John Barrett:  featured  in the Disclosures Tribunal report which found much of his evidence “had an imaginative element”.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda Commissioner requests Minister take immediate action against John Barrett

Rebecca Kelly suffered a serious head injury when she fell on the Luas tracks in 2010. Photograph: Collins Courts

Rebecca Kelly, who received more than €550,000 for injuries, conceded her own actions played a significant role in the incident

Amanda Carroll  was described by a neighbour as a ‘lovely lady’ and well liked in the area. Photograph: Facebook

Amanda Carroll (33) described as a ‘lovely woman’ and ‘bubbly’ by her neighbours

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “There are many complex strands to this work.” Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

New framework will let adults with mental disabilities make decisions over their lives

Gardaí say Deferred Prosecution Agreements avoid the risk of large companies with multiple workers going out of business as a consequence of  prosecution. File photograph: Getty Images

Law Reform Commission running the rule over Deferred Prosecution Agreements

According to garda figures, 28,454 motorists were speed-checked in the first three hours of National Slow Down Day on Friday with 44 being caught speeding. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí launch high visibility operation to reduce speeding

In Europe children account for over 20 per cent of trafficking victims, with most of them aged between 15 and 17. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nigerian networks allow movement of underage victims to northern EU states

Following the attack investigators arrested a 27-year-old local man who had handed himself in and charged him with assault. File photograph: Frank Miller

Local man charged with assault

Monthly and annual Dublin Bus tickets will increase by between 2% and 4.5%. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Transport authority ‘very disappointed’ with rejection of College Green plaza plan

Detectives have made significant progress in the investigation into the death of Jamie Tighe Ennis in recent weeks. File photograph: Getty

Two other suspects still in custody

 IFA Director General Damian McDonald, deputy president Richard Kennedy and president Joe Healy listen to Tánaiste Simon Coveney addressing the IFA national council in Dublin. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

People are no longer bothering to report incidents, says Irish Farmers’ Association

Peter Casey and his wife Helen at the EPIC centre in Dublin for the official launch of his presidential campaign. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Presidential candidate claims group showed poor leadership over Thurles dispute

 Candidates (from left) Peter Casey; Liadh Ní Riada; Gavin Duffy and Joan Freeman before last night’s debate. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Live debate on Claire Byrne show included just four of the six candidates

The scene in Moatview Avenue in Coolock where Jamie Tighe Ennis was shot dead. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three men and youth held over death of 24-year-old who died of gunshot wounds to head

File photograph of an Army bomb disposal team.

Gardaí found suspicous package was empty

Supt David Taylor requested he be allowed retire the day after he  was suspended from his duties.  Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Garda Commissioner expected to accept Supt Taylor’s retirement shortly

Notices to vacate are placed on the mobile homes  off Prussia Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Homes at Dublin’s Prussia Street described by the High Court as ‘like a bomb about to go off’

Supt Dave Taylor at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former Garda press office chief found to have helped smear Sgt Maurice McCabe

Mr Justice  Charleton  didn’t hold back in his opinion of Tusla’s filing system. In fact, it could not be dignified by calling it a system, he said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tusla comes out of the Disclosures Tribunal more damaged than the Garda

Sgt Maurice McCabe at the Disclosures Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Policing Authority notes Charleton’s comments on appointment of senior gardaí

Mr Justice Charleton accepted evidence by HSE staff member Laura Brophy about how she made the mistake and called it an ‘horrendous coincidence’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tribunal criticises agency’s response to error on Sgt McCabe’s file

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Charleton rejects some of former commissioner’s evidence but finds she took no part in smear campaign

From left: Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe; Supt Dave Taylor; former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan; former Garda commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan; Mr Justice Peter Charleton. File photographs: The Irish Times

Profiles of figures who played critical parts in the long-running Garda whistleblower saga

Sgt Maurice McCabe leaving the Disclosures Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A guide to the nine broad accusations of misconduct examined by the tribunal

Specialist gardaí also regularly fail to notify Gsoc within the required time period when they use Taser guns.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Figures show failure to notify Gsoc about using the spray within 48 hours

App advises clients to practise ‘mock raids’ and appoint staff to ‘shadow’ investigators

Adrienne Cullen: “I trust the integrity of the investigators.” Photograph: Judith Jockel

Five years on, one of the leading hospitals in The Netherlands finally agrees to inquiry

