The Aspirtion statue at its former home on the side of Treasury Building. File Photograph:  David Sleator

Sculpture taken down by owners following sale of former Nama building on Grand Canal Street

 Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon: The State has been guilty of “decades of dereliction of duty” for the disabled. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

HSE should not be taking staff experienced at assessing children’s needs, ombudsman says

The High Court decided the only purpose that would be served by handing over the CCTV footage in advance of the plaintiff giving evidence and undergoing cross examination was whether the assertion that they fell to the ground was correct. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Ruling came in case where Supermacs admitted that a chair was damaged prior to an incident

One mediator noted that ‘the system we have has this enormous cost’. File photograph: Getty

Issue of support still operating according to laws dating to 20 years before referendum

 Sinead McNamara: she says the break-ups she is seeing are not being caused by the pandemic so much as the pandemic is speeding up a process that was probably inevitable. Photograph:  Daragh McSweeney/Provision

‘Little cracks’ in a relationship are exposed as couples spend more time in each other’s company

Mike Ryan is leading the World Health Organisation’s response to Covid-19. File photograph:AFP via Getty Images

Mike Ryan says people must consider proximity, duration and location of events

A facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. Photograph:  Greg Baker/AFP

Signed letter seeks clarity on Chinese college potential link with Uighur rights abuses

  Oaklands Nursing Home in Listowel, where  six residents who tested positive for the virus have died. Photograph: The Kerry’s Eye

Six people who tested positive for virus in the home have died, says Hiqa spokesman

 The Law Society of Ireland and the Society of King’s Inns have played monopoly roles in training for the legal professions since long before the foundation of the State. File photograph: Eric Luke

Minister welcomes proposal allowing for providers outside Law Society and King’s Inns

There are more than 200 museums on the island of Ireland, attracting eight million visitors each year and directly employing 1,500 staff and 1,000 full-time volunteers. Photograph: Getty Images

Footfall in Dublin museums less than 10% of what it would normally be for the summer months

A portrait of Seamus Heaney by painter Barrie Cooke.

Cambridge University pays ‘six-figure sum’ for material belonging to late Barrie Cooke

A total of 401 people have been sent forward for trial over alleged criminal breaches of Covid-19 regulations

Files received in this category are up 87 per cent so far this year over 2019, conference is told

Thousands of England and Wales-qualified solicitors not based in Ireland have bought Irish practising certificates for about €2,600.

Irish practising certificates to require solicitors to work from establishment based here

Chief Justice Frank Clarke (left) with then attorney general Séamus Woulfe at an event in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Séamus Woulfe's position is ‘untenable, but it may also be unimpeachable’

  Chief Justice Frank Clarke listening to Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe during a panel discussion at the Distillery Building in Dublin last year. File photograph: Alan Betson

Dáil and Seanad can only begin impeachment due to ‘stated misbehaviour or incapacity’

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe: fallout from his attendance  at the Oireachtas golf society dinner in Clifden has led to talk of impeachment. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some believe Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe should resign and others do not

Chief Justice Frank Clarke (left) and Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Decision to publish transcript and different views of judicial independence central to row

 Chief Justice  Frank Clarke (left) and  Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe. It now seems clear that the Chief Justice and the other members of the Supreme Court are of the view that the heart of the crisis now facing the judiciary is the poor judgement of Mr Justice Woulfe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Attempt at ‘informal resolution’ of crisis has reached an impasse

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe said he had not intended to create the impression that he blamed the media for the ‘Golfgate’ controversy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Criticism of attendance at ‘Golfgate’ dinner based on ‘misunderstanding’, judge claims

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: ‘When you go into a court and you walk up, the first thing that certainly I notice, the harp is there above my head.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It is not me that makes the decision, it is the law that makes the decision’

Judicial independence means judges are independent from government – and each other, says Patrick O’Brien

The code of conduct for Dáil members, which does not include office-holders, forbids the use of confidential information for personal gain. Photograph: Alan Betson

Official Secrets Act does not apply to TDs or senators

During last year 36% of the decisions made by the DPP were to not prosecute. File photograph: The Irish Times

During 2019 number of such files up by 12%, according to Director of Public Prosecutions

The media would not have been able to give the coverage it did to Ana Kriégel’s parents, Geraldine and Patric, if this interpretation of the law had been in place. Photograph: Tom Honan

Court of Appeal decision that deceased victim cannot be named will create anomalies

Shoes left by mother and baby homes protesters at Phoenix Park, Dublin  on Monday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Committee will have to weigh up a matrix of matters before making recommendations

