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

Karen Harrington (35) has been charged with the murder of  two-year-old Santina Cawley in an apartment in Cork city last month. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts.

Accused must comply with strict conditions or face an immediate return to custody

“Just like multinational sales networks, corruption is a globalised phenomenon.”

Multinationals based here trade in some of the most corrupt markets in the world

A number of organisations are working together to try and establish a professional body focused on early childhood education and care. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Professional body would engage with Government over funding and staffing levels

The Criminal Justice (Corruption Practices) Act 2018 made it an offence to be involved in foreign corruption. It  covers bribery abroad by businesses based in the State.

Flaw arises over ‘dual criminality’ as bribery or corruption must also be crimes overseas

Litter around the Tolka River at Annesley Bridge, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Survey found stretches of Tolka, Barrow and Cork harbour ‘heavily littered’

University of Limerick president Dr Des Fitzgerald with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor at today’s conferring. Photograph: Sean Curtin/True Media

Dark forces at work who thrive by driving wedges between people, says Des Fitzgerald

Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin says that being a child of separated parents is ‘really hard’.

Child was due to start at primary school close to father’s home

Tenants can struggle to find new accommodation in the area where they have been living, at a price they can afford, according to Margaret McCormick, information officer with the Irish Property Owners’ Association

Refusals are reflection of supply crisis in housing, says Residential Tenancies Board

Canadian businessman Jack Kachkar. File photograph: Philippe Laurenson/Reuters

Jack Kachkar given 30 years in prison for deception that led to 1,500 job losses

Gerry Adams, while president of Sinn Féin, at a Friends of Sinn Féin fundraising dinner in New York in 2015. File photograph: Michael Nagle

The funds are owed to fundraising arm Friends of Sinn Féin over commemorations

High Court declaration comes after man alleged he was perjured in childcare proceedings

 President Michael D Higgins with   Roger Doyle at a ceremony marking the composers elevation to  Saoi by  Aosdána, which is in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts. . Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Previous holders of title include Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel and Seamus Heaney

The protest outside the Dublin offices of Val Issuer was organised by People Before Profit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Funds business Val Issuer has served notice to quit to tenants in number of older properties

US senators Charles Grassley and Marco Rubio have written to the US department of health last month expressing concern about genomic data being collected by companies in the US with links to China. File photograph: Getty

Fears mount Beijing could use DNA data for biological weapons via genetic mapping

US senators Marco Rubio, above, and  Charles Grassley, in a letter to the US department of health and human sciences last month, said the FBI ‘has identified national security risks related to sharing genomic data and recognises China as a primary source of those risks’. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

DNA data could be used by Chinese to devise biological weapons, say senators

A cervical cancer cell

HSE says it became aware of an IT issue at US laboratory analysing tests in February

Simon Harris described the situation as one of ‘great frustration, annoyance and worry’ for women. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

GPs to receive test results from today following IT glitch as HSE directly contacts ‘small number’ of 800 women

ESB Networks said the company had an appreciation of staff coming forward with their concerns.

Semi-State says claim represents ‘fundamental misinterpretation’ of clause

The judge dismissed five fraudulent damages claims for up to €300,000. Photograph: Stock image

‘Some solicitors should be more selective about who they take on,’ says Judge Jacqueline Linnane

Louise O’Keeffe pictured after a Supreme Court hearing in 2009. Photo Garrett White / Collins Court

State is ‘splitting hairs’ in treatment of people sexually abused in day schools says academic

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said legal costs and claims are going down yet insurance premiums are going up.

Doherty says claim that Ireland has ‘massive compo culture’ is simply not true

Total awards made in the High Court in 2018 were €57.5 million, down from €85.3 million the previous year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Effect of Court of Appeal rulings is not being seen at Circuit Court and District Court levels

In the event of disputes, families should ‘avoid court at all costs’. Photograph: iStock

Probate Bar Association was launched last week

There is automatic recognition, in almost all cases, in Ireland, of foreign divorces covered by an EU regulation called the Brussels II bis, but this would cease after Brexit.

Bar Council advises department of need for legislation to avoid ‘limping marriages’

DNA sequence. Photograph: iStock

Access to data will initially be given to pharma firms only for first ‘year or two’

The Four Courts in Dublin. The judicial council, once established, will set up a judicial conduct committee which will comprise eight judges and five lay people.

Guidelines could take up to three years to be produced, Fianna Fáil says

The arrest was  linked to investigations by personnel attached to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Suspect in 50s released without charge following questioning over alleged wrong-doing

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the Premier League. The league has become increasingly concerned at the rise in the number of people in Ireland using free or cheaper illegal web-based sports TV services. File photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Organisation lodges proceedings against broadband providers in Ireland

Matt Frei, Europe editor with Channel 4, speaking at the Ictu biennial congress in  Dublin. Photograph: Kevin Cooper Photoline

Matt Frei of Channel 4 says people more concerned about purity of their Brexit position than any benefits from leaving the EU

 Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy: it is galling “to see Larry Goodman make such huge profits . . . with an intricate web of transactions designed to avoid tax”. Photograph: Laura Hutton

IFA president says businessman ‘making millions on the backs of beef farmers’

Larry Goodman’s APB Food Group appears to be making increasing use of Luxembourg. File photograph: Alan Betson

Two of businessman’s companies with more than €700m in assets change residency

Larry Goodman’s Goodman Group is one of the most successful family-owned businesses in Ireland but it does not publish accounts that show its overall profit. File photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Group’s ABP business will be hugely affected by the Mercosur trade deal

The Four Courts. A history of Anthony McGann’s dealings with the bank were disclosed in an affidavit from the KBC Bank.