Part of the reason for the large increase in the seizure of steroids and other substances is increased activity by authorities in cracking down on illegal medications. Photograph: iStock

Authorities seized significant amounts of sedatives and erectile dysfunction drugs

A photograph from Flightradar24 showing empty skies over Ireland during last night’s  system failure

Failure affected air traffic control hub in Ballycasey which services Shannon and Cork airports as well as transatlantic flights

The Bishops acknowledged the “anger and dismay” of people in response to reports of widespread clerical sex abuse of children. Photograph: iStock

Rights of religious communities to engage in public debate must be respected, conference states

To date, Ben Gilroy has been a party to at least 16 High Court cases and has been held in contempt of court three times. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ben Gilroy also forbidden from acting as legal adviser to others

The incident took place in a restricted area of the Coombe hospital which requires a key code to gain access. Photograph: Google Street View

Midwife disturbed thief in restricted area of Dublin’s Coombe as handbag stolen

In 2017, there were  99 unexpected deaths of disabled residents notified to Hiqa and 57 outbreaks of notifiable diseases. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

899 claims of physical, psychological, sexual and financial abuse in nursing homes

There were 2,566 reports of serious injuries to residents in nursing homes last year. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Watchdog received 4,600 complaints in 2017, including sexual and physical abuse

Det Supt Gerard Walsh of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said he hoped the phone line would provide an idea of the scale of corruption offences in Irish society and if the unit required more resources.

High perception of corruption ‘not reflected in reports to Garda’

Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus wrote in her 2017 annual report there is considerable pressure on resources in relation to the international work undertaken by her office.

Over 200 requests for assistance made to US as child pornography prosecutions rise

During the first quarter of 2017 there were 69 people in the Oberstown facility in north Dublin, all of them males aged 13-18.

Vast majority of young people at Oberstown also had drink or drug problems

Close up of man with his head in his hands on black.

One in seven reported thoughts of suicide as a result, survey suggests

Social media guidelines are being drafted by a committee made up of the presidents of all five court divisions including the chief justice Frank Clarke (above). Photograph:  Lorraine O’Sullivan/Sharppix

Issue brought into focus by recent Jobstown and Belfast trials

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said  there is large-scale under-reporting of sexual offences. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Alcohol, under-reporting and lack of understanding make it difficult to measure extent of problem

Pro-choice activism will need to continue for up to five more years to ensure all women have access to safe and legal abortion, the Abortion Rights Campaign has said. File photograph: Nic Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Medic expresses concern over planning for new law as seventh ‘March for Choice’ announced

President Michael D  Higgins at Tallaght Stadium. Higgins’s supporters said he would formally launch his campaign on Wednesday.  Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Event postponed until Thursday when candidates for presidency officially confirmed

 Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Woman who confronted President Higgins could have ‘wreaked havoc’ says Labour

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney and his Palestinian counterpart Riad al-Malki deliver a joint address on the stalled Middle East pease process. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government considering hosting meeting of Arab leaders aimed at restarting stalled talks

Bunny Carr’s final journey: Mass at St Fintan’s Church, Sutton, was followed by burial at St Fintan’s Cemetery, Sutton. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Mourners at funeral Mass told of enduring devotion to wife Joan who died 13 years ago

Dr Peter McKenna said preventable brain damage in normally formed infants is the “single biggest risk” in the health service. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Avoidable injury to infants in childbirth an ‘egregious insult’, senior doctor says

Belgian authorities declared some loot box systems to be illegal gambling and compelled major game developers to remove such features in games sold in the country. Above, gamers play the video game Star Wars Battlefront II  during the Paris Games Week last year. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

‘Loot boxes’ in games such as Fifa and Star Wars Battlefront are under Irish scrutiny

John Costello, head  of the Parole Board: “In England over the five-year period from 2011 over £1 million was paid to prisoners because of delayed parole hearings.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

10 per cent of Ireland’s prison population is made up of life sentence prisoners

Crowds at  the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg.

