‘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

Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape “but their names are mud,” NUI Galway law lecturer Dr Conor Hanly said. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Belfast rape trial review called for no change to NI law allowing naming of defendants

The High Court is scheduled to hear six damages cases this year against DePuy

1,112 proceedings lodged against DePuy since hip product withdrawn from market in 2010

People at a protest in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, against the handling of the eviction of the McGann family. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

David McGann exploring whether bank and security firm may have infringed his rights

A spokeswoman for the Rotunda in Dublin said it would be providing abortions from the new year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thirty doctors signed up do not want HSE to give their details out to avoid being targeted

The situations can lead to a child being influenced into believing one parent is all good while the other is all bad. Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Some 36 applications for return of a child were made from Ireland last year. Here are some of the stories

The State-owned IBRC, which is now in liquidation, has said that members of the Quinn family, and others including Senat, were involved in an effort to unlawfully put international property worth hundreds of millions of euro, over which the IBRC held legal security, beyond the the State-owned body’s reach

Willem Smit’s law firm which had dealings with Quinn family is being sued by IBRC

Broken window at the McGann house at Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon: land registry files show Anthony McGann has unpaid debts with a variety of financial institutions going back years.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Anthony McGann agreed settlement with Revenue for €429,501 three years ago

The house outside Strokestown, Co Roscommon, where a group of men arrived early on Sunday and clashed with security personnel. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Judgments against Anthony McGann registered in connection with five folios of land

Pat Byrne, award-winning baker of Cremore Bakery in Glasnevin: “I’d say there are 200 jobs at the moment that can’t be filled.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cremore’s Pat Byrne believes baking has psychological benefits and instils security

A composite image featuring Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape.

Court dismisses applications from the two rugby players who were acquitted in March 2018

Senator Paudie Coffey leaving the Four Courts after the jury failed to reach a verdict in his High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Senator and ‘Kilkenny People’ face ‘double or quits’ decision after jury fails to reach verdict

Paudie Coffey pictured at the Four Courts last Friday. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Senator sued publisher of ‘Kilkenny People’ over article comparing him to highwayman

Convicted murderer Graham Dwyer: evidence used to convict him included information accessed by the Garda using rules that require phone operators to retain information for two years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Judge in the case says State must ‘tread carefully’ when it comes to people’s data privacy

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton  said the internet creates opportunities for others to ‘manipulate our thinking’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Forum hears that Russia is trying to break up EU and spending millions on disinformation

An account of the collapse of the trial is being reviewed by the Cabinet and is likely to be published later today by the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

ODCE to be renamed as Cabinet considers measures responding to Fitzpatrick trial collapse

Ryanair crews  paying income tax here while based elsewhere are coming out with less after-tax pay than  employees working for local airlines.  Photograph; AFP

Law requires airline to tax employees who don’t live here but work on Irish-registered aircraft

Exterior of the building in which Grafton College is based in Portobello, Dublin, on Monday Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Amount language school owed in directors’ loans rose from €153,586 to €427,419 in 2017

The difference between extending coverage so that it reaches a higher proportion of the State’s area, as against a higher proportion of its population, is huge,  reports show. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Comreg finds extending coverage to people rather than geographically would be cheaper

The Ambassador centre on Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin. The Sinn Féin company’s exhibition was controversial because  it also included material referring to the 1980-1981 hunger strikes

Display on 1916 Rising in Ambassador centre, Dublin operated at a loss

Over 120 mortgage debt cases in just over an hour and a half at Tullamore Circuit court

Families tell stories of stress as court deals with more than 120 mortgage debt cases

The Irish Times has been working in partnership with the ICIJ on the Implant Files, which examines the regulation of medical devices.

Medical organisations welcome investigation into poor regulation of medical devices

Judge told jury he was going to discharge them because of ‘unprecedented media coverage’ in the ‘Irish Independent’ over the weekend.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Judge says ‘Irish Independent’ juxtaposed comment on rape trials with facts from trial

In Ireland, medical device manufacturers are obliged to report adverse health outcomes that might be linked to their implements to the HPRA.

Regulator told of acceleration of incidents perhaps linked to medical devices

Gillian O’Sullivan: ‘He told me there was a lovely new hip on the market that could last a lifetime . . . I would never look back.’

In excess of 1,000 Irish patients have issued proceedings against DePuy

‘The Irish Times’ is part of a global investigation – the Implant Files – into the medical device sector which has been organised through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

‘The Irish Times’ part of global investigation – the Implant Files – into medical devices

The medical devices sector employs 38,000 people in Ireland.

Implant Files: Medical devices make up almost 10% of all Irish exports

As part of EU reforms now being rolled out, there is increased cross-auditing of different member states’ regulatory bodies.

Implant Files: Medical devices regulated separately in each EU country

Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin, which treats children up to the age of 16.

Residents express horror and concern about knife attack

Grace Miano (50) of Tudor Lawns, Foxrock appeared before a special sitting of Dublin District Court this morning. Photograph: Paul Daniel/RTÉ News

Body of Limbani Mzoma was discovered with some of his body parts removed

Claire Loftus was addressing the annual National Prosecutors’ Conference in Dublin which considered matters arising from trials associated with Anglo Irish Bank, as well as other issues.

