Twin brothers Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons from Ashbourne, Co Meath, are enjoying enormous success from Minecraft

Ryan and Scott Fitzsimons hit YouTube jackpot with hugely popular channel

A hospital security guard who was sacked for switching off his body camera while a colleague carried out an alleged unprovoked assault on a drug addict in a Dublin hospital toilet, has been awarded €6,500 over his unfair dismissal. Image: iStock.

Man sacked after camera turned off while colleague allegedly assaulted drug addict

 Presidential hopeful Peter Casey. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Artist Kevin Sharkey withdraws from ‘farcical’ presidential process

Disability campaigner Ann Marie Flanagan at Lahinch Beach, near her home in Ennistymon, Co Clare. Photograph: Karl Hughes

Clare campaigner says blue badges are given out too easily and more controls are needed

‘We have modern technology and engineering that enables disabled people to use motor vehicles,’ the judge said. Photograph: iStock

Ennis driver should be ‘ashamed of himself’ for ‘contemptible’ behaviour’ judge said

The department has just signed a €383,000 contract with UK firm Gemalto for the design, development and implementation of upgraded facial recognition software. Photograph: iStock

System ‘self-financing’ as value of fraudulent activity detected now over €4m – department

Presidential candidate Gemma O’Doherty: said she had “a constitutional right to my good name”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Presidential hopeful asked about her claims of collusion in murder of Veronica Guerin

‘There is business you will have to do until you are buried and that is dealing with your children,’ judge warnds couple. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Judge advises couple to reach agreement through a mediator

Planning dispute: O’Donoghue’s and Marcels. Image: Google Street View

Operator of Merrion Row pub is appealing decision giving restaurant Marcels permission for first-floor, open-air terrace

“I am very well paid.” Ray D’Arcy joined RTÉ Radio 1 in 2015. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/RTÉ

TV and radio presenter’s salary was second highest in RTÉ in 2015

A restaurant has been ordered to pay €2,000 to a former employee who was sacked after a customer posted a negative review on Tripadvisor noting that ‘the red haired waitress was abrupt’. Image: iStock.

WRC says way restaurant sacked woman without a hearing ‘not far short of mob rule’

A trust linked to  Dermot Desmond has secured permission to demolish Walford on Dublin’s Shrewsbury Road, which remains the most expensive residence ever sold in the State at €58 million.

Walford in Dublin 4 sold for €58m in 2005 with billionaire buying it for €14.25m in 2016

Transdev pointed out that the driver’s contract of employment contains explicit exclusion of “moonlighting” work. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Driver claims ‘tip-off’ was malicious, but WRC dismisses unfair dismissal case

Luas operator Transdev has provided more than 100 cooler bags to tram drivers in an attempt to resolve a row over packed lunches which the company says could cost it up to €250,000.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Firm offers staff on Green Line cooler bags in attempt to resolve dispute over spoiling food

AWRC adjudication officer said the dismissal was ‘at at the extreme end of the spectrum of unfairness’

A  driver for former Minister for Health James Reilly for six years has failed in his unfair dismissal action against a Government department. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Man dismissed last November over compliance with travel and annual leave rules

Dublin firm Korec has won the five-year contract. It’s drones will carry out aerial topographic surveys, corridor mapping, structural inspections and deformation monitoring. Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg

Two unmanned aerial vehicles will deployed to inspect roads, with huge cost savings

The parents contacted Bus Éireann and spoke to an inspector who indicated the taxi driver was being reasonable.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Parents said rule change had significant impact on son’s behaviour and development

A man who resigned from his job under duress, after being brought out to sea in a speedboat by his boss and aggressively questioned, has been awarded €889. File photograph: iStock

Man was told he would not be able to swim to shore during questioning on speedboat

Jailed former Anglo chief executive David Drumm: brief fees in his trial were the highest paid by the DPP for any trial in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Team of four barristers shared daily payment of €10,000 by DPP on top of brief fee

Results have been withheld from 80 students this year compared to 72 at this point last year - an increase of 11 per cent. File image: iStock

State Examinations Commission cautions students about serious consequences of cheating

A  Luas tram at the St Stephens Green stop on the green line. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Disciplinary proceedings were brought after a passenger complained that he had been punched on the back of the head by a Luas staf(...)

Johnny Sexton in the Ireland-France Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium in 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Leinster rugby star saw accumulated profits at his promotions company increase

The  WRC has found that a Dublin airport based services firm was correct when sacking an aircraft cleaner who pocketed a passenger’s €600 mobile phone found left behind on an aircraft. File photograph: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Worker claims he ‘inadvertently brought the phone home’ after putting it in pocket

Lahinch hotelier Michael Vaughan has offered to pay for a return visit by Jim Logan in London to see his home place.

