Ex-gratia scheme arises from  ECHR case won seven years ago by Louise O’Keeffe (above), who was abused in the 1970s by Leo Hickey, then principal of the national school in Dunderrow. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeeney/Provision

Special rapporteur Conor O’Mahony says qualifying criteria and time limits are issues

Brendan Ógie Ó Dufaigh was returning from playing in the Ulster football championship semi-final

Brendan Ógie Ó Dufaigh died in road collision while returning from Ulster semi-final

Writer and public intellectual Desmond Fennell who has died, aged 92.

President leads tributes to essayist, author, broadcaster and Irish language activist


Paul Reid says approximately 5% of overall cases in recent days involved fully vaccinated people

All young people can continue to seek to get vaccinated at pharmacies. File photograph: Getty

Thousand cases a day threshold has been met ahead of when expected, Paul Reid says

Paul Reid, CEO HSE. Photograph: Leon Farrell

Up to one in 20 cases involve people who were fully vaccinated, HSE says

Ms Justice Mary Irvine. Photograph: Tom Honan

Senior civil servants set for discussions with the heads of the five main courts

Áine Hynes SC says current mental health legislation gives  no consideration to the evolving capacity and maturity of a child. Photograph: Getty Images

Someone under 18 can be detained without their consent but with consent of their parents

 Garda whistleblower Nicholas Keogh at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle in 2019. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Disclosures Tribunal dismisses 22 claims made by Garda Nicky Keogh against senior officers

 Swedish clothing giant H&M was one of a number of western brands that last year expressed concern about the use of forced labour in Chinese cotton production. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

Agenda: Western businesses face calls to take stance against forced labour in Xinjiang

Mr Justice Sean Ryan said complaints made by Garda Nicky Keogh (pictured) were ‘not substantiated’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Inquiry into complaints involved 15 senior counsel, 16 junior counsel and nine law firms

Garda Nicky Keogh alleged that after he made a disclosure alleging corruption, he was targeted by colleagues, but the tribunal has found this was not the case. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Nicky Keogh ‘irrational’ and ‘paranoid’ after allegations in wake of protected disclosure

Garda Nicky Keogh was predisposed to suspicion of the Garda investigation set up to examine his complaints, the Disclosures Tribunal found. Photograph: Tom Honan

Disclosures Tribunal finds Nicky Keogh’s claims gardaí targeted him were not justified

 In 2014, the European Court of Human Rights found that Ireland had failed to protect Louise O’Keeffe from  teacher Leo Hickey when she had been at school in west Cork. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Courts

Irish human rights body urges greater action on implementation of Louise O’Keeffe judgment

The Coalition warned that major projects cannot be held up for years in the courts. File photograph: Getty

Planned Coalition changes of judicial review regime set to ramp up costs for those taking cases

The Covid-19 public health measures introduced last year were reflected in the type of help sought in 2020 from Flac. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chief executive Eilis Barry highlights concerns over lack of legal aid in employment cases

Illustration: iStock/Getty

More and more young people have gender dysphoria. How should the medical system respond?

Government plans for outdoor summer hit a snag amid Garda claims over licensing

Presentation College Carlow was the subject of false claims on social media which led to an online petition against “sexism against female students” which was signed by thousands of people. Photograph: iStock

School’s board of management welcomes outcome of complaint

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan: “I am all in favour of there being a very significant number of women amongst the judiciary.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Canadian justice tells panel that many of the candidates for judicial appointments in her country come from academia or the public(...)

The North’s Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, was speaking at a remote conference entitled Is Brexit a Challenge to the Rule of Law on the Island of Ireland? File photograph: Alan Betson

Failure of politics to focus on solutions promoted division in North, says Declan Morgan

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell  says the maintenance of constitutional values requires the support of the population. File photograph:  Collins Courts

Social media has completely altered public affairs, Bar Council conference hears

Former special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon was among the 12 solicitors to be granted ‘patents of precedence’ by the Government. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Ex-Law Society president Stuart Gilhooly and child protection expert Geoffrey Shannon recognised

 Liam Herrick, executive director at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, said: ‘The importance of the separation of powers is key here.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Committee hears call to limit choice to three ranked candidates for judicial appointments

Willie McGee, retired head of the fraud squad, and Charlie Bird, retired former RTÉ journalist, with The Irish Times newspapers from December 1979 through to February 1980 which contain ads used by the State to communicate with a foot and mouth disease ransom demand at the time. Photograph: Alan Betson

The HSE ransomware attack is not the first time the State has faced extortion threats

Mr Justice Denis McDonald declined an application that he reassess a decision he made in 2019 about what should happen to $8m. Photograph: Getty Images

In 2017 Jeremiah Ryan and HKRME took High Court proceedings against Barry English over the money

Jeremiah Ryan, formerly the principal of Horan Keogan Ryan Ltd, a Dublin architectural firm, had property investments that lost value during the financial crisis in 2008.

