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

Bertie Ahern: “How much money will the British government allocate post-2020 to substitute EU-financed programmes that operate in Northern Ireland?” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former taoiseach says hard Border debate has obscured loss of EU’s financial support

The Gsoc staff member under investigation was responsible for carrying out an investigation into a garda who was involved in a road traffic incident involving a member of the public. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Officer under investigation also accused of several other instances of malpractice

If there is a no-deal Brexit,  Britain will leave the EU and all its accompanying regulations and treaties,  including in the area of air travel. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/ Bloomberg

Taoiseach’s warning repeated by Aviation Authority and European Commission

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking  to the media at Derrynane House, Kerry this week Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Editorial in pro-Brexit newspaper calls Mr Varadkar a ‘fool’

The Government must move to reduce legal aid payments and Garda overtime rates, a series of expenditure reports warn. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Policing will be put under pressure unless costs are tackled, new reviews claim

Investigators were satisfied there was a single discharge of a Garda weapon  on the raid on a house in Dublin, a Gsoc spokesman said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Incident occurred during raid carried out by Emergency Response Unit in Dublin

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan   and Chief Justice Frank Clarke: Amending legislation creates “constant and shifting uncertainty” in the interpretation of the law, says Mr Justice Clarke.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Clearer legislation will make resolution of litigation more efficient, claims Frank Clarke

The Annual Report of the Courts Service for 2017 was presented  by the Chief Justice Frank Clarke to Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Court Service report shows number of rape cases up 22% but repossession hearings falling sharply

Prof Walsh said the Policing Authority lacked a “democratic mandate in any meaningful sense” as its members were selected by the government from a shortlist provided by the Public Appointments Service

Policing Authority a ‘pale shadow’ of equivalent bodies in other countries

People attempted to rest on the floor

Airline says ‘small number’ of passengers treated as a precaution after the incident

The Central Statistics Office said it would not publish Garda statistics on domestic violence. Photograph: NCDV

We have no way of telling if it’s the same here because of the quality of Garda statistics

Nearly half  of offenders ignored court summonses for failing to pay fines for not paying tolls on the M50. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tolls cost drivers using route nearly €150m last year, as changes to VAT rules kick in

A patient is prepared to receive ECT at a hospital in North Carolina. Photograph: Getty Images

Treatment improved patient symptoms in 93 per cent of cases

Ana Kriegel. Photograph: family handout.

Body of Ana Kriegel was found at a disused farmhouse in May

Focus Ireland: more families are entering homelessness, and more families are exiting homelessness than ever before

Focus Ireland report finds landlords evicting tenants to sell properties is primary cause of family homelessness

Senator Frances Black called the settlements ‘a gross violation of international law’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Seanad to vote on legislation prohibiting importation of goods from illegal settlements

The gun fell out of the boot of a Garda SUV in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Clearly something went wrong’: Flanagan says incident is ‘matter of grave concern’

Staff working in Cloverhill say the number of mentally ill people being sent there by the courts is unprecedented. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lack of room in Central Mental Hospital means ill offenders in prison for long periods

 Former senator and minister of state Ivor Callely who was given a suspended sentence for  a campaign of harassment and criminal damage against a GP.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hidden camera showed ‘childlike behaviour’ of ex-TD throwing rubbish around room

The Four Courts, Dublin. Senior judges including the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, have been unusually vocal in their opposition to the legislation. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Anti-corruption body asks Government to reconsider controversial legislation

Plumes of smoke billow from the Slieve Bloom mountains as gorse fires continue to burn. Photograph: Tom O'Hanlon

Fire fighters rescue baby fawn from blaze in Slieve Bloom Mountains as gorse fires burn

Come in the water's fresian: Calves on John Tilson’s farm at Gartnaskill, Co Cavan, cool off in the warm weather. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Irish Water extends hosepipe ban to rest of country as heatwave continues

Since 2008, the 30-day mortality rate for heart attacks after hospital admission has decreased by 42 per cent.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Increasing numbers of women opting to give birth via Caesarean section, report shows