Jim Logan wrote a letter wondering if anyone remembered him in his home town

The HR department of KBC Bank has been criticised  after a man with a conviction was allowed into the bank’s workforce. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bank’s HR accused by Workplace Relations Commission of ‘sloppiness’ over the incident

A decision by Dunnes Stores to appeal a €15,000 award to an assistant manager who was dismissed after being on sick leave for two years has backfired. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Labour Court doubles payment to woman deemed to have faced discrimination from firm

One District Court judge claimed almost €35,000 for expenses incurred since 2008

Babor Hussain Bangladesh: “I found the local people to be very friendly towards me.” Photograph: Eamon Ward

Despite initial confusion, famed Clare town locals have embraced refugees warmly

‘Employees are entitled to an uninterrupted 11 hour break between finishing work and starting work the following day.’ File image:  Lewis Mulatero/Moment/Getty

Kepak employee says she worked close to 60 hours a week, handling emails after midnight

A retailer has been ordered to pay a former employee €8,000 in compensation after she was found to have been harassed in the workplace about her sexuality. Image: iStock.

WRC heard male colleague linked mental health issues and child abuse to homosexuality

Lee McLoughlin (28) said the case ‘was not about money’ but about the principle and the precedent on behalf of those who might find themselves in a similar scenario in the future.

‘We don’t cut ladies’ hair. I’m sorry,’ barber told transgender man Lee McLoughlin (28)

Brian O’Driscoll evades Scotland’s Andy Craig, in the Six Nations match, at Murrayfield. Last year’s profits pushed the accumulated profits at his ODM & Promotions Ltd to €5.954m. Photograph: Eric Luke

Company owned by former rugby player records profit of €880,000

Chris Hanson’s former girlfriend described him as ‘possessive and obsessive towards her’ and ‘domineering’, Ennis District Court was told.

Chris Hanson pleaded guilty to assaulting ‘high-achieving’ Ennis woman

Group protesting over direct provision system: The number unable to exit the State’s 34 centres has risen by almost 50 per cent in the past 16 months. Photograph: David Sleator

Those unable to exit State centres despite being granted asylum rises to 11% of residents

internet connectivity for 34 of 111 unconnected stations is nearing completion under a Garda modernisation and renewal programme, and further 12 stations are due to be connected by the end of the year.

Internet connectivity for 34 of 111 affected stations is now nearing completion

Gordon MRM has secured an extension to its Nama PR cojntract.

Company won PR contract for AIB’s IPO

Ennis-based diver Jim Warny arrives back at Shannon Airport. With him are his father, Rene, and fiance, Asia Mania. Photograph: Arthur Ellis.

‘Truly amazing miracle’ that boys and coach got to go home, says Jim Warny

The parish office stated that the woman was dismissed accordance with parish disciplinary policy. Photograph: iStock

Woman lodged formal complaint of bullying against priest

A Kenyan retail worker has been awarded €10,000 after being the victim of a ‘racially motivated’ April Fools prank. Image: iStock.

Retail worker received call on April 1st from colleague claiming to be immigration officer

Three men, charged with sexual offences against two teenage girls, have been ordered to surrender their passports at Ennis District Court.

Rape and sexual assault included in charges at Ennis District Court

Woman says she made genuine mistake in selling bottle of alcohol on the day

Mark Nolan, managing director at Dromoland Castle: “Business has never been as good”. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

Pretax loss of €3.5m driven by €20m refurbishment of luxury Clare hotel

The woman recently completed a treatment programme for her addiction to drink and drugs and made a plea to the judge to retain custody of her boy

Boy’s father cries in court as judge awards him sole custody of the boy

New accounts for Links Creche and Montessori Ltd for the year to the end of October last show that during a very lucrative 12 months, the company’s cash pile more than doubled going from €279,687 to €685,286. Photograph: iStock

Two sets of accounts associated with couple show combined profits of €855,084 in 2017

The Workplace Relations Commission found the store manager’s conduct  contributed substantially to the dismissal and this should be reflected in the quantum of the award. Photograph: Alan Betson

Store manager ‘confirmed he offered accommodation to employees in order to have sex with them’

A pensioner who sexually assaulted an 84 year old man on a rural Bus Éireann service has walked free from court.

