Medical workers in protective gear talk with a woman suspected of being ill with  the coronavirus at a health station in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, on Monday.  Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

Department considering choices for assisting Irish to leave Hubei province ‘if required’

The Courts Service said approximately 8,000 people will be receiving letters cancelling their court date and notifying them that new fine and court dates will issue in due course.

Court dates cancelled for 8,000 people

Former SDLP deputy leader Seamus Mallon. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Mallon widely admired for courage, tenacity, and voicing of strongly held opinions

Philip O’Leary, Chairperson, Legal Aid Board (left) and Chief Justice  Frank Clarke at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Legal Aid Board on Thursday. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Chairman of Legal Aid Board says income thresholds for support should be reviewed

File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Free legal advice group says system is stretched to capacity and needs urgent reform

Cllr Eddie Mulligan canvassing for the general election in Waterford City. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Mulligan served on board of Waterford theatre for 17 months after disqualification order

 Cllr Eddie Mulligan canvassing for the general election in Waterford City. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Eddie Mulligan’s running mate says ‘onus’ is on all Fianna Fáil candidates to notify party about any financial difficulties

Fianna Fáil councillor Eddie Mulligan canvassing in Waterford with his election team: Accounts show rent of €119,293 was paid to a property partnership that included Mr Mulligan. Meanwhile, the debt to Revenue rose to €188,783. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Eddie and Dervla Mulligan’s firm Hype Hair Salon Ltd had tax liabilities of €153,770 in 2014

“What we’re hearing from people on the ground and at the doors is that there are some anomalies that need to be fixed,” Mr Varadkar said.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Micheál Martin said he would look to outlaw contracts that force people to retire at 65

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at RTE on Sunday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Coveney says poll showing Fianna Fáil 12 points ahead of Fine Gael would ‘act as a motivator’

Chief Justice Frank Clarke noted that a ‘widespread move towards the digital management of most, if not all, court proceedings, will require a major investment’. File photograph: Collins Courts

Programme costing about €112m would replace lever-arch files with computers

Report being prepared by the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, who is retiring in June, will change civil court rules “that haven’t been changed since the 1880s”. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Proposals for streamed court sittings could see parties contribute remotely

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “Without the work of the Government, without the work of the politicians in the parliament, the civil service, the whole country coming together, this would not have been possible.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/ Reuters

European Commission chief says Ireland’s sovereignty magnified by EU in Brexit debate

Picture showing progress in the construction of the national children’s hospital in south Dublin, the largest construction project  in the State. The picture was taken on January 14th.

‘No decision’ made to use Chinese-made facial recognition technology, councillors told

Senator Michael McDowell had repeatedly called elements of the  legislation unconstitutional. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Judiciary and politicians who opposed controversial legislation welcome its lapsing with dissolution of Dáil

CJ Stander was joined by Daniel Cunningham(5) and Scott Conlan-Higgins (7) on Grafton Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

CJ Stander: ‘Whatever we can do to help, even just to get someone out of the cold’

Move to Court of Appeal of High Court judge Mr Justice Donald Binchy also approved

Only at  Brown Thomas? The State acts like it “only does its shopping” at the high-end retailer when looking for a barrister, Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan  said. File photograph: Eric Luke

‘Brown Thomas’ effect: FF justice spokesman says many able barristers not getting enough work

Nadine Lott  has died in hospital. Photograph: Facebook

Nadine Lott is in her early 30s and was injured in the early hours of Saturday morning

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan (right) pictured with Chief Justice  Frank Clarke at an event to mark the signing of the establishment of the Judicial Council on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Collins Courts

Minister calls on insurance companies to ‘give a lead’ in addressing high premiums

Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew (centre) celebrates with deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (left) after she was announced as elected in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gildernew returned with 57-vote majority over UUP’s Tom Elliott after recount

Órghlaith Begley  with  Pearse Doherty after winning in  West Tyrone. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Twenty-eight-year-old holds seat she won in 2018 byelection after Barry McElduff quit

The Irish Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Aisling: originally sold to a Dutch firm and later sold by a company in the United Arab Emirates to one of the participants in the civil war in Libya

UAE firm breached UN arms embargo over decommissioned ship, Security Council told

The  LÉ Aisling in Cork Harbour. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

UN Security Council traces ownership via UAE to Libya, contrary to sanctions

Alliance for Insurance Reform responding to paper by Law Reform Commission

The Law Reform Commission is looking at the capping of general damages, which are the damages paid for an injured person’s pain and suffering, as against special damages, which cover such issues as loss of earnings or future medical care. File photograph: Getty

Four cap models proposed, interested parties asked to express views by end January