John Allen, front, and members of  VOCADS outside the Dáil to mark a motion due before the house on a redress scheme for victims of convicted child sex abusers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dáil to vote today on whether to expand scheme set up following O’Keeffe judgment

The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service has ordered a review of all outstanding rape and sexual assault cases to check if disclosure rules were followed

Modern technology and social media has led to huge increase in material that must be disclosed at trial

Cameron Reilly (18) was attacked and strangled in the early hours of May 26th

Main suspect is 18-year-old that victim was friendly with

People gather for the start of the Dublin Pride Parade. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

LGBTI+ activists express concerns that the event is now more of a festival than a protest

The crowd at the  Dublin Pride Parade. Photograph: Tom Honan

This year’s event marks 25 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality

Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum: The hospital, located on 34 acres of well-groomed lawns,  sits behind an 18ft wall in south Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Due to move from Dundrum in 2020, this Victorian-era facility is completely unfit for purpose

MacLochlainn commission finds serious failings in follow-up investigation

Sherry Perreault,  head of lobbying regulation at the Standards in Public Office Commission. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Ex-public servant refused exception after Sipo said new firm had been lobbying the applicant

The Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children had told the Government   data protection issues were creating a ‘very serious deficiency’ in the system set up to prevent clerical sex abuse. Image: Getty

Catholic dioceses refusing to share details of abuse suspects, citing data protection law

Staff working in Cloverhill say the number of mentally ill people being sent there by the courts is unprecedented. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fewer prisoners are getting temporary release

Last year several prisons’ visiting committees reported their concerns on the impact of criminal gangs on prison life. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish Prison Service says up to 14 gangs operating across Ireland’s 11 prisons

Proportion of prison inmates casting postal ballots has declined over the past decade

More than 70 per cent (7,199) of the complaints resulted from suspected incidents in services, such as care homes or nursing homes. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Older women are particularly at risk, according to safeguarding body

Emma MhicMhathuna has said the delay by the HSE in sending files to the scoping inquiry ‘shows how incompetent they are’. Photograph: Collins Courts

Public Accounts Committee hears the HSE is currently auditing 46 additional cases

A redacted Garda photo of SUVs seized on Wednesday in west Dublin.  Photograph:   Garda Press Office

Vehicles worth an estimated €700,000 are taken from a Dublin car dealership

 Cloverhill Courthouse in west  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin man was due to appear on robbery charges at courthouse adjoining prison

Policing Authority criticises delay in receiving answers from Garda

The jury was instructed by Judge Keenan Johnson that “the only logical verdict” was not guilty by reason of insanity

State conceded accused was legally insane at the time of road collision that killed teenager

CCTV cameras in Duleek, Co Meath.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Data Protection Commissioner to begin investigation into such projects next month

 Dr John Lawlor, chief executive, Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Board warns it will have to close its office in coming weeks if State funding not restored

High Court Judge Mr Justice David Keane has put ten questions to the two lawyers about their conduct which they must answer within 14 days, including why the solicitor instructed a trainee barrister and why the barrister accepted the case.

Solicitor for Polish criminal ordered to personally reimburse the State’s legal costs

Bray Boxing Club murder: gardaí at Pete Taylor’s sports club, where Bobby Messett was shot. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Bobby Messett was not the target. Another assassination ends in the death of an unintended victim

All of those serving life sentences in Irish prisons are there for either homicide offences (327) or serious sexual offences (12). File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prisons have been struggling to stem traffic of illicit mobile phones into facilities for years

In-cell phones are being piloted in the Independent Living Skills Unit in Wheatfield Prison in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Internal report also suggests rehabilitation should start as soon as sentences begin

An image of Bobby Messett. Photograph: Facebook

Bobby Messett was a ‘sports fanatic’ who was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’

Gardaí are asking for more Armed Support Units (ASUs) to help police the estimated 208 crossings along the 500km Border. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Donegal-based GRA members warn they are not equipped to tackle current threats

Among the issues being examined is the provision of legal aid to victims to allow them their own legal representation during the trial. Photograph: Getty

Minister promised to examine ‘cold process’ for victims after Belfast rape trial

Flowers at the entrance to a factory in front of the field where the body of 18 year old Cameron Reilly was found in Dunleer, Co. Louth last Saturday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí investigating student’s death seek information on altercation outside chip shop

Cameron Reilly was found dead in a field in Dunleer.

