The judge found that while the delay to the decade-old proceedings was inordinate,  the balance of justice “just about” favoured not dismissing the case. Phograph: iStock

Eco-heating and ventilation systems installed in 12 Monaghan homes allegedly ineffective

The court dismissed an appeal by Sean O’Brien (62) because of a 26-year delay in prosecuting the case.

Firearm was discharged by an Irish Army soldier at Portlaoise prison 34 years ago

An action taken by the parents of a newborn baby who died ‘gasping for breath’ over a 13-hour period after doctors withdrew care has been opened before the High Court. Photograph: Getty Images

Couple take action against HSE over death of newborn son in Mullingar hospital in 2016

It will take between three and 18 months for a residential disability service to be available, judge hears

The judge said it appeared to her the outing would be in the man’s best interests, if it can be done safely. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Man anxious to see graves of relatives who have died in recent years, judge says

An American-based food producer has issued High Court proceedings against a Dublin food company it claims is selling pounded yam in “nearly identical” packaging to its own.

Wholesaler retails African and Caribbean products

The Beacon Court Hotel in Sandyford. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brother says Sandyford hotel was sold for €30m and he is owed €3.75m

Nessa Cahill SC said St Patrick’s Guild had handed over all of its records to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency in 2016, and her client has no means of accessing these.

Order claims documents essential in illegal adoption case brought by 100 year-old woman

Declan O’Callaghan, from Co Roscommon, denies the allegations made against him over legal services concerning the sale of lands in Co Mayo 16 years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tribunal acted ‘reasonably’ in adjourning inquiry about Declan O’Callaghan in 2020

The appeal before the Supreme Court centres on the extent to which the planning board should have considered and assessed the plant’s upstream consequences. Photograph: iStock

An Taisce has appealed order upholding permission for €140m factory

An Taisce accepts the supply of milk is not part of the Kilkenny development itself, but argues it could have “significant indirect effects” on the environment that should have been identified and assessed by the planning board. Photograph: iStock

An Taisce argues milk production is ‘significant indirect effect’ of development

The High Court has set aside third-party proceedings against concert promoters Denis and Caroline Desmond in a case taken over an alleged 2015 cycling accident on a ramp near their home in Killiney, Co Dublin.

Judge cites ‘inordinate and inexcusable’ delay over ramp issue that dates back 20 years

The judge stressed that her judgment is not a reflection of disbelief about the rights the woman claims or the difficulty of her situation.

The woman had sought order directing HSE to ensure appropriate hours of personal care

The Court found the Minister was not required to consider the emotional and social dependence of a  mother on her son in determining whether the test of dependency had been reached.

High Court had previously found that insufficient regard had been paid to issue of emotional dependency

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys gave permission on Monday for both challenges, which are unrelated, to proceed in the High Court.

An Bord Pleanála had granted planning for the developments in Dublin and Waterford

Philomena Lee (pictured) and Mary Harney, were chosen as test cases to address a core claim in eight  similar actions. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Women identifiable in commission report, not provided with a draft before submission to Minister

The High Court has ordered the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a decision on an application for an Irish passport for a child who was born in the UK via a surrogacy arrangement. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Judge says child an Irish citizen due to citizenship of his non-biological but legally recognised parent

An inquiry into allegations of professional misconduct against suspended Co Roscommon solicitor Declan O’Callaghan over a land sale should not be stopped, the High Court has been told. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal rejects claim that handling of Declan O’Callaghan’s case flawed

Pat Crean’s Atlas GP is looking to block Killiney residents appealing planning permssion for 255 homes in the south Dublin suburb. Photograph: Jason Clarke

In rival action, developer says appeal should be blocked as it is being funded by third party

When the case came before Mr Justice Richard Humphreys on Monday he was told the application could be struck out  as the matter had been resolved. Photograph: iStock

Local residents sought to quash the fast-track approval of the Crumlin site scheme

Supreme Court decision relates to case in which European arrest warrant was issued by Lithuania

The woman seeks declarations from the court, including that the failure to provide enough hours of care and assistance to allow her to participate adequately in her community and live independently amounts to a breach of her rights.

HSE visits to woman with multiple disabilites reduced on alternate weekend due to staff shortages

The judge said the plaintiff  had a “perfectly understandable” concern for his investment, but he had not established any immediate intention on the part of the respondents to dissipate the assets concerned. Photograph: iStock

Plaintiff sought to prevent firm from dissipating assets below level of his investment

An Taisce says An Bord Pleanála failed to have appropriate regard to the environmental effects of the off-site production of 450 million litres of milk required by the cheese plant.

Bord Pleanála failed to consider environmental effects of producing milk to supply plant, agency argues

At the High Court on Monday, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys adjourned until next week the appellant’s application for permission to bring his action

Action is aimed at quashing fast-tracked permission for more than 100 apartments

     Ms Justice Emily Egan found that Topaz had acted negligently and in breach of its statutory duty of care by failing to implement its health and safety procedures and measures by failing to provide Ms Quinn with a mobile panic alarm.

