perfect Translation Services has taken at least five sets of legal proceedings over recent years, most of them against the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, but also against An Garda Síochána. Photograph: iStock

Dublin group involved in expensive litigation with the State over tendering processes

 Eric Trump, the son of US president Donald Trump, arrived in Shannon on Saturday to visit the family’s hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg. Photograph: Press 22

Tánaiste says there was ‘certainly no row over Doonbeg versus other locations’

Simon Coveney: Ireland has to keep planning for the possibility that the UK will crash out of the European Union. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Irish political parties work together while UK parties are ‘unable to agree on anything’

Ball and socket elements of a contentious replacement hip device. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hundreds of field-safety corrective action notices issued each year over faulty devices

A burned out vehicle outside the house at Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Gang removed security men who had occupied house after residents were evicted

Referendum Commission chair Ms Justice Tara Burns speaking to students at the Dublin Adult Learning Centre in  Mountjoy Square on Tuesday.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland.

Referendum Commission chair told voters expect polls to be rerun until desired result comes

Since the Brexit vote, 2,722 English and Welsh solicitors have register the Law Society. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than €800,000 spent on getting names on Irish roll may have been in vain

Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring (right) with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and  Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe at at Sean Foster Place, North King Street, Dublin 7 for the sod turning ceremony on  a housing project. Photograph: Alan Betson

Court records show Nial Ring has been defendant in 16 sets of High Court proceedings since 2004

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he wished that people would read his judgment before commenting on it. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge criticises ‘hysterical’ commentary on ruling in media

 Mr Justice Kevin Cross gave lengthy consideration to the principals that should apply when deciding whether the inaccurate reading of slides in a screening programme constituted negligence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Justice Cross said some commentary on the Morrissey case was ill informed and ‘hysterical’

If local Civil Defence units were not providing the service, festival organisers would have to get  medical services from private contractors, which could cost  up to €4,000 for a 10-hour day. Photograph: iStock

Application for licence delayed as Department of Defence advised of liabilities involved

The Puck Fair is one of 600 festivals that could be under threat if the Civil Defence fails to renew its licence.

Department of Defence advised over liabilities in relation to licence

The mortuary at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Department of Justice said move taken in light of concerns expressed by consultant pathologists

Representatives from Rehab met  Minster for Health Simon Harris on Tuesday afternoon. File photograph: Dara McDonaill/The Irish Times

Representatives of healthcare charity seeking extra €2m from Minister for Health

Ruth Morrissey and husband Paul speaking outside Dublin’s High Court after winning her court case over misreadings of her cervical smear tests. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Cian O’Carroll insists judgment simply adopts what has been law in UK since 1999

Mr Justice Clarke said the former hotel in Temple Bar where Dublin family law disputes are mostly heard, is ‘wholly unsuitable’. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

New buildings needed as Four Courts is ‘beyond breaking point’ says Frank Clarke

 Ruth Morrissey and her husband, Paul,  outside the High Court after winning her court case over misreadings of her cervical smear tests.  Photograph: Michelle Devane/ PA Wire

Court threshold could be applied in dozens of cases of alleged misreading of smear tests

Ruth Morrissey outside the Four Courts: this  is the first CervicalCheck case in which a court has heard the evidence and delivered a ruling. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Morrissey decision sets legal precedent for negligence in screening programmes

 Patrick Quirke who was convicted of  the murder of Bobby Ryan.  Photograph: Collins

Appeal is likely to focus on decisions made by judge in response to legal arguments

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul outside the Four Courts on Friday at the conclusion of her case. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The  Irish Times

‘An Taoiseach told us none of us would have to go through this but unfortunately I’m the one who had to’

 Patrick Quirke and his wife Imelda  arriving at the Courts of Criminal Justice  where he was convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Prior to the jury’s decision being announced, the Ryan family members clutched hands, white knuckles revealing what they were goin(...)

Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, pictured leaving court on Monday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Longest murder trial in history of the State ends as jury delivers majority verdict of 10 to two

Former Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe and his family have settled  11 High Court cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Settlement includes dropping of proceedings against former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

The Court of Appeal, in a three-judge decision written by Ms Justice Máire Whelan, pictured, upheld the decision  that the teenager should remain in special care.

Teenager was subject of care order in 2012 following violent attack on her mother

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: The issue is challenging but important to the placing of human rights at the core of the work of An Garda Síochána. Photograph: James Forde

Details of updated laws to be outlined to Government this year, says Minister

The mortuary at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Mortuary facilities in most State hospitals improved by recent capital investment

The wait for a criminal trail in the Dublin Circuit court is approximately one and a half years, a delay in part due to a number of exceptionally long trials.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Claire Loftus says pre-trial process would benefit juries, victims and witnesses

‘There is a claims culture. It’s all stacked against the insured, against the retailer.’