Crime gangs targeting farms are bypassing sophisticated tracking systems

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina are pictured at the  National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Michael D Higgins says farm families of ‘vital importance’ and should not be abandoned

Gardaí in front of a house in Dublin city centre where activists were removed by a private security firm on foot of a court order last week. Photograph: Jack Power

Minister for Justice says use of face coverings by gardaí disturbing

 Presidential hopeful Peter Casey. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Artist Kevin Sharkey withdraws from ‘farcical’ presidential process

If implemented immediately the court ruling would have led to the immediate release of 93 involuntary patients, including 15 from the Central Mental Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ruling of unconstitutionality affects nearly 100 patients held in mental health facilities

Irish prisons: warring gangs use threats and acts of violence against other inmates, their family members and staff. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

The nine gangs in Irish jails mirror the outside world in their growing power and violence

“When a family member applies to have another family member involuntarily detained, it can have a lasting and sometimes negative impact on the family relationship,”says  Rosemary Smyth of the Mental Health Commission.

Watchdog says use of HSE ‘authorised officer’ can avoid negative impact on family relations

Pictured during a mock mental health tribunal are (from left) Dr Maria Frampton, tribunal consultant; Ann Donnell, tribunal chair, and Mary Rose Tobin, tribunal lay member. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mental Health Commission stages mock hearing to demonstrate how tribunals operate

Drew Harris, previously Deputy Chief Constable of  the Police Service of Northern Ireland, will take over as Garda commissioner on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

ICCL calls for ‘scrutiny’ of intelligence efforts as Drew Harris set to become commissioner

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

The overall marriage rate fell slightly in the first part of 2018 from 2.9 per 1,000 (3,459) to 2.8 per 1,000 (3,351). The number of same-sex marriages also continued to fall. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Figures show that natural growth rate has slowed every quarter since 2017

National Crime Agency handout photo of Border Force cutter HMC Vigilant intercepting a catamaran off the south west coast of Cornwall. Photograph:  NCA/PA Wire

At least 500kg of cocaine was destined for the south coast of England

Áras an Uachtaráin  said President Michael D Higgins would make a statement about his election campaign arrangements when he lodges his nomination papers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Businessman Peter Casey joins fellow TV ‘dragons’ in race to secure nomination

Guard of Honour at the official opening of Kevin Street Garda Station, DMR South Central HQ in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister thanks Ó Cualáin for ‘steady’ service to the State at opening of new Garda station

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan inspects a guard of honour at the official opening of the new Kevin Street Garda station  in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Minister insists incoming Garda chief will bring experience and expertise to force

The proposed site for the prison-themed cafe is located near Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: iStockphoto

Irish Prison Service seeks to open eatery that will employ ex-offenders near Mountjoy

Gardaí charged 42 people with 168 money-laundering offences in 2017.

Banks and financial institutions reported over 24,000 suspect transactions in 2017

An ‘essential worker pass’ will be required for those travelling past Garda cordons during Saturday and Sunday

Lynn Ruane says it is ‘disrepectful’ to require staff to produce badge for crossing Garda cordons

The man was found ill in his cell at the Midlands prison in Portlaoise. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

No negative findings against Irish Prison Service or its staff in relation to man’s death

More than 41,000 people in Europe have been infected with measles in the first half of this year. according to the World Health Organisation. Some 76 cases have been recorded in Ireland.

Record levels of infection blamed by health experts on drop off in vaccinations

Victims are not eligible for compensation if they were an abuser’s first victim or if the abuser’s other victims had declined to come forward for whatever reason.

Judge reviewing compensation scheme to report within two weeks

Declan O’Callaghan, who is facing suspension by the High Court. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Mary Devine O’Callaghan’s husband Declan faces suspension by the High Court

A 2016 Eurobarometer survey showed that 11 per cent of Irish respondents believed that being drunk or on drugs may make having sexual intercourse without consent justified.

Studies show many jurors believe alcohol or clothing can justify non-consensual sex

NTPF chief executive Liam Sloyan said it may start looking at addressing the outpatient list once the inpatient list is brought under control. Photograph: Eric Luke

Scheme has succeeded in helping to reduce inpatient lists since last year

In June, 511,415 people were waiting on an out-patient procedure.