Ilham Tohti, who lectured at Minzu University, was jailed for life in 2014 by the Chinese regime. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

Minzu University’s relationship with Beijing raises ‘huge ethical issues’, professor says

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman: Opposition TDs said legislation passed through the Oireachtas this week was a wasted opportunity to prevent records from being sealed for 30 years. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Investigation’s purpose was to bring story of what happened in institutions into the open

Chief Justice Frank Clarke  has made access to justice one of the themes of his tenure as the State’s top judges. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State close to bottom of list for numbers of professional judges per 100,000 of population

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘There are no laws or powers that can change the nature of the virus.’ Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Government had to weigh up Nphet advice against impact on economy and society

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Roderic O’Gorman, said the report provided a rich and detailed understanding of the childcare market and a sound basis that could inform future funding decisions. Photograph: iStock

Average ‘unit cost’ of early learning and school age childcare is €4.14 per hour – report

Mary Lou McDonald told Sipo: ‘The donation that you refer to was not offered to, or accepted by, the Sinn Féin party in the 26-county jurisdiction’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

McDonald says party operates on a ‘six- and 26-county basis’ in reply to Sipo’s query about bequest

Leslie Buckley, former chairman of Independent News & Media. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Court documents say former chairman Leslie Buckley kept top shareholder informed

All of the meetings scheduled to date have not gone ahead because Mr Justice Woulfe was not in a position to attend or had sought a deferral. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Process to resolve controversy over judge’s attendance at golf dinner ‘back in limbo’

Ms Justice Mary Irvine said she  had decided to walk through the Round Hall in the Four Courts and along the corridors on the ground, first and second floors, every day this week, to observe what was happening.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine says scenes would cause ‘public scandal’ if photographed

 Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe has deferred a meeting with the Chief Justice on three occasions. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Denham found should not have attended golf dinner but resignation would be unjust

Seamus Woulfe: the postponement of the meeting with the Chief Justice, Frank Clarke, was the third deferral of a meeting between the two men, all at Mr Justice Woulfe’s request. File photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: Clarke very concerned about the ‘damage’ caused by continuing process

Ms Justice Marie Baker says  comments such as those made by Mr Justice Humphreys have no place in a judgment. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Supreme Court describes High Court judge’s comments as ‘offensive and humiliating’

Chief Justice Frank Clarke (left) and Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe. File photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Clarke now scheduled to meet judge on Thursday to resolve golf dinner controversy

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Controversy over judge’s attendance at Clifden golf dinner has ‘changed the narrative’

“I’d wonder why I found what I was doing so satisfying. What was the evolutionary purpose of dancing?” Photograph: Getty Images

An Irishman’s Diary

Alleged misconduct is broadly defined in the law and includes an act or omission involving fraud or dishonesty, or something likely to bring the profession into disrepute. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Most complaints to regulatory authority related to alleged misconduct

Supreme Court justice Seamus Woulfe: “I think it’s more damaging to the Supreme Court if they allow some sort of theoretical damage to the institution prevail over hounding a judge out of office for no valid reason.”  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Coverage of golf dinner ‘completely fake, overblown’, Denham was told at meeting

Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe: The whole experience ‘has been excruciatingly embarrassing for him, and that’s really all it warrants, I think’ said one solicitor. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some lawyers feel judge should have quit even after Denham’s ‘Golfgate’ verdict

Séamus Woulfe: ‘I was absolutely dumbfounded and shocked.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Transcript reveals judge’s initial reaction on reading story about controversial golf dinner

Clients of City Ltd include the Courts Service, An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive and Microsoft. Photograph: iStock

Profit for 2019 was €675,180 with accumulated losses of €611,490 at language firm

Chief Justice Frank Clarke and Supreme Court judge Séamus Woulfe  in Dublin last year. Mr Justice Woulfe said he had briefly mentioned the golf outing to the Chief Justice, prior to attending. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Supreme Court says it fully accepts finding judge’s resignation over ‘Golfgate’ would be ‘unjust’

 Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe (right)told the review  he met someone in the hotel lobby and then went to dinner in a room with six tables and 45 diners. File photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Then AG assured of organisers consultation with authorities on compliance with Covid-19 rules

Mr Justice Woulfe’s vigilance as a newly-appointed judge was not yet fully honed into the judicial sphere when the August controversy erupted, report found.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Judge ‘failed to consider’ whether attendance in middle of a pandemic ‘might be an impropriety’