Ex-principal of architecture firm tried to hide assets worth millions from creditors prior to bankruptcy, court found

Mr Justice Max Barrett  said Probationer Garda Murphy was not provided with a copy of the materials upon which the commissioner intended to base his decision. File photograph

Judge finds ‘number of procedural flaws’ in Drew Harris’s dealing of case of probationer garda

Prof Sam McConkey: ‘It is definitely the case that we could blow this success that we have now with too much socialising, so we do have to take it cautiously.’

‘Socialising December-style’ leads to more transmission says Prof Kingston Mills

Incoming Chief Justice Donal O’Donnell. Photograph: Collins Courts

Observers cite brilliant intellect and creativity of Donal O’Donnell, and willingness to act

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell is regarded as one of the intellectual heavyweights of the court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Supreme Court judge was expected to be selected to replace outgoing Chief Justice Frank Clarke

The application by parts of the State of the protected disclosures law has caused ‘serious damage’ to some whistleblowers, the chairman of an Oireachtas committee has said. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

John McGuinness asserts protected disclosures law has been an ‘utter failure’

Berlin D2, in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Judge refused renewal of Dublin bar’s licences after event flouted health guidelines

Bernard White, of Gorey, Co Wexford, is seeking damages in excess of €1.5 million from loss of earnings, as well as damages for negligence, deceit and misrepresentation, from Michele Kearney, a member of the family that owns the Sepam Group, an engineering and construction business based in Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Bernard White claims Sepam issued signed cheque without funds to support it

The grave of the McGinley children, Darragh, Conor and Carla,  in Newcastle Cemetery, Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Andrew McGinley says family ‘need to understand’ how tragedy occurred

Andrew McGinley with Conor, Darragh and Carla. A jury has found his wife, Deirdre Morley, not guilty of murdering their three children by reason of insanity. File photograph via Facebook

Andrew McGinley says kids might be alive if family included in Deirdre Morley’s mental health care

Deirdre Morley, who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering her three young children in her home in January 2020.

Jury accepted evidence of psychiatrists that nurse was suffering from mental disorder

Deirdre Morley and Andrew McGinley pictured with their  children Conor, Darragh  and Carla McGinley.

Judge had told jury there was ‘no contest’ as to what the verdict should be

Deirdre Morley (44) of Parson’s Court, Newcastle, Co Dublin, is charged with murdering her sons Conor (9) and Darragh (7) and her daughter Carla (3).

Deirdre Morley has pleaded not guilty to murders of Conor, Darragh and Carla by reason of insanity

Security expert Adrian Jacobs says the same weakness that allow an attack on one agency can often  exist in other agencies within the same country, leading to more attacks. File image: Getty

‘I can guarantee you, there are a huge amount of ransoms that don’t go reported’

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton: ‘We want to be sure that every victim of trafficking is identified and helped so that we can support them’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

More bodies to be able to refer trafficked individuals to be assisted by State services

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman:  ‘This is a significant day for the rights of adopted people’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Absence of right to information about origins caused many ‘immense hurt’, O’Gorman says

Ms Craig said the scale of the problem was such that it was not practicable that the new commission would be able to deal with all individual complaints. Photograph: iStock

Oireachtas committee hears of abuse encountered by public figures online

Financial transactions between Msaada and Bother form part of an ongoing investigation by the serious economic crime unit of An Garda Síochána into the misappropriation of funds at Bóthar.

Transactions between two charities form part of inquiry into the misappropriation of funds

Some of the State’s top barristers and a retired Court of Appeal judge are involved in a new online arbitration service launched on Tuesday. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Armistice offers quick, binding decisions at fraction of court cost in commercial disputes

Mr Justice Kevin Cross spoke against new guidelines for personal injury awards. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mr Justice Kevin Cross spoke against the proposals at key Judicial Council meeting

The National Gender Service, at St Columcille’s Hospital, Dublin, has  capacity to see about 150 new patients a year, but demand is running at more than twice that. Image: iStock

Waiting list for service set for continued growth as increased capacity will be insufficient

The demand for puberty blockers has been growing in both the UK and here, and the demographics of those seeking the treatment has undergone significant change. Illustration: iStock

UK rulings have resulted in a major report and new safeguards, but responses on the issue are not forthcoming in this jurisdiction

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, says  the pandemic has dealt every person in Ireland an unfair hand in different and diverse ways. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Chief medical officer advises those vaccinated to get outdoors and see one another again

RNLI Dún Laoghaire sent an inshore lifeboat to Sandymount to assist the men. Photograph: RNLI Dún Laoghaire Lifeboat Station/Twitter

Group did not need medical attention after getting caught on sandbank when tide came in