Investigators search for victim’s phone as they try to piece together his final hours

 Garda James Morrisroe: “Nobody seems to know what’s going to happen so, from a security point of view and representing our members, it is a worry.”

Gardaí concerned Border would drive subversives’ recruitment of young people

Just 63 gardaí and 37 reserve officers are from ethnic backgrounds. The two non-Irish nationalities with the highest representation are Chinese (20) and Polish (12). Photograph: Eric Luke

Lack of diversity on force a ‘time bomb’, claims Garda Representative Association

Picture of Dessie Fox’s car at the scene of the murder in Prosperous, Co Kildare, from the front page of the Irish Times on October 1st, 1990. Photograph: Eamon Farrell

Bookmaker was driving to race meeting when car halted by a number of armed men

Speaking at the Garda Representative Association conference in Wexford, Garda Lisa McEntee said she has been assaulted multiple times during her 16 years of frontline policing. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Commissioner asked to vastly increase mental health support for members

The body of, 24-year-old Filipina murder victim, Jastine Valdez arriving at Dublin Airport on Tuesday morning, from where she will be repatriated, and buried in her native Philippines. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Dónall Ó Cualáin says deaths of Ana Kriegel, Jastine Valdez, Cameron Reilly ‘appalled public’

The Garda Representative Association’s annual conference is focusing on the lack of training provided to front line gardaí. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘I can shoot a target or a piece of wood from 20ft away but I’m not told how to duck or dive’

The introduction of body cameras for police officers in the UK has greatly reduced the amount of complaints being made against police, GRA president Garda Ciarán O’Neill said at the start of the association’s annual conference in Wexford. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Garda management examining the cost of outfitting members of force with ‘body cams’

Cameron Reilly was found dead in a field in Dunleer.

Gardaí believe student may have been strangled and are seeking his mobile phone

One victim said she was asked by a garda if she was telling the truth. “She said it’s just that Garda X said you’re a liar or a very good actor or maybe both.” Photograph: Getty

One woman was told by garda he would be too embarrassed to take her statement

Cameron Reilly   was found dead in a field in Dunleer

Inquiry under way after postmortem confirms teenager died in ‘violent circumstances’

Mark Hennessy body leaves O’Donavan’s funeral home in Sallynoggin, Dublin. Photograph: Pádraig O’Reilly

Mourners asked to keep Valdez family in their thoughts

Armed officers arrived at scene in Priorswood after shots fired

Jastine Valdez: gardaí have yet to establish if Mark Hennessy first encountered his 24-year-old victim in the Bray restaurant where she worked part-time

The ‘Garda Incident’ began at 7.57pm on May 19th, with a tip-off from a female caller

 The Children’s Court must  abide by the Children Act 2001 which states that prison, or detention as it is known in juvenile cases, should only be used as a last resort

The Children Act 2001 defines the age of criminal responsibility as 12 years

Garda van leaving the Children’s Court in Dublin after a  13-year-old boy appeared at a special sitting on Friday evening and was charged over the death of Anastasia Kriegel (14). Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Judge warns reporters and social media users of boy’s legal entitlement to anonymity

The derelict house and farmyard on the Clonee Road, Lucan where the body of Anastasia ‘Ana’ Kriegel was found. Photograph: Collins

Accused said nothing except to confirm to the judge that it was his first time in court

Ana Kriegel murder: the four-day gap between the teenager’s death and the discovery of her body should have little effect on the quality of DNA samples, according to forensics sources. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Boy says he was attacked on his way home from park where teenager vanished

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