As personal injury claims add up, insurance costs are putting retailers out of business

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Policing Authority chair Josephine Feehily at a press conference following a meeting at Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Josephine Feehily said gardaí going to ethical behaviour courses then not signing code

Julian Assange’s UK lawyer Jennifer Robinson and WikiLeaks editor in chief Kristinn Hrafnsson  talk to the media outside the Westminster Magistrates Court after   Assange was arrested in London. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

WikiLeaks founder’s arrest does not raise press freedom issues, says US lawyer

Garda whistleblower Nick Keogh made a number of allegations in a protected disclosure in 2014 including claiming that gardaí were inflating crime statistics by inducing people to buy drugs from dealers and then selling them to undercover officers, who seized the contraband and reported a detected crime. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Tribunal to instead examine if gardaí were discredited after making protected disclosures

Pockets of the Garda have demonstrated a real appetite for change, with significant levels of personal commitment and drive

Key points made in appraisal of implementation of AGS’s modernisation programme, Changing Policing in Ireland

 Guy Verhofstadt: not in favour of the withdrawal negotiations persisting. Photograph: EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Solution to the Brexit problem would probably involve a deal on a customs union

 Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Dr Niall Muldoon says structures in place for vulnerable children need to be addressed

Niall Cussen is the State’s first planning regulator. People who do not co-operate with his office will be guilty of a criminal offence. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Planning Institute forum hears new watchdog’s intentions to tighten process

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: “we also have to make sure that people aren’t using the planning system to try and stop new homes being built where they are needed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘I think people who are fortunate to live in a home and own a home should recognise that other people want to have that comfort’

Seán Quinn’s daughters, Aoife,  Brenda, Colette and Ciara,  outside the High Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Seán Quinn’s children potentially remain on the hook for €88m each despite IBRC settlement

Leitrim is probably the best place in Ireland for growing Sitka Spruce, Ciarán Fallon, director of external affairs with Coillte told the annual conference of the Irish Planning Institute, in Carrick-on-Shannon.

People from Sweden are ‘astonished by our yield figures’, Irish Planning Institute told

The Strategic Housing Developments Scheme  provides a special fast-track process for developments of more than 100 housing units, or student accommodation schemes involving more than 200 bed spaces. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

Scheme for large developments spreading to outside Dublin, planning conference told

The Kutuzoff tower in Moscow was part of the Quinn family’s international portfolio.

Family sought ‘substantial sum’ to desist from frustrating IBRC’s bid to assert control

Seán Quinn’s daughters, Aoife, Brenda, Colette and Ciara, and son Seán jnr, have agreed a deal with the State-owned Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judgment of €440m to be stayed if Quinn children help IBRC secure property portfolio

Statistics from the Courts Service show that asylum and immigration cases accounted for 497 new judicial review cases in 2017, more than the 464 taken in all other areas of the law

Rules create the possibility that solicitors could end up being held personally liable for costs of unsuccessful asylum cases

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys: three cases in 2018 involved concerns about proper disclosure.

Judge says directions on asylum, immigration and citizenship cases not ‘out of the blue’

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured with the long-serving Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen. Photograph: University of Cambodia/Facebook

Former taoiseach warns of growth of populism during speech in Cambodia

Alexandr  Bekmirzaev, who became a naturalised Irish citizen in 2010, is believed to have left for Syria in 2013.

Dr Ali Selim says mosque has ‘very severe procedures’ for dealing with radical views

“It wasn’t a training camp. It was an opportunity to walk in an open space where you could talk about anything and no one was listening”

Captured Irish passport holder Alexandr Bekmirzaev among group of Isis sympathisers

Alexandr Bekmirzaev hiking in Wicklow in 2010: captured by Kurds in December while fighting for Isis in Syria.

WhatsApp messages from Syria to Ireland reveal the psychology of a captured man

Isis fighter: Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev, who was captured in Syria with Irish passport

He had a wife, a child and jobs in Dublin. How did he become an Islamic State fighter?

Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev: He is being held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force who say he was fighting for Islamic State

Belarus native, naturalised as an Irish citizen in 2010, held by Kurdish forces in Syria

Colm Keena, ‘Irish Times’ legal affairs correspondent Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

While we were researching the Implant Files, three of the journalists had a medical device implanted – including yours truly

In 2013, Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev left Ireland for the Middle East, where it is understood he joined a group linked to Islamic State.

At least five others were recruited by same figure to fight in Middle East, gardaí believe

Former billionaire Sean Quinn arriving at the Four Courts Thursday for a High Court action. Photograph: Collins

From the Quinn family to Denis O’Brien to the murder case of Anastasia Kriegal

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