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

Jennifer Whitmore TD said “it’s very important that we do not fail these survivors again”. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Appeal made for terms of Mother and Baby Homes commission to be extended

 Séamus Woulfe was appointed to the Supreme Court last July. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Woulfe will also sit as member of Court of Appeal next month

Judit Varga, Hungarian Minister of Justice. File Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Hungarian minister claims Hungary and Poland are being subjected to ‘political blackmailing’ by EU

Serious difficulties develop where a charity is dominated by a single trustee, or where there is too much control by related parties, such as a family. Photograph: iStock

Difficulties can arise when body dominated by single trustee or family, conference told

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the Irish Farmers Association’s agm, watched by IFA president Tim Cullinan

Taoiseach tells IFA agm Government will support producers amid trading uncertianty

Speaking on the Claire Byrne Live show on RTÉ One television, Leo Varadkar said it was likely a policy of introducing mandatory hotel confinement would not be fully effective if the Republic implemented it on its own because of the Border with Northern Ireland.

Hotels used for such purposes would in effect be like detention centres, says Tánaiste

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee announced on Thursday she is to introduce legislation to provide for such hearings. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Minister for Justice expects Bill providing for such hearings to be passed by summer

The sum is the maximum that can be awarded in such a case. Photograph: iStock

WRC issues award as it finds hotel treated woman in ‘dismissive’ and discriminatory manner

Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan will present the awards ceremony next month. Photograph: RTÉ

Increase in number of entries, with 109 photographers entering over 2,000 images

Between the start of December 2020 and January 11th this year over 190,000 people arrived into Ireland by air.  Photograph: Getty Images

Introduction of mandatory quarantine would likely survive constitutional challenge

 President Donald  Trump: False claims that the recent election was rigged. Photograph:  EPA/Erik S Lesser

Jeffrey Yass gave almost $25 million to Republican superpacs in recent election cycle

 The Regina Coeli hostel on North Brunswick Street in Dublin was among the institutions investigated by the commission of investigation into mother and baby homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Commission of investigation investigated seven vaccine trials that came within remit

Children at the Pelletstown home on the Navan Road in Dublin were given an experimental vaccine against diphtheria in 1935. File photograph: Adoption Rights Alliance

Pharmacuetical firm was involved in vaccine trials in 7 mother and baby homes

 Cathleen Coffey O’Brien, who was a resident at the Bessborough mother and baby home in Co Cork. Photograph: Garrett White

Commission investigating homes was informed of last year’s sale, says congregation

Employees are increasingly concerned about heating, broadband and telephone bills, as well as other costs that can arise from working from home. Photograph: Getty

Issues for employers include tracking working hours, health and safety and tax

A statue of Mary in a grotto at the Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, which was a mother and baby home operated by the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Congregation expected to contribute to mother and baby redress donated to earlier scheme

Framed baby dolls  pictured at a shrine in Tuam, Co Galway,  erected in memory of children buried at the site of the former home for unmarried mothers run by nuns. Photograph: Paul Fait/Getty Images

Woulfe warned Zappone referendum needed for unrestricted access to birth information

Taoiseach Micheál Martin  introducing the publication of the report by the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes  at Government Buildings on   January 12th, 2021. Photograph:  EPA/Julien Behal

One scheme would be for children born in the homes and another for women who gave birth in the homes

On Wednesday last Taoiseach Micheál Martin said publicans should ‘forget about takeaway pints’. Photograph: iStock

Diageo and Heineken stopped delivering draft beers and stouts to pubs last week

A member of the medical staff donning PPE before working in the Covid Emergency Department at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

St Vincent's Hospital is racing to treat a surge of Covid cases, as the vaccine arrives

Funding for the Legal Aid Board has been increased by 5.6 per cent, or €2.36 million, for the coming year. Photograph: iStock

Service has seen spike in domestic violence cases, family law issues since pandemic began

 Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters arriving at the Four Courts. Photograph: Alan Betson

In court: the Kevin Lunney assault, Michael Lynn’s trial and Cervical Check claims

A file image of a person being vaccinated against Covid-19. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach says Government is planning a compensation scheme to cover all vaccines

The new court facility at Croke Park will allow for three courts to sit, and it is planned to provide up to 200 court sitting days during the three-month  agreement. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/©INPHO

Sports venue is ‘not unused to great adversarial battles’ says stadium head

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan  has said that from what he had read, the current Covid-19 pandemic was connected to the huge stress the natural world is under. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister also asserts Covid-19 pandemic is linked to huge stress on natural world

The Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe is not yet listed for a hearing of the court up to and including the beginning of March. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New judge is, however, listed to deal with leave to appeal matters

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘Public service broadcasting has a key role in any nation’s democracy.’ Photograph: Johanna Geron/AFP

Support should be provided to media in general, not just public service broadcasting

 Judge Colin Daly was nominated by the Government for appointment as a judge of the Circuit Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge Colin Daly fills vacancy that arose after retirement of Judge Gerald Keys

We admired the steadfast courage of Mary and Joseph, and we were appalled, though maybe a little thrilled too, by the despicable Herod, a killer of children. Photograph: iStock

We might as non-believing adults conclude these stories we were told and teachings we were given still hold

Former Fine Gael minister for justice Alan Shatter. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ex-minister responds as Martin says redacted report will be placed in Oireachtas library

Agency denies being ‘complacent’ in its preparations for forthcoming disruptions

Shane Ross: “It appears the Government has learned absolutely nothing from the Séamus Woulfe appointment.”    Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

McEntee’s Bill proposes commission of nine but strong legal influence criticised by Ross

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris said the review would consider the current challenges facing students and find out what could be done better. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Simon Harris confirms review of student grant scheme has been approved

Members of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy group protest outside Leinster House in June 2013. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s Catholic ethos a factor in why maternity hospitals continued to use procedure

It is not uncommon for there to be up to 30,000 summonses waiting for a listing, the Courts Service has said. Photograph: iStock

Minister tells Dáil of drive to clear backlog of minor cases due to pause caused by Covid-19

The decisions in relation to the three Irish women are final, the court said. File photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty

Three claim they were not informed about the procedure and did not give full consent

The Bar Council confirmed to The Irish Times it had ‘received formal notification from Dublin City Council that all appeals have been considered and approved’. Photograph: Frank Miller

Local authority had written to 150 barristers who had been paid out just over €750,000

The company operated petrol station/convenience stores in Tipperary, Mayo, Roscommon and Donegal, the High Court was told in 2015 by liquidator George Maloney, who was appointed to DMG in 2013 by Revenue. Photograph: iStock

Damien McGleenan’s company DMG Energy Ltd on tax defaulters’ list as owing €9.1m

A high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. File photograph: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty

Chairman of Uighur World Congress calls on Ireland to use its position on UN Security Council

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