KBC Bank took possession of property on foot of court order last December

A burnt out vans  in the yard of the house which was the scene of an eviction in Strokestown, Co Roscommon last December. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Co Roscommon farm was scene of violence against security guards last December

Blackrock Clinic: battle over control of the clinic has taken yet another turn

Court hears that Liechtenstein foundation controls Goodman interest

Legislation allowing people access to medical cannabis on a limited basis over the next five years has been signed into law by Minister for Health Simon Harris.

Doctors may prescribe drug to treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy

Minister for Health  Simon Harris said he hoped the dispute would be referred to the Labour Court today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Harris says decision to strike on Wednesday before Labour Court talks is ‘extraordinary’

Siptu’s health division organiser Paul Bell attending talks in the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Planned strike by 10,000 support staff to have significant impact on services, says HSE

Rossa Fanning, senior counsel for Facebook, leaving Dublin’s Central Criminal Court during a break in Thursday’s contempt hearing. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Company gave Courts Service a dedicated email channel to raise matters of concern

Social media companies have been removing images that purport to identify the boys convicted of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriégel from their platforms.

Court hears another boy was wrongly identified as being one of the 14-year-olds

The news that the jury had reached a verdict came just a few minutes after 2pm. File photograph: Collins Courts

The Kriégels, looking exhausted, thanked members of the prosecution as they filed out of court

If a life sentence is given to a child, they serve their detention period in Oberstown detention centre (pictured) until they are past the age of 18, after which they are moved to an adult prison. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Life sentences currently average around 18 years, with children detained in Oberstown

A receptionist has been awarded €51,168 by the Labour Court. Photograph: iStock

Woman was offered ‘less favourable’ position when she returned to work after having baby

Oberstown children’s detention centre. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

‘If gardaí tried to take my phone now, I’d ask do they have a valid reason,’ says one

Aerial view of the Drumcondra portfolio.

Dublin site of 19 acres could include 1,200 apartments

Aerial view of the Drumcondra portfolio.

Religious congregations’ properties often located on land ripe for development

Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance Michael D’Arcy said it was the Government’s position that the “recalibration” of awards downwards would involve a number of factors. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael D’Arcy hopeful Bill establishing judicial council will become law by summer

Each injury type is given a price guide for compensation for associated pain and suffering in the Book of Quantum. Photograph: iStock

Government has focused on reducing overly generous court payouts for injury claims

Sir John Gillen recommended the continuance of the practice in Northern Ireland to identify those who are accused of rape, once they have been charged. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Law Reform Commission review will be similar to survey in North after Belfast rape trial

A person facing deportation can seek a judicial review of the order and also make an application for it to be revoked. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys says orders for deportation lead to appeals ‘ad nauseam’

Fees sought by the barristers who represented the Christian Brothers at the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse have been substantially reduced

Maxwells sought bill of €1.8m after initial payment of €2.2m for its work in 2005

In 2015, Mr Justice Michael Hanna awarded €40,000 to a woman who, in November 2011, received a “nasty injury” when she lost her balance and fell on an escalator at Dublin Airport. The claim was dismissed on appeal, and the award overturned

Government is hoping key rulings on settlements will alleviate the insurance crisis

Ian Bailey in Schull market. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

UL lecturer Dr Andrea Ryan believes matter likely to end up before Supreme Court again

While a European Arrest Warrant could be issued for Ian Bailey’s arrest, the Supreme Court has already ruled he cannot be extradited.

Supreme Court ruling of 2012 unchanged by Paris legal ruling, says extradition law expert

Sean Quinn said he had “huge anger” and still did against his senior executives and legal advisers when he found out, in March 2010, that assets owned by his insurance group had been used to support loans totalling €1.2 billion for other parts of his business empire. Photograph: Collins

Businessman tells inquiry he only learned of guarantees in March 2010

Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State in the Department of Finance,  has spoken of taking on the judges, the legal profession and the insurance companies in his effort to address increasing insurance premiums. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former attorney general John Rogers made comments at barristers’ conference

Leona O’Callaghan addresses the Bar Council conference Laws and Effects. Photograph: The Bar of Ireland/Twitter

Leona O’Callaghan urges changes to cross-examination in cases of sexual violence

 Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary,   lodged papers supporting his appeal on May 16th, a spokesman for the Courts Service has confirmed. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Quirke (50) was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for murder of alleged love rival