The report found that Mr Justice Woulfe could have attended the golfing event without attending the dinner, and that he should not have accepted the invitation to dinner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Calling for judge to stand down from Supreme Court over golf dinner ‘unjust and disproportionate’

Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe: report concludes resignation would be unjust. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

Supreme Court judge should not have attended Clifden golf dinner, former chief justice says

Maura McNally says it is  wrong to think most barristers are wealthy. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Chair Bar council most barristers making modest or ordinary incomes

The guidelines being prepared by the Judicial Council will eventually replace the Book of Quantum, which is produced by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

New legislation will put a cap on personal injury insurance claims

Law Reform Commission examines four types of legislative model for capping damages

Minister for Justice and Equality Helen McEntee was given approval for the drafting of a Family Court Bill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister says reforms will result in a more efficient system with families at the centre

18-year-old arrested by gardaí on release from secure care unit

People have to examine over 900 statutory instruments  to understand the road traffic laws. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Law Reform Commission says laws should be available in consolidated form

 The Sar gave some details about Ros-Gip Ltd, and Ros-Vit Ltd, both of 5 Harbourmaster Place in the IFSC.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Two former IFSC-based firms mentioned in a Suspicious Activity Report on multi-billion euro wire transfers filed by Wall Street ba(...)

The transfers were part of a total of slightly more than $1bn which went to the Russian-Cypriot company between 2010 and 2015. File photograph: Getty

US bank became concerned that company may be linked to notorious gangster

Some of the cars seized from a car dealership in Co Tipperary. Photograph: An Garda

Cab suspects crime gang was laundering cash through used-car outlet in Tipperary

The report, filed by Standard Chartered Bank of New York to the Financial Crime Enforcement Network in Virginia, US, says the money-laundering network was “used by wealthy oligarchs, businessmen and criminals alike”

The network processed hundreds of millions of US dollars

A labyrinthine network of bank accounts over many years has moved enormous amounts of capital out of Russia and into the West. Som(...)

The FinCEN files show that the world’s largest banks play a key role in the massive flow of funds out of Russia into the West.

Financial crime agency leaks contain references to firm set up from Ranelagh house

Aisling Sun: ‘My parents moved their lives here 20 years ago from China to seek a better life.’

Leaving Certificate student calls for comprehensive appeals system

Leaving Cert students protesting outside the Department of Education in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Legal test is high for challenges to decision to disregard schools’ Leaving Cert track record

31/07/2020 - NEWS - Angela Denning CEO of the Courts Service, Phoenix House.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Head of service says technology is reducing wait times for cases and will lead to savings

Jay Bourke: ‘I am a very lucky man.’ Photograph: Collins

Critics and past creditors of the talented publican-restaurateur ‘could fill a small bar’

Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe has  apologised for  attending golf dinner in Co Galway. Photograph: Collins

Supreme Court judge understood event would be within public health guidelines

A High Court judge has criticised the Department of Justice and Equality for not implementing an aspect of the State’s refugee regime, saying it was a way of undermining the rule of law.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Panel of medics to assess those seeking protection not assembled after almost five years

Gardaí have arrested two men after searching a Co Kildare house. File photograph: The Irish Times

Co Kildare house is searched as part of inquiry into robberies in Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, Meath and Kilkenny

Mr Justice Seamus Noonan is a member of the Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee of the Judicial Council, which is due to present draft guidelines on personal injury awards to the council’s board at the end of October.

Judge reduces €76,000 award to €41,000, says some judges viewed as ‘more generous or parsimonious’

Gardaí check approximately 2,500-3,000 hospitality businesses every week. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Hospitality sector representatives say businesses breaching Covid-19 regulations should be ‘named and shamed’

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn last night said the National Public Health Emergency Team would meet on Monday to review and discuss the increased case numbers. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sharp increase in confirmed cases prompts ‘deep concern’ in national emergency team

Asked if schools might not re-open as scheduled, Dr Ronan Glynn said that clearly that topic would be part of Nphet’s considerations on Monday

Dr Ronan Glynn says new cases across every county and region in ‘significant escalation’

Prof MCConkey said a return to phase 1 of restrictions was not needed. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Prof Sam McConkey warns of widespread infection in elderly if approach not changed

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn said the National Public Emergency Team will meet on Monday to review and discuss the case figures    “and will make any necessary recommendations to Government which are required to protect the vulnerable, continue with the resumption of healthcare services and ensure the safe reopening of our schools.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some are socialising recklessly, he warns, as Nphet prepares to meet Monday to consider ‘any necessary recommendations’

 Former US president Bill Clinton and John Hume  at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin in May 2005. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Hume ‘committed to pursuing objectives by exclusively peaceful and democratic means’

US president Donald Trump is seen  at Shannon Airport in Co Clare in June 2019. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president reports slight drop in revenue from Clare business in latest disclosure

 Lorraine Walsh says even where cases have been finalised and substantial damages awarded, the pain of the women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal persists.