Increased amount of digital evidence has lead to growing volume of material in criminal investigations

Eoin Berkley was sentenced to 14 years in prison this week for the brutal rape last year.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Dublin man had been detained and released a month before raping Spanish teenager

Maurice McCabe with his wife Lorraine after giving evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal last March. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Whistleblower faced considerable animosity within the Garda force

Former taoiseach, Bertie Ahern looks on as the remains of his former advisor  Paddy Duffy are carried into  Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, Dublin Airport.  Photograph:  Collins

Close associate of Bertie Ahern sought to ‘make the world a better place’

Judge Rosemary Horgan, president of the District Court, and Judge Raymond Groarke, president of the Circuit Court, are due to step down in 2019 as their seven-year terms come to an end. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two posts to become vacant next year, but selection process is ‘cloaked in opacity’

As well as recommendations on regulation and how improve the conviction rate against corporate crime, the Law Reform Commission report  says Ireland should introduce a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) regime

It is often thought the state is the strong party in criminal law and the defendant weaker, but with major corporations the roles (...)

Serious corporate crime should continue to be dealt with in the Circuit Criminal Court, the Law Reform Commission report says. Photograph: Altrendo/Getty Images

Law Reform Commission report focuses on regulatory powers and corporate offences

Former Central Bank governor  Patrick Honohan: had “common sense view” some of the reckless behaviour of bankers had to be a criminal offence under the common law system. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘There will be another crisis, that’s for sure,’ says former Central Bank governor

The Law Reform Commission report notes that cases connected with the activities of Anglo Irish Bank had led to “important convictions”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Special white-collar crime unit should be set up within DPP’s office, report says

In 2012, banking group HSBC agreed a €1.6 billion fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement in which it admitted massive laundering of the proceeds of Mexican drugs gangs through its US bank network.

Mechanism allows authorities deal with suspected crimes by firms ‘too big to jail’

Ms Justice Caroline Costello said the house sale was “clearly a sham transaction entered into with a view to defeating creditors”

High Court cites lack of co-operation by Patrick J Daly over sale of Ballinagore House

The new scheme will allow non-EEA nationals, who came to Ireland to study between January 2005 and December 2010, to apply for permission to remain in the State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland says scheme will be ‘life-changing’ for those eligible

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

Only two officers came forward with information after tribunal wrote to 430 gardaí

If the smear campaign conducted against McCabe did not result in negative reports about McCabe, it is still the case that the media was a key player in the McCabe saga. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Leaks directed at media manipulation did not succeed in tarnishing whistleblower

 Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe: “a good citizen and police officer”. Photograph:  Séamus Kiernan/Westmeath Topic

Former Garda commissioner conducted ‘campaign of calumny’ against whistleblower

Irish Examiner journalist Michael Clifford: came across as “a serious-minded and careful journalist” in his evidence to the tribunal.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Some journalists ‘taken in by’ Supt Dave Taylor, says Mr Justice Charleton

Sgt Maurice McCabe, after giving evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal pictured with his wife Lorraine in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

No credible evidence that Nóirín O’Sullivan had any ‘hand, act or part’ in campaign

Mr Justice Peter Charleton said   he was “driven to doubt bald assertions that fellow gardaí had no problems with Maurice McCabe. Some certainly did have problems with him.” File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Disclosures tribunal questioned why decent people like McCabe were so shamefully treated

The disclosures made by Sgt Maurice McCabe and Supt Dave Taylor caused a huge controversy at the time and led to calls for the resignation of the then Garda commissioner, Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Collins

Tribunal judge highlights controversy caused by publicity around disclosures

Supt Dave Taylor at the Disclosures Tribunal earlier this year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tribunal report finds Supt Taylor was ‘suffused in bitterness’ against O’Sullivan

Sgt Maurice Mc Cabe made complaints about the standard of policing in the Cavan/Monaghan area. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charleton report investigated Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe’s claims

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

Charleton finds no evidence Nóirín O’Sullivan played any ‘hand act or part’ in smear campaign

The Department of Health’s new headquarters lay empty for 17 months at a cost to the State of €15.8 million, a report by the Comptroller & Auditor General has found.

Simon Harris says OPW ‘solely responsible’ for accommodation and procurement

Demonstrators take part in the Abortion Rights Campaign’s annual March for Choice In Dublin, as legislation to liberalise Ireland’s termination laws is set to be introduced into the Dáil next week.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Over 1,500 Irish women have accessed terminations since referendum, Minister says

Doireann O’Malley, who was one of three winners of the Berlin Art Prize for 2018, announced on Friday night, has been exhibiting her contemporary art film series, Prototypes, in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, as well as in Berlin.

Work links female-to-male transitioning to ‘phantoms of modernist utopias’

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: the National Union of Journalists is concerned at  “the broad sweep” of her data request. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Former Garda commissioner seeks files from RTÉ, ‘Irish Times’ and ‘Mail’ under GDPR

Chief Justice Frank Clarke, speaking at Fordham University in New York, said there is an opportunity for Ireland to act in a significantly expanded way in dispute resolution in international litigation.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

US companies doing business in EU will need English-speaking common law jurisdiction

Joe Queenan - as secretly filmed by the RTÉ Investigations unit. Photograph: RTÉ

Joe Queenan filmed by undercover reporter discussing purported project for county Sligo

The price of development land can constitute more than 40% of the cost of a residential development. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Selling land for top price not yielding best result, says society of chartered urveyors

ICCL director Liam Herrick: “One of the key challenges will be to put in place effective independent oversight processes to monitor national security policing.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New Garda commissioner’s ties with British intelligence services while in PSNI criticised

US President Donald Trump plans to visit Ireland in November. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Clare councillor says visit will be ‘great boost for the West of Ireland’

Changes to rights of bloggers writing about court cases canvassed in paper

Patients who have left hospital but are later identified as having possibly been in contact with the bug are to be notified by letter.

People may have come into contact with antibiotic resistant CPE while in hospital

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

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