Former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, who is promoting a Rivada Networks plan for the US telecoms sector. Photograph: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove promoting Rivada Networks plan

Harry Zeman leaving court on Monday. Photograph: Colm Keena

Hearing likely to take up to five days and the Swedish man, Harry Zeman, is on legal aid

Word Perfect Translation Services has taken at least five sets of legal proceedings over recent years, most of them against the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, but also against An Garda Síochána. Photograph: iStock

Dublin group involved in expensive litigation with the State over tendering processes

 Eric Trump, the son of US president Donald Trump, arrived in Shannon on Saturday to visit the family’s hotel and golf resort in Doonbeg. Photograph: Press 22

Tánaiste says there was ‘certainly no row over Doonbeg versus other locations’

Simon Coveney: Ireland has to keep planning for the possibility that the UK will crash out of the European Union. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Irish political parties work together while UK parties are ‘unable to agree on anything’

Ball and socket elements of a contentious replacement hip device. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hundreds of field-safety corrective action notices issued each year over faulty devices

A burned out vehicle outside the house at Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Gang removed security men who had occupied house after residents were evicted

Referendum Commission chair Ms Justice Tara Burns speaking to students at the Dublin Adult Learning Centre in  Mountjoy Square on Tuesday.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland.

Referendum Commission chair told voters expect polls to be rerun until desired result comes

Since the Brexit vote, 2,722 English and Welsh solicitors have register the Law Society. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than €800,000 spent on getting names on Irish roll may have been in vain

Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring (right) with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and  Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe at at Sean Foster Place, North King Street, Dublin 7 for the sod turning ceremony on  a housing project. Photograph: Alan Betson

Court records show Nial Ring has been defendant in 16 sets of High Court proceedings since 2004

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he wished that people would read his judgment before commenting on it. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge criticises ‘hysterical’ commentary on ruling in media

 Mr Justice Kevin Cross gave lengthy consideration to the principals that should apply when deciding whether the inaccurate reading of slides in a screening programme constituted negligence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Justice Cross said some commentary on the Morrissey case was ill informed and ‘hysterical’

If local Civil Defence units were not providing the service, festival organisers would have to get  medical services from private contractors, which could cost  up to €4,000 for a 10-hour day. Photograph: iStock

Application for licence delayed as Department of Defence advised of liabilities involved

The Puck Fair is one of 600 festivals that could be under threat if the Civil Defence fails to renew its licence.

Department of Defence advised over liabilities in relation to licence

The mortuary at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Department of Justice said move taken in light of concerns expressed by consultant pathologists

Representatives from Rehab met  Minster for Health Simon Harris on Tuesday afternoon. File photograph: Dara McDonaill/The Irish Times

Representatives of healthcare charity seeking extra €2m from Minister for Health

Ruth Morrissey and husband Paul speaking outside Dublin’s High Court after winning her court case over misreadings of her cervical smear tests. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Cian O’Carroll insists judgment simply adopts what has been law in UK since 1999

Mr Justice Clarke said the former hotel in Temple Bar where Dublin family law disputes are mostly heard, is ‘wholly unsuitable’. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

New buildings needed as Four Courts is ‘beyond breaking point’ says Frank Clarke

 Ruth Morrissey and her husband, Paul,  outside the High Court after winning her court case over misreadings of her cervical smear tests.  Photograph: Michelle Devane/ PA Wire

Court threshold could be applied in dozens of cases of alleged misreading of smear tests

Ruth Morrissey outside the Four Courts: this  is the first CervicalCheck case in which a court has heard the evidence and delivered a ruling. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Morrissey decision sets legal precedent for negligence in screening programmes

 Patrick Quirke who was convicted of  the murder of Bobby Ryan.  Photograph: Collins

Appeal is likely to focus on decisions made by judge in response to legal arguments

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul outside the Four Courts on Friday at the conclusion of her case. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The  Irish Times

‘An Taoiseach told us none of us would have to go through this but unfortunately I’m the one who had to’

 Patrick Quirke and his wife Imelda  arriving at the Courts of Criminal Justice  where he was convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Prior to the jury’s decision being announced, the Ryan family members clutched hands, white knuckles revealing what they were goin(...)

Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Co Tipperary, pictured leaving court on Monday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Longest murder trial in history of the State ends as jury delivers majority verdict of 10 to two

Former Garda Sgt Maurice McCabe and his family have settled  11 High Court cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Settlement includes dropping of proceedings against former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

The Court of Appeal, in a three-judge decision written by Ms Justice Máire Whelan, pictured, upheld the decision  that the teenager should remain in special care.

Teenager was subject of care order in 2012 following violent attack on her mother

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: The issue is challenging but important to the placing of human rights at the core of the work of An Garda Síochána. Photograph: James Forde

Details of updated laws to be outlined to Government this year, says Minister

The mortuary at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Mortuary facilities in most State hospitals improved by recent capital investment

The wait for a criminal trail in the Dublin Circuit court is approximately one and a half years, a delay in part due to a number of exceptionally long trials.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Claire Loftus says pre-trial process would benefit juries, victims and witnesses

‘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

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