Barrister Paul Anthony McDermott has died. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Father of two was a ‘popular lecturer and entertaining newspaper columnist’

One of the Hong Kong protesters who spoke to The Irish Times. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

People in Chinese-Irish associations ‘keep an eye on everyone’ for signs of disloyalty

Seán Quinn and his son resigned as directors of Belbridge in May when Denis Kelly was appointed a director. Photograph: Collins

Website offers sports bets, an online casino and secondary betting on national lotteries

The payment is mentioned in accounts just published by the Parishes of the Diocese of Dublin, the registered Catholic charity that deals with a number of funds and income and payments made by the capital’s Catholic parishes. Photograph: Google Street View

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is on City Quay which is undergoing extensive building works

The site is currently promoting “Bobby Sands: Remember the Hunger Strikers” jerseys featuring the number 81 on the back

Republican Merchandising Ltd accumulated losses and laid off its three staff last year

50-year old Uighur Muslim accused of incitement to ethnic hatred

Chinese ambassador to Ireland, He Xiangdong, at his residence in Dublin, in October 2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chinese ambassador to Ireland says methods promote ‘prosperity, stability, social harmony’

Natives of the region are Turkic, the main ethnic group being the Uighurs, most of whom are Muslim

Chinese government has massive data operation to monitor and police the mostly-Muslim ethnic population of Xinjiang

Mass internment of Uighur people in camps laid bare in leaked documents

Leaks detail treatment of Uighur people held in Xinjiang re-education camps

Fr Bernárd Lynch, who is best known for his work with Aids victims and for coming out as a gay priest,  was given a Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad by President Michael D Higgins  on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fr Bernárd Lynch ‘deeply disturbed’ by accusation of abuse 40 years ago in New York

Aoife Bennett from Naas, Co Kildare, took a case against the Minister for Health, the HSE, and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, as well as the Health Products Regulatory Authority. File photograph: Collins Courts

Father of son (16) who was vaccinated for swine flu says his son ‘is heavily medicated young man’

Aoife Bennett from Naas, Co Kildare, took a case against the Minister for Health, the HSE, and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, as well as the Health Products Regulatory Authority. File photograph: Collins Courts

Aoife Bennett took case after developing narcolepsy after getting swine flu jab

Aoife Bennett, from Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Collins

Case was settled with no admission of liability, muddying the picture for others

Aoife Bennett (26) claimed she developed narcolepsy and cataplexy disorder as a result of being given the Pandemrix vaccine in school on December 10th, 2009.

Multi-millon euro costs of case to be met by State; No admission of liablity in terms

An aerial view of the building in Ballinamore Co Leitrim that has been proposed to accommodate asylum seekers. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Announcement comes just a day after the High Court issued an injunction

Galway West TD Noel Grealish has been criticised this week for singling out Nigerian-born residents, using misstated figures that exceed State calculations on the amount being remitted. File photograph: Alan Betson

Commission says campaign debates should not be characterised by discriminatory discourse

Concert pianist, Professor Thérèse Fahy was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ambassador of France in Ireland, HE Stéphane Crouzat, in a ceremony at the Ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres presented at French ambassador’s Dublin residence

Former billionaire Seán Quinn. Belbridge, based in  Connell Building, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, owns the business names Quinnbet, Quinnsports, and Quinncasino, and is in turn 100% owned by Seán Quinn

As well as providing for bets on races and sports fixtures, the Quinnbet website also has a ‘Quinncasino’ and a ‘Quinnlotto’ secti(...)

The house in Buxton, Derbyshire, where Cyril McGuinness suffered a fatal heart attack

Janusz Adamczyk (40) was involved in sale of motor parts from Ballyconnell address

A review of sexual offences laws by the Law Reform Commission will look at the age of consent.

Conference hears age of consent is higher in Ireland than most European countries

Because of new technologies, “we are all monitored and recorded every minute of every day of our lives”, a conference has heard. Photograph: iStock

Law must protect people from ‘depredations’ of new technology, says NUIG lecturer

Businessman Seán Quinn:  QuinnBet said at the time of its launch that the venture was being funded by Mr Quinn snr, but that he was not involved in its operation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Filings for QuinnBet show Quinn and son Seán jnr resigned as directors in May

The report, Knowledge or Belief Concerning Consent in Rape Law, was sought by the Attorney General after the Supreme Court confirmed in 2016  an ‘honest, though unreasonable mistake that the woman was consenting, is a defence in rape’

Men should not be allowed defence they ‘honestly believed’ woman consented to sex

The commission said the defence that a man ‘honestly believed’ the woman had consented, even if that belief was unreasonable, should be replaced

How women dress or behave not relevant to consent, says Law Reform Commission

 Det Insp Mark O’Neill during a  media briefing at Kevin Street Garda station in Dublin following the sentencing of Boy A and Boy B for the murder of 14-year-old Anastasia Kriégel in May 2018.