 Peter Ireton, one of the founding members of Bóther,   died in his home last week in tragic circumstances. File photograph:  Marc O’Sullivan

Cash bonuses for Bóthar staff as public urged to forgo Christmas presents, and donate instead

Jewher Ilham: ‘I personally hope my father and every innocent person locked up in a prison in China . . . I hope they can be released. That’s my wish and that’s what I’m working towards’

Ilham Tohti was jailed for life, accused of advocating separatism for region in China

Donations  were paid to fictional projects that were fabricated by Mr Moloney, and others so that cash could be paid to the staff, Bóthar chairman Harry Lawlor  told the court. Photograph: Bóthar

Donations paid to fictional projects to facilitate cash going to staff, High Court hears

Former Bóthar chief executive David Moloney. The allegations against him include that the charity  funded a €10,000 hay shed on a farm he owns. File image: Press 22

David Moloney says he shared money for nuns in Africa with two founding members

The Charities Regulator in Ireland has appointed an inspector to investigate Bóthar and the gardaí are also involved.

Dealings between Limerick’s Bóthar and UK’s Msaada raise significant concerns

While there were 670 personal injury summonses lodged last week with the High Court, the same period last year saw just 100

New guidelines in effect will see damages for minor and medium injuries cut by up to 50%

The Court of Appeal  ruled last year that section 252 of the Children Act preventing child victims of crime being identified, should apply even in cases where the child died as a result of crime. File image: Collins Courts.

The restrictions had prevented grieving parents from speaking publicly about cases

In the Republic, one in six adults are at level one of a five-level literacy scale, and this is likely to lead to lower income and poorer health.

National Adult Literacy Agency reports 44% more calls as pandemic pushes people to read

Dr Colm Henry of the HSE cites loneliness, malnutrition, late presentations with illnesses other than Covid, and breaks in screening services as part of the fallout from lockdown. Photograph: Leah Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Increased mortality from cancer one of the prices to be paid for lockdown, conference hears

Stuart Gilhooly, a former president of the Law Society: ‘On no Monday do I expect premiums to come down, no less this one.’

Law Society dismisses idea new personal injury awards ‘ruse’ will help consumer

The 1947 Health Act stipulates that where regulations require a person to take precautions, and that person fails to do so, and as a result someone contracts the disease, then there is the grounds to take a case. Photograph: Getty

Act provides legal duty for reasonable precautions to prevent person becoming infected

Mr Justice Bernard  Barton has expressed scepticism that the benefits of reduced personal injury award levels agreed in the new guidelines will  be passed on to consumers by the insurance industry. Photograph: Getty Images

Mr Justice Peter Kelly says more pressure likely on District Court due to guidelines

Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin said the new statutory instrument was introduced and published in a ‘clandestine’ manner. Photograph: iStock

Statutory instrument is not targeted at churches, says Minister for Health

Sr Viji Dahli is one of the  founding members of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and Collaborators and its mission director in Africa

The money from the charity should have helped trafficking victims in Tanzania, but did it get there?

Staffing levels in proposed new Media Commission expected to be similar to DPC office. Photograph: iStock

Office expected to have 180 staff including those already working for BAI

The new judicial guidelines on personal injury awards are to come into effect from  April 24th, the Minister for Justice has said. File photograph: iStock

Insurance companies indicated they will begin to reduce premiums in response to guidelines

In a submission to Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, IHREC  suggested  the number of judges on the proposed new body should be increased so they constitute at least half the commission. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

IHREC recommends increasing number of judges on proposed new body

The court was told that the women had returned from Dubai, having travelled abroad for plastic surgery.

Women are taking a constitutional challenge against the public health measure

There was a 33 per cent increase in complaints about solicitors and barristers received by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority in the six months to late March.

Legal Services Regulatory Authority warns about bank details amid surge in complaints

Kirstie McGrath (30) of St Anthony’s Road, Dublin 8 pictured at Tallaght District Court. Photograph: Collins Court

Solitictor says women are of modest means and would have difficulty complying with bail conditions on a Saturday afternoon

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report found that for Chinese, Indian and white Irish people, average earnings exceed those of the white British, with the Irish being the best paid of all.

Study of ethnicity and pay shows Chinese, Indians and white Irish ahead on average

Chinese embassy on Ailesbury Road:  “Nobody has forced or will force [Yvonne Murray]. Sensationalist presentation sells paper but won’t for too long.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Chinese reaction to Yvonne Murray departure designed for officials, academic says

Sources say Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly still supports adding countries of concern regardless of their location and will push for this in the coming days. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Coveney raises concerns over capacity and legal issues if EU countries on at-risk list

People are entitled to sue if their data protection rights are not upheld. Photograph: iStock

It would be ‘remarkable’ for patient’s report to be handed over without consent of patient

The webinar heard that the nature of crime was changing dramatically and that policing also needed to change.