Judge imposes €1,000 fine on accused and places him on sex offenders register

‘Up to 30 per cent of men have enlarged breasts and many of them are extremely bothered by their appearance,’ says Dr Peter Prendergast of Venus Medical in Dublin. Photograph: iStock

Gynaecomastia is swelling of the breast tissue in men or boys

A group of drunken Irish-based holidaymakers forced an Ibiza-bound Ryanair flight from Dublin to divert to Paris on Saturday morning. File photograph: Getty Images

Ibiza flight from Dublin rerouted after group of up to 20 holidaymakers involved in disturbance

A further 12 staff members received pay of €300,000-€500,000. Photograph: iStock

More than 2,500 staff at the HSE received pay of more than €100,000 in 2017

Suspended sentence for Mary Doyle who denied theft until shown video footage

Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney. Photographs: Facebook

Sensitive references withdrawn for hundreds of Ennis students after drowning of two teens

The Workplace Relations Committee found the bank discriminated against the couple on the grounds of race. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

WRC finds bank discriminated against the two on the grounds of race

Bereft mourners shoulder the coffin for Shay Moloney’s final journey. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Teenager perished in double drowning while trying to save his close friend Jack Kenneally

Mourners carry the coffin draped with a Munster flag as Ennis Rugby Club members provide a guard of honour at the funeral of Jack Kenneally at Ennis Cathedral on Sunday morning.

Hundreds attend mass for Jack Kenneally, who died while swimming in a quarry last Thursday

An image of  Jack Kenneally (left) and Shay Moloney, in an image released by Ennis Rugby Club on Friday. The club paid tributes to: ‘Our warriors when the going got tough. Our leaders when the pressure came on. Our pride when they took the field. Our joy when they lit it up off the field. Our devilment when it all got too serious. Our gentlemen always. Our terrible loss. Photograph via Twitter

‘The boys played a great style of rugby. They were hard as nails but skilful with it’

The woman’s colleague asked her: “I heard cats and dogs are the main meat sources of Asians, so do you like eating them?” File photograph: Getty Images

Woman asked if she liked eating animals as they comprise chief meat sources for Asians

Members of the Garda at a checkpoint in  Dublin. The GRA says many of its  members may not report assaults on them. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

GRA calls for all frontline officers to be given Tasers

At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys imposed a three-year suspended sentence on a 47-year-old woman for neglect of her children after saying he could not see any benefit to society in jailing her.

47-year-old pleaded guilty to ill-treatment and neglect

Adam O’Brien at Ennis Court.

They got onto the road and his friend says ‘I’m a bit drunk, will you drive?’, court told

Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Shocked employee asked whether there were any other roles open to him

Defendant was following a Sat Nav system as he travelled from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher.

Grzegorz Barski (36), who was on way to Cliffs of Moher, given five year driving ban

Judge Gerald Keys said a report on the accused noted she is “contrite for the emotional and physical pain, upset and upheaval that her actions have caused to her children”.

Judge said he could see no benefit in jailing the 47-year-old woman

At the Family Law Court in Ennis, the woman said that her husband has recently called her a “fat bitch” and a “c**t”.

Co Clare woman says she is afraid of her husband from an emotional point of view

At the Family Law Court in Ennis, Co Clare, Judge Patrick Durcan used section 47 of the Child Care Act 1991 granting gardaí permission to interview the boy in question

Clare court hears boy (11) claimed his mother hit him on head and body with cricket bat

The goats generated international headlines with one UK paper reporting that the goats were terrorising the town. Photograph: Getty

Wild herd roaming free in Ennis have been transferred to farmer in Co Louth

 Insp David Finnerty of Killaloe Garda station said  gardaí are treating the fatality as a “tragic accident”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

HSA and Garda investigate incident in which Pat O’Connor died in Co Clare

Warrenstown mosque: an architect’s view of the complex that An Bord Pleanála has approved for Blanchardstown

Neurosurgeon building Blanchardstown complex for family killed in arson attack

Two kids - file photo. Photograph: Getty

Council meeting hears of two wandering goats electrocuted at ESB sub-station

Merchant’s Arch in Dublin

Dublin pub is ordered to pay Felix Guerrero €5,000 for refusing to accept medical cert

The local authority said the incident was  “totally unacceptable and injurious to the council”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two employees disciplined after member of public alerts local authority

A Polish tourist was killed in a car accident near the Cliffs of Moher two years ago after a driver was confused about his Sat Nav telling him to go the wrong direction.