Force took care not to create any procedural lines of defence for two teenage accused

 Geraldine and Patric Kriégel at the Criminal Courts of Justice after the sentencing hearing. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ana Kriégel’s parents say justice was served, as Boy A and B sentenced for her killing

Refugees and migrants  wait on a ship of the Greek coastguard, at the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016. File photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Kind, founded by Angelina Jolie and Microsoft, has provided support to 22,000 children in US

Bushra Ibrahim was employed at the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau,  Sherriff Street, Dublin, between June 2013 and June 2017.

Woman takes action over dismissal from cultural bureau in Dublin two years ago

The president of the Brazilian chamber of deputies, speaker Rodrigo Maia, during his visit to Ireland, on an invitation by the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl. Photograph: Alan Betson

Senior Brazilian politician tells The Irish Times new laws will take fight to deforesters

More than half a billion euro has been invested since the Immigrant Investor Programme was introduced in 2012, with the bulk of that occurring in the past number of years. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 200 business investors and charity donors became Irish residents this year

Cyclists and local residents held a vigil at the scene where a cyclist was killed on Friday  morning near  St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Man, who gardaí are still working to identify, is eighth cyclist to die on State’s roads in 2019

This sign on the outskirts of Ballyconnell, Co Cavan a few hundred feet from the border with Co Fermanagh was removed by gardaí. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Contractor declined to remove signs because of risks involved, letters show

The woman, who cannot be identified least that identify her former student, was clutching a number of folded paper tissues and mostly kept her eyes to the floor. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Judge said what teacher did was ‘completely unethical’

Approximately 28,000 road traffic prosecutions are in jeopardy following a High Court decision. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Court rules that a change to Road Traffic Act goes against constitutional right to fair trial

An initial fixed-charge notice for driving while holding a mobile phone can be settled with the payment of €60 within 28 days. If paid within 28-56 days, the charge is €90. After 56 days, a summons is issued. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Constitutionality ‘conundrum’ casts doubt over fair trials for range of traffic offences

He Xiangdong, China’s ambassador to Ireland, and Irish Times journalist Colm Keena at the ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Chinese ambassador on Uighur ‘camps’, Huawei, Trump’s trade war and buying Irish beef

AIB Mortgage Bank is seeking to repossess a property in Dublin belonging to   MEP Mick Wallace. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Debt for property in Clontarf purchased in 2004 now stands at more than €900,000

The two cases against e-scooters are understood to be among of the first such cases to come before the court. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two incidents brought by same garda go before District Court in Dublin

Aoife Bennett: Her family claims the administration of the Pandemrix vaccine to combat   swine flu  was badly mismanaged.   Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Aoife Bennett (26) claims the swine flu vaccination caused her to develop the condition

Aoife Bennett of Naas, Co Kildare pictured at the Four Courts for the continuation of her High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

Aoife Bennett claims she developed narcolepsy after getting swine flu vaccine

In the letter, Mr Justice George Birmingham of the Court of Appeal wrote: ‘Our concern was not necessarily with the number of applicants but with the quality of applicants.’ Photograph: Collins Courts.

Letter reminds public service pay body of view expressed previously about judicial recruitment

Aoife Bennett is suing the Minister for Health, the HSE, Glaxosmithkline (GSK) Biologicals SA, and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which has responsibility for authorising and monitoring medicines in Ireland. Photograph: Collins Courts

Aoife Bennett says she developed condition after receiving anti-swine flu vaccine in school

A spokesman for the New IRA, the organisation responsible for the murder in Derry earlier this year of the 29-year-old journalist, Lyra McKee, speaking on Channel 4 News. Photograph: Channel 4 News

Spokesman for terrorist group says Border infrastructure would be ‘legitimate target’

Aoife Bennett from Naas, Co Kildare, at the Four Courts last Friday, where she is taking a High Court action against the Minister for Health, the HSE, GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA and the HPRA. Photograph: Collins Courts

Young woman alleges she developed condition after being administered Pandemrix

The Disclosures Tribunal is investigating allegations made by Garda Nick Keogh. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Garda Nick Keogh’s says he was targeted after he made protected disclosure

The whereabouts of Lisa Smith, the former Irish soldier who became a supporter of Islamic State, are now unknown. File photograph: BBC screengrab

Former Irish soldier believed to be among hundreds of Isis supporters who escaped

The man is the already the subject of a file which is currently being reviewed by the DPP, arising from an suspected rape in December of last year.