Call for Ireland and Britain to retain fluid extradition system to combat organised crime

 Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell:  the “clear and obvious favourite” to replace Mr Justice Frank Clarke, according to senior legal sources.   Photograph:  Collins Courts

Helen McEntee proposal will assist in selecting successor for Frank Clarke

A  Travelodge beside Dublin Airport at Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tifco Hotel Group is owned by a US alternative investment firm that bought an Irish business in October 2018 for €295m

The Commercial Court “routinely” adjudicates on international disputes involving billions of euros, the head of the court, Mr Justice David Barniville, has said.

Work likely to further develop due to Brexit, judge says

Tiananmen, Gate of Heavenly Peace, Beijing.

Government policy encourages colleges to collaborate with China - but an unpublished risk review poses vexing questions

Research by the Central Bank shows the cost of settling claims through litigation accounts for 67 per cent of the actual compensation amount. Photograph: iStock

PIAB to be reformed as number of cases it finalised falls and judges accept payout levels

The commission found that two companies that now form part of GSK were involved in trials at the homes that did not comply with the standards at the time in relation to securing consent. Photograph:  Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

Minister for Children says pharma firm has ‘moral and ethical obligation’ to take action

Ken Murphy, outgoing director general of the Law Society at Blackhall Place. He first took up the position  in March 1995, when he was 38 years old. Photograph: Alan Betson

Outgoing director general of the Law Society, Ken Murphy, says courts system needs ‘massive investment’ to fund a required transfo(...)

Keira Bell (24) took legal action against the Tavistock NHS Trust, arguing that children cannot properly consent to taking puberty blockers. File photograph: PA

Decision taken despite High Court ruling in London against Tavistock House NHS Trust

Seven cases were lodged on Thursday and Friday on behalf of women who gave birth in St Patrick’s home on the Navan Road, Dublin, and Árd Mhuire, in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cases lodged on behalf of women who gave birth in St Patrick’s home and Árd Mhuire

Keira Bell leaving London high court after her successful case against Tavistock. The UK clinic is appealing the judgment. File photograph: Sam Tobin/PA Wire

Hospital given ‘comfort letter’ by HSE for treatment in cases of gender dysphoria

In November, 50 academics at UCC sought a report on whether Minzu University was linked to human rights abuses against the Uighur people in Xinjiang. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Cork college warned of issues arising if withdrawal seen as linked to ethical concerns

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was chaired by Judge Yvonne Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

Commission records to come under control of Department of Children

The three-judge appeal court delivered its ruling on Wednesday in an appeal taken by the family of the late Margaret Keane, who died in July 2018 at the age of 73. File photograph: Getty

In ár gcroíthe go deo to appear on headstone after Church of England appeal court ruling

The report, on technological change and the legal sector, also warned that artificial intelligence (AI) software designed to introduce efficiencies in the justice system could ‘learn’ to discriminate in ways that are illegal. Photograph: iStock

Study looks at issues arising from greater use of tech in legal sector due to pandemic

Unpublished report on the matter was drafted by a seven-judge committee of the council chaired by president of the High Court, Mary Irvine (pictured). File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Alliance for Insurance Reform expresses concern about what draft report may be advocating

In the Dáil on Wednesday, and on radio, Galway West TD Catherine Connolly said there is nothing in writing to show that people were told the tapes would be destroyed.  Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan for The Irish Times

Assurance of anonymity crucial to encouraging survivors to tell their story

The Chief Justice, Frank Clarke, must ask all judges with a ‘connected party’ relationship to withdraw from a remote meeting of the Judicial Council, which is to consider a draft report on personal injury awards, said Isme CEO Neil McDonnell. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Isme chief airs concerns over crunch meeting on personal injury awards

A meeting of the council involving up to 160 judges to discuss the proposals   was adjourned to Saturday next in the face of judicial unease, it is understood. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Judicial Council guidelines would lead to reductions in personal injury awards

In recent years a number of rulings by the Court of Appeal in relation to High Court personal injury awards have had the effect of a general recalibration downwards of the awards. Photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas had directed judiciary to set up a Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee

The Stardust nightclub where 40 young people died in a fire   on February 14th, 1981

Xestra to promote site as retail development under name of Artane Place

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said she was determined to work to change the law as quickly as possible. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Cabinet approves adoption of Private Member’s Bill to change law

Fergal Gaynor: has been working on international criminal justice since 2001.

Fergal Gaynor has been working on international criminal justice since 2001

Some high-income, high-net worth individuals are finding their tax residency arrangements upset by the pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Travel restrictions leave employees stranded abroad in ambiguous tax jurisdictions

The Four Courts. Photograph: iStock

Majority in survey worried about their ability to stay in profession, says Bar Council

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