Campaigner Lorraine Walsh: ‘We are all wondering if we have to go through torture just to get justice’

The course of infection will be dictated by “the action of each and every person in our communities across the country”.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Public anxiety triggered by surge but precautions and next few days will shape pattern

Chief Justice Frank Clarke. Photograph: Alan Betson

Chief Justice criticises aspects of statutory plan as ‘excessively vague or aspirational’

 Chris Lehane: It is fundamentally important that those who try to cheat are not allowed get away with it. Photograph: Alan Betson

Retired official assignee Chris Lehane on unmanageable debt, hidden assets and ‘acting the maggot’

A courtroom in the Criminal Courts of Justice complex in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

Courts Service is looking at use of non-court buildings to allow for social distancing

Maura McNally SC, The Bar of Ireland Photograph: McCabe Photography

Maura McNally SC follows in footsteps of Ms Justice Mella Carroll who held role in 1979

The controversy over the CervicalCheck screening programme involved women who developed cervical cancer, after which an audit of their earlier tests was carried out and revealed discordant results. Photograph: Getty

Process to deal with claims cannot be established until new members chosen

John Hoey at Annacroft  outside Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. File photograph: Pat Byrne

Money found hidden behind radiator when house searched was not listed in statement of personal information, court told

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin has said it is important that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael know that the party is willing to walk away from government. Photograph: : Brian Lawless/PA

Green party deputy leader says other parties know ‘how hard a deal maker’ she is

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD during a Government Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Ministers to meet chief executives of banks next week over Covid-19 mortgage breaks

Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Roderic O’Gorman. The Green Party TD found himself a prominent target for online abuse this week. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Over half of TDs and Senators say they have received threats of physical violence

Negotiations “must be held at a different venue, preferably in the weeks or days in advance of the hearing”, the President of the High Court said. File image: Collins Courts

Directions issued by Ms Justice Mary Irvine also stipulate negotiations cannot take place on court premises

The restaurants are seeking a declaration from the court that their policies cover them for losses caused by the lockdown. Photograph: iStock

About 25 cases being taken against insurers and underwriters

Leading defamation and privacy lawyer Paul Tweed: ‘I am absolutely frustrated, if not bewildered, that Facebook, Twitter and others are continuing to argue that they are merely a platform as opposed to a publisher.’

Lawyer tells Helen McEntee State has obligation to look at issue ‘as a matter of urgency’

‘There will be great interest in seeing who the first Irish solicitor in history to be made a senior counsel will be,’ the director general of the Law Society, Ken Murphy, said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Legal regulator invites applications for role from solicitors, with closing date July 24th

RTE director general Dee Forbes said income from licence fees had sharply declined, and funding from commercial sources had also been hit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Abbey Theatre warns of ‘full-blown crisis’ facing Irish theatre sector

Bríd Smith: “This is a war on workers, and it is time for workers to fight back”

Minister for Justice says Deputy’s comments in the Dáil ‘highly personalised’ and ‘an attack on democracy itself’

High Court  president Ms Justice Mary Irvine said a delay in litigation can cause great economic hardship or even unwarranted additional mental or physical suffering for plaintiffs. Photograph: Tom Honan

Accommodation issues related to Covid-19 likely to persist, High Court president says

Deputy Bríd Smith claimed Mr Justice Garrett Simons had ‘put the boot into workers’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bríd Smyth TD commented on Mr Justice Garrett Simons’ minimum wage ruling

Law Society of Ireland, Justice Media Awards 2020 winners from The Irish Times, Kathleen Harris  and Conor Gallagher . Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kathleen Harris wins broadcast journalism award for video on NI campaigns

James Cleary  believed in the power of prayer, and his faith was unshakeable.

Lives Lost to Covid-19: A man of faith with a fantastic sense of humour

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Lives lost to Covid-19: Born in Cavan, married in Kerry and retired in Dublin, Anna would have been 100 this year

Carmel Callis: “When it was no longer possible to attend the choir Carmel continued to sing every day at home”

Lives lost to Covid-19: Carmel loved her job and if people were working late she would buy bread and meat and make them sandwiches

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