Theresa Quinn (35) was in conversation with the man when he was shot in the head

The Four Courts. Four former directors of a medical equipment supplier have agreed to accept liability for losses totalling €27 million, the High Court has heard.

Liquidator seeks disqualifications for members of same family, court told

Philomena Lee, now in her 80s, and Galway-based Mary Harney, who is in her 70s, both claimed the final report did not accurately reflect their evidence to the committee.

Mr Justice Garrett Simons said he will delay his judgement on challenges to report

     Mr Justice Mark Heslin granted the woman’s husband the declarations and orders sought after finding the coroner erred in law by refusing to permit the cross-examination.

The court hears claims the coroner was wrong to prevent family’s lawyer from cross-examining GP

Core grounds of the Ballyboden challenge include  the claim that the approval of the proposed build materially contravenes the development plan and the local area plan in relation to zoning.

Ballyboden Tidy Towns Group seeks court order quashing permission for six blocks

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys gave the Ballyboden Tidy Towns Group  permission to bring its judicial review action against An Bord Pleanála.

Order to quash permission for development off Stocking Lane in Rathfarnham sought

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment on a motion by An Bord Pleanála seeking clarification on the scope of an appeal over its approval for a cheese plant in Belview, Co Kilkenny.

An Taisce granted permission to appeal High Court judgment upholding the board’s permission for the €140 million Glanbia plant.

The normal term of bankruptcy is for one year, but this can be extended in cases of non-cooperation or non-disclosure of assets, he noted. Photograph: iStock

High Court extends businessman’s bankruptcy to last a total of 13 years

Friends of the Irish Environment brought the case against the Government, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Ireland and the Attorney General.

Friends of the Irish Environment claimed move fails to properly address climate change

Lorraine Costello and her husband James Costello were granted a five-year licence authorising them to thin woods ‘in accordance with the practice of good forestry’, the High Court heard.

Lorraine Costello brought a challenge to ruling from Minister for Agriculture

Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters last year sought to challenge emergency legislation introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. File photograph: Collins Courts

Court previously dismissed O’Doherty and Waters’ appeal against High Court decision

Lawyers for the Garda Commissioner before Court of Appeal over costs ruling

A High Court judge was “mistaken” in not deciding if a warrant issued for the seizure of the phone of a provincial newspaper editor was valid or invalid, the Court of Appeal has heard. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The editor of The Democrat had his phone siezed following Strokestown repossession

The judge noted that errors and oversights occur in professional life, but it would be normal to expect that the mistake would have been picked up by the other lawyers involved in the transaction

Payment for Co Kildare house ‘inadvertently’ sat in account of buyer’s solicitor for years

Philomena Lee was sent to the Seán Ross home in Co Tipperary after becoming pregnant at 18. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

High Court hears cases against Commission’s findings do not raise issues of fair procedure

Retired nurse Philomena Lee: was sent to the Seán Ross mother and baby home in Co Tipperary in 1952 after becoming pregnant at the age of 18.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cases beging brought by retired nurse Philomena Lee and Galway-based Mary Harney

The Market Bar on Fade Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Market Bar and George’s Street Arcade operators settle padlocking issue

A High Court challenge has been brought by two farmers against An Bord Pleanála’s planning permission for a 21-turbine wind farm in County Offaly.

Applicants want authorisation for 21-turbine facility in Offaly quashed

The Market Bar on Fade Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

High Court restrains George’s Street Arcade following application from the Market Bar

The High Court heard that a multi-disciplinary team had previously attempted to support the woman to live at home with a home care package. However, she could not manage to live in the community safely.

Woman in her 80s with dementia had been in hospital for almost three months

The High Court has dismissed a challenge  by solicitor Ammi Burke over WRC officer’s handling of her complaint of unfair dismissal from Arthur Cox.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Ammi Burke claims she was dismissed over her criticism of a partner at law firm after she was left working until 2am

Jean Connors failed to secure an injunction against her brother to prevent him from carrying out demolition and construction works on the former home of their parents before the full outcome of the trial.

High Court judge says it seems a ‘great pity’ that there is such ‘strife’ between five siblings

 Paul Howard, with an address at Larkfield Avenue, Harolds Cross, Dublin 6W, was to be notified on Tuesday evening of the orders.

The judge said he was satisfied there was a “strong case” alleging that Paul Howard may continue to sell his properties

The boy’s care team had been concerned that he would act out violently before or during the international transfer, which was the reason for keeping secret the motivation of the trip.