Alleged assault on woman said to have happened on Friday night

Levent Murat Burhan, the Turkish Ambassador to Ireland: “We had to counter this threat. We tried diplomacy and dialogue for years.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Targets are ‘terrorist elements’ and ‘top priority is to protect the civilians’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan speaking earlier this year ahead of the referendum to amend the constitutional provisions on divorce. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister is also to introduce measures on recognition of UK divorces due to Brexit threat

 A solicitor said the only way to sort the matter out would be to serve fixed-penalty notices in such a way as delivery was fully recorded. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Act treats the same those who choose not to pay charge and those who do not receive it

Mr Justice Michael Peart: retirement. Photograph: Ronan Quinlan/Collins

Six judges be appointed immediately and seventh upon retirement of Mr Justice Peart

Pat and Mary Bennett, parents of Aoife Bennett of Naas, Co Kildare, at   the Four Courts on Tuesday  after the opening day of a High Court action taken by their daughter, Aoife. Photograph: Collins Courts

Aoife Bennett says she developed narcolepsy after taking anti-swine flu product in 2009

Jamie O’Gorman (24), from Sallynoggin, Dún Laoghaire, is pictured on his first day at the Law Library having been called to the Bar after receiving a Denham Fellowship. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Denham Fellowship helps people from disadvantaged areas to pursue law career

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Limited liability partnership means partners will not be personally liable for a firm’s debts

Eugene Kelly, solicitor Darragh Mackin, Antoinette Keegan and MEP Lynn Boylan,  at a press conference by the Stardust victims’ families group following the announcement of new inquests. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New witness evidence available, solicitor for victims group says

Rossa Fanning SC told a conference fraud was not particularly prevalent, Irish people were not particularly dishonest, and judges were not “getting it wrong”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Some barristers are being ‘rewarded for failure’ by insurers. says Rossa Fanning

Liam McCaffrey, John ‘Bosco’ O’Hagan, Dara O’Reilly, John McCartin and Tony Lunney, brother of Kevin Lunney, lead the rally of support by the staff of Quinn Industrial Holdings  in Derrylin on September 20th, a few days after the attack on Kevin Lunney. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Kevin Lunney and John McCartin threatened on social media, in person and in correspondence

A general view of Ringsend Road in Dublin. Photograph: Google Maps

Victim in his 60s was carrying out contract work in block on Ringsend Road

Minister for Agriculture and Food  Michael Creed: intends to set up   a beef sector task force. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Agriculture and Food Michael Creed to set up task force if blockades end

David Sterling, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, said he was particularly concerned about what will happen if it is left without ministerial direction in the event of a no-deal exit.

David Sterling warns of price rises, disruption of normal life in event of no-deal Brexit

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Will leaves money to party in Republic, where donations are limited to €2,500

Siobhán Whelan and her husband Andrew pictured with a photograph of their son Conor James Whelan at his inquest at Cavan courthouse in 2016. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Committee decides the evidence presented could not support a finding against doctor

An image of the then Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams giving an address at a party ardfheis in 2008. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

William Hampton battled over his father’s estate while travelling the world in a camper van

View of Stoneybatter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Reduction in number of lanes will allow for a new green space in Dublin area

The Department of Justice and Equality unit that operates the Immigrant Investor Programme says charities have been asked to make payments to secure donations of €500,000. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Finders’ fees not allowed in Immigrant Investor Programme, department warns

In its review, the Department of Justice said that the risks from the Irish scheme were minimal because of its size. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

About 800 applications approved to date

 Beef Plan Movement co-chairs Hugh Doyle and Eamon Corley. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Talks due to take place in Department of Agriculture

Marcos and Ginger Wroblewski outside 101 Seville Place in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Colm Keena

About 60 people, including families with children, have been ordered to vacate Dublin city properties

The US needs to catch up with Europe on data protection in order to protect its democracy, a data activist who took Cambridge Analytica to court has said. File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Prof David Carroll, subject of ‘The Great Hack’, issues warning during Dublin visit

 Siobhan Whelan and her husband Andrew pictured with a photograph of their son Conor James Whelan at his inquest at Cavan courthouse in 2016. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Lawyer for obstetrician seeks to have inquiry halted due to conflicts over evidence

The hearing before the fitness-to-practise committee of the Medical Council opened on Monday. Image: Google

Fitness-to-practise hearing involves woman whose son died 17 hours after he was born

Independent farmers and supporters protesting outside Meadow Meats in Rathdowney, Co. Laois, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some protestors have told the High Court they will not obstruct meat processors

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