Total of 511,675 people waiting on an out-patient procedure in July

Researchers concluded that the vaping process itself increases the damage caused by the e-cigarette fluid. Photograph: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Effects similar to those seen in smokers and lung disease suffers

Little evidence of ‘tsunami’ of repossessions, says expert

A online post by Peter McDonnell Legal

CervicalCheck problems could prove a valuable revenue stream for medical negligence firms

Journalist and blogger Dara Quigley (36), who died on April 12th 2017, five days after being stopped by gardaí on Harcourt Street and detained under the Mental Health Act 2001

‘We’ve just being met with three things - delay, distract and defer’

Dara Quigley who died on April 12th, 2017

Disciplinary sanctions may still be imposed, says Gsoc

Winning goal scored by captain Gary Messett just two months after father’s murder

Since the controversy broke more than 57,000 women have had new smear tests conducted resulting in the build-up of a large backlog. Photograph: Rafe Swan/Cultura/Getty

The ‘good news story’ surrounding the programme ‘has been somewhat lost’

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall (above) “couldn’t believe” complaints were not passed to his office, according to Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hiqa has undertaken to ensure relevant complaints are now handed over

Abuse survivor John Allen (left) with his application to the ECJ, fellow survivor Christopher Rainbow (right) and campaigner Mark Vincent Healy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

State has failed to implement O’Keeffe judgment, primary litigant John Allen alleges

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of the charges

Man to be prosecuted in North for allegedly naming complainant on social media

The ferry terminal has lain empty since 2015 when sailings ceased. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Planning permission granted for project developer says could support up to 1,000 jobs

Paul and Ruth Morrissey. Ms Morrissey was forced to take the witness stand for two days last week and deliver  personal testimony about her pain and the impact of her terminal illness on her young daughter. Photograph: Collins Courts

Legal ‘aggression’ by laboratories in recent weeks has caused surprise

Vicky Phelan is to meet the Taoiseach regarding the CervicalCheck debacle. Photograph: CourtPix

Cian O’Carroll accuses Taoiseach of being ‘irresponsible and of ‘mudding the issue’

The Property Services Regulatory Authority may impose major sanctions  on property agents who engage in improper conduct. To date it has done so on one occasion, in 2016, in a case involving McDonnell Properties of Ashford, Co Wicklow. File photograph: PA

Property Services Regulatory Authority dealt with 403 complaints of property agents operating without a licence

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland with Simon Coveney at the 2017 MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix

Bruised but defiant: After 38 years, Mulholland wonders if he still has a line on society

Former NI first minister Peter Robinson told   the MacGill Summer School in Glenties that the Republic’s relationship with the North  will never be the same again after Brexit. Photograph: North West Nespix

‘I don’t expect my own house to burn down but I still insure it because it could happen’

On the subject of Government investment, Central Bank governor Philip Lane said a long-term perspective must be taken when designing public investment programmes so they can “contain overheating pressures”.

Risk of repeating the mistakes seen in past down-turns, says Central Bank governor

MacGill Summer School’s founder and director Joe Mulholland plans to recruit a young researcher to help him recruit a wider variety of speakers. Photograph: Eric Luke

Criticism of Glenties gathering may be harsh but is not inaccurate for ‘Dublin 4 on tour’

Fr Kevin Hegarty says ‘Humanae Vitae’ probably undermined the church’s authority in the long run. Photograph: iStock

Catholic Church to become irrelevant unless it changes stance on women, sexuality , says priest

Vicky Phelan was diagnosed with terminal cancer last year after signs of the illness were missed in previous smear tests conducted under the CervicalCheck programme. She was not told her test had been misread until 2016. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap to launch patient advocacy group on the same day

Cora Sherlock: criticised the proposed abortion law which will compel anti-abortion doctors to refer women to colleagues willing to carry out the procedure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Advocate encouraged by number of young who engaged with anti-abortion movement

Vicky and Jim Phelan leaving the Four Courts after the announcement of a settlement of their High Court action for damages in April. Photograph: Collins Courts

Victim of CervicalCheck scandal says State contributed €25,000 to her €2.5m settlement

MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in Glenties, Co Donegal. Photograph:  North West Newspix

Fianna Fáil leader says how Taoiseach operates 'all about optics, all about spinning’

Fine Gael MEP Maireád  McGuinness told the summer school that  Irish spending on defence was the lowest in the EU at 0.3%  of GDP

French ambassador says his country does not view Ireland as neutral

Brendan Halligan: “The parties that were fashioned a century ago are being consigned by events to the dustbin of history.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ex-Labour party politician says democratic forces must realign to combat populism

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Divergence already exists in several areas, Tánaiste tells MacGill Summer School

Phil Hogan: “I think Trump has tapped into this nationalistic mood quite successfully.” Photograph: Alan Betson

EU agriculture commissioner says there is ‘very high probability’ of no-deal Brexit

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