Team of social workers had to ‘deceive boy into believing he was going on holidays’

John  Bailey, who died in July 2019 following a long illness, was a well-known Fine Gael councillor serving Dun Laoghaire Rathdown for many years. File photograph: Patrick Bolger/INPHO

Man agrees to vacate lands on Dublin-Kildare border belonging to John Bailey’s estate

Leanne Doyle (35) ‘lost all enjoyment’ in the first five years of her daughter’s life

The board of a Dublin primary school has been granted permission for its challenge aimed at overturning approval for a €50 million build-to-rent apartment complex in Sandymount, Co Dublin. Photograph: iStock

Judge grants leave for judicial review proceedings aimed at overturning planning approval for €50m build-to-rent development

The judge said he was satisfied the €65,000 offered along with just over €1,000 in special damages could not be beaten. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Child was seven when he was injured by loose block in boundary wall, court told

The charity was rocked by controversy after allegations of sexual assault were made against its chief executive and founder Anthony Flynn, above, who was suspended by the company and died by suicide in August. Photograph: Alan Betson

Court hears the petition was ‘very unusual’ as it had net asset surplus of €850,000

Declan Taite, who was appointed receiver over properties of the husband of Maireád Barry, had claimed she had previously threatened to drive her vehicle through the front window of his Dublin offices. Photograph: Collins Courts

Counsel tells High Court threatening behaviour ceased since last sitting of case

The judge approved the the application as in the boy’s best interests. File photograph: Getty

Approval granted for ‘last minute’ adoption with ‘considerable degree of reluctance’

A man has won High Court orders stopping his prosecution for allegedly driving while under the influence of cannabis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Prosecuting team raising fact that wrong charge used in summons ‘significant’, judge says

Mr Justice John Jordan said the husband has a ‘valuable’ public service pension which ‘must be a feature in the consideration of the provision to be made for the wife and the dependent children.

Duration of payments intended to reflect the amount of time the couple were married

A solicitor claims Arthur Cox gave no reasons for her dismissal other than a breakdown in the relationship with her. Photograph: Alan Betson

Initial case was halted following significant Supreme Court decision

Mr Justice Max Barrett said that as a minor, and a person with a disability, the girl has a right to have decisions made in her best interests.

HSE had claimed the Tusla was better placed to meet the teenager’s immediate needs

Mr Justice Max Barrett said the case, which involves a 17-year-old girl, struck him as ‘particularly sad’.

Situation of girl in hospital described as ‘remarkable in its bleakness’

Counsel said  the girl is ‘de facto detained’ in her room and this isolation is feeding into a ‘downward spiral’  where she is now refusing to engage with other people. Photograph: iStock

Lawyer says 17-year-old suffering marked deterioration, seeks alternative placement

An artist’s impression of the proposed apartment scheme in Crumlin

An Bord Pleanála granted permission for €60m Brickfield Drive scheme in August

An artist’s impression of the proposed apartment scheme in Crumlin.

Brickfield Drive scheme comprises four blocks ranging in height from four to 10 storeys

The High Court in Dublin, where a judge has granted leave for a challenge aimed at quashing permission for 165 residential units and a childcare facility in Co Wicklow

Plan represents ‘serious overdevelopment’ of site in Co Wicklow village, applicants claim

Seán Ryan, at home with his mother Liz, in Mornington, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two brothers with genetic condition like ‘day and night’ due to new therapy and early diagnosis

In the most severe cases of spinal muscular atrophy, children cannot walk and have problems breathing and swallowing. Photograph: iStock

Price of one-time infusion of Zolgensma that can cost $2.1m will now be reimbursed

Parked up planes at Dublin Airport at the height of Covid-19 restrictions in April 2020. Energy consumption in Ireland fell by almost 9 per cent last year, largely due to a reduction in the number of vehicles in transit. Photograph: Alan Betson

SEAI says figures show ‘collective’ actions have significant impact on climate response

‘It is as if climate change is taking place in another room . . . This is an eye-opener for the environmental community.’ Photograph: iStock

More than 80% of voters oppose higher fuel tax to tackle climate change – Irish Times poll

More than 30,500 people entered the lottery in 2019 for one of 60 places inside the Newgrange chamber as the sun rose on the shortest day of the year. Photograph: Ken Williams

Sunrise from inside Neolithic passage tomb on December 21st to be streamed live online

Three in four survivors of sexual violence as an adult reported being raped. Photograph: iStock

Pandemic eroded coping strategies for sexual violence survivors – Rape Crisis Network

Ireland is due to face its third UN Human Rights Council review in November.

Irish Council for Civil Liberties calls for focus on historical abuse, gender and LGBT+ inequalities

An Board Pleanála  last week upheld Dublin City Council’s decision to grant permission for the development of a four-storey over-basement hotel along Merchant’s Arch Lane, the narrow walkway connecting Temple Bar Square to the Ha’penny Bridge. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Permission approved to build hotel along lane connecting Temple Bar and River Liffey

Retired captain Yvonne O’Rourke, company quartermaster Sgt Karina Molloy and Capt Diane Byrne, of the Women of Honour group, after a meeting with Minister for Defence Simon Coveney last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Culture of harassment in Defence Forces needs to be ‘stamped out’ - Coveney

John Mangan (53) was serving 10 year jail term for possession of cannabis

In a letter to Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Monday,  industry leaders urge Government to invest an additional €85 million in mental health services to deal with the emerging ‘shadow pandemic’. Photograph: iStock

More than 50 community, voluntary leaders urge ‘step-change’ in funding levels

House prices have soared since the last valuations were brought in eight years ago. Photograph: iStock

Q&A: The new property valuations will apply for the years 2022 to 2025

The waste-to-energy Poolbeg Incinerator Monday. EirGrid has warned of a potential national energy capacity shortfall during winter for the next five years. Photograph: Bloomberg

Chair of climate action committee says maintaining energy will be ‘challenging’

There are many parents who do not know the wider range of symptoms associated with the Delta variant. Photograph: iStock

General secretary ‘thrilled’ to see significant fall in infection among schoolchildren

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Holohan says incidence among primary school children has ‘fallen right back’

Workers at the Glenisk factory in Killeigh, Tullamore Co Offaly earlier this week after it was extensively damaged in a fire. Photograph: Collins

Managing director says ‘mindblowing’ generosity is coming from every direction

The first legal medicinal cannabis product will be available to eligible patients from next month. File photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images

Prof Bryan Lynch says ‘no evidence’ of benefits to epilepsy patients from THC products

The EU’s digital Covid certificate has helped ensure the safe reopening of Irish society, the Minister for Health has said. File photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Those vaccinated outside EU will also be able to apply, provided vaccine is authorised here

Problems with the allocation of social workers were highlighted in the Hiqa report but it also found that the ‘vast majority of children spoke positively’ about their experience of foster care. Photograph: iStock

Allocation of social workers in Carlow/ Kilkenny/ South Tipperary described as ‘chaotic’

The South/South West Hospital Group, which is responsible for the Cork hospital, said in a statement that it has apologised to the 18 families. Photograph: Google Street View

Taoiseach calls incident at Cork University Maternity Hospital ‘cruel and unacceptable’

The Luas has announced that Red Line tram services are not operating between Blackhorse and The Point

A man has been taken to hospital for serious injuries after being struck by a tram

Adam Harris, chief executive of Irish autism charity AsIAm, said it is ‘very concerning’ that some cohorts of autistic children continue to be underdiagnosed, such as Travellers and girls. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Researchers say 787% rise from 1998 to 2018 likely due to better understanding of autism

Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra: After a spell of September sunshine, Ireland’s weather turns autumnal this week.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

After a week of above average temperatures, Ireland is in for a much cooler period

Breeda Bermingham, founder of the Midlife Women Rock Project, said women facing menopause have been ‘overlooked’. Photograph: Tara Donoghue Photography

Menopause has been a ‘taboo’ health topic for too long, mental health webinar hears

Ireland’s film production industry is set to complete a ‘record year’ despite the constraints it has faced because of the Covid-19 pandemic, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Photograph: iStock

Screen Ireland chief says cinema and film distribution sectors have been less fortunate

The Coach Tourism & Transport Council is requesting supplementary supports to be provided. File photograph: Getty

Coach tourism representatives say €10m grant in 2020 is insufficient to meet needs

Gardaí said they intend to remove stockpiled bonfire materials in the run-up to Halloween. File photograph: Getty

Dublin’s chief fire officer flags ‘catastrophic consequences ... fireworks can have on people’

Dublin Airport  operator DAA said the green light for vaccinated travellers to fly to the United States will prove a ‘timely boost for transatlantic travel in both directions’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fauci indicates vaccination with AstraZeneca will be accepted for purpose of travel

Billy Alexander, master gardener of Co Kerry’s Kells Bay Gardens, presented 60sqm display of ferns at the Chelsea Flower Show

Master gardener of Kells Bay Gardens presents 60sqm display of ferns

There were mixed emotions among Dublin’s office workers on Monday morning. Photograph: Ellen O’Riordan

Mixed emotions among Dublin’s office workers as remote work restrictions ease

Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell: ‘I think we have missed an opportunity to extend the hand of friendship to the more moderate unionists.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sinn Féin TD says there is a ‘fine line between commemoration and celebration’

A technical examination of the scene is currently underway, and Gardaí in Mayorstone are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Man (30s) was treated at the scene before being taken to University Hospital Limerick

The Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

A ‘hugely disproportionate number’ of ICU patients are unvaccinated, says HSE chief

Marine biologist Robert Wilkes in Dungarvan, where an algal bloom is impacting on biodiversity

Nearly half of rivers carry high levels of nitrates, but finding solutions may not be easy

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