George Barski’s car collided with Charles Killeen’s motorbike at a junction on the Wild Atlantic Way

The Labour Court found that Martine O’Sullivan was treated less favourably because of her pregnancy when she was not allowed to return to work at the end of her maternity leave. Photograph: Alan Betson

Labour Court finds woman discriminated against for dismissal on maternity leave

Michael Culligan was on his way from mass to visit his wife’s grave on October 4th, 2015 when his car veered six inches into the opposite driving lane and crashed into a motorbike.

87-year-old Michael Culligan banned from driving for six years after crash

A worker at Joseph Brennan Bakeries who was sacked after being seen sticking chewing gum to a pillar in a food preparation area, was unfairly dismissed, the Labour Court has ruled.

Labour Court rules Graham Rogers 60% responsible for sacking but awards him €6,000

Son was made to do a handstand when his arm was in a cast and then assaulted with a cable

Det Garda Denis Stack told Ennis Circuit Court that in the violent incident “miraculously, no one was hurt”

Nine plead guilty to violent disorder following families’ dispute over winner of ‘fair fight’

  University College Dublin was ordered to pay sociologist Dr Anne Cleary €30,000 and promote her retrospectively to senior lecturer from February 15th, 2015. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sociologist takes case after senior position given to academic 20 years her junior

A social worker with Tusla said emergency powers were invoked in January to put the girl into care temporarily after the girl’s mother had hit her. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Tusla social worker says care order invoked in January after girl’s mother had hit her

Entrance to Western Brand Ltd facility at Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. File photograph: Google Street View

Aneta Petrova comments after ex-employer told to pay her €17,000 on unfair dismissal finding

Company said it apologised to Ms Petrova after finding out she suffered a miscarriage

New figures released by Clare County Council (Ennis HQ above) in response to a Freedom of Information request show  the local authority has spent €13,099 on a 7m “bespoke” table featuring the council coat of arms, and €17,994 on  chairs. FIle photograph: Google Street View

Clare County Council outlay including €817.95 each on 22 chairs labelled ‘extravagance’

Shown the red card: the referee received €4,000 in sick pay before being dismissed for gross misconduct. Photograph: Fabio Cardoso/Corbis/Getty

Workplace Relations Commission rejects man’s claim for unfair dismissal

A judge has accused a pensioner of using the fact he is hard of hearing to avoid being sentenced for sexually assaulting a man in his 80s on a Bus Éireann service last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Accused using his hearing difficulties to ‘avoid dealing with sentencing’, says judge

Insp Tom Kennedy said the alleged fight was taking place in a field in Kilrush where there were 20 to 30 males looking on.

Court told garda saw Anthony Kelly in shorts with his top off and hands taped, engaged in a fist fight with another bare-chested m(...)

Billionaire Dermot Desmond:  Celtic Trustees Ltd was previously the purchaser of Walford on Shrewsbury Road for €14.25 million.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Council concerned about ‘stability’ and ‘integrity’ of Victorian house on Ailesbury Road

The child’s father  said  his 13-year-old boy “was very sick - we couldn’t send him to school because he couldn’t get out of bed. You had to see him the way he was”.

District court judge threatened to send father to jail if school attendance record wasn’t 100 per cent

 The Citywest Hotel stated that if Nicholas Reddin had considered what he had seen on the CCTV to be an assault on the premises he was obliged to report that to the security manager, HR and gardaí via an incident report. File photograph: Frank Miller

Labour court found dismissal by Citywest Hotel was ‘procedurally unfair’ and awarded him €6,000

 Homeless service users  on emergency beds provided during last month’s freezing weather by the  Dublin Region Homeless Executive and Peter McVerry Trust. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin City Council spent €97.48 million on emergency accommodation in 2017

According to a cinema representative at a hearing into the case where a family was asked to move seats, the father ‘became loud and abusive and demanded a refund, including for part-consumed food’.

Gardaí were called to ‘Finding Dory’ screening due to the dispute over premium seating

Judge Patrick Durcan described the actions of Eoin McDonnell as ‘devious, dangerous, appalling and disgusting’. File photograph: Reuters

Eoin McDonnell took picture of Judge Fiona Lydon at Ennis District Court

Twelve of the top 15 monetary penalties imposed on Garda members in 2017 related to “neglect of duty” with fines ranging from €10,800 to €950. Photograph: Alan Betson

Number of gardaí disciplined internally in 2017 less than 1% of 13,551-strong force

The WRC found the woman was subject to “a vile act of sexual innuendo” in a live web chat at the company. Photograph: Getty

WRC awards €46,000 to woman sexually harassed at car parts company

The HSE has been criticised after an inquiry into the use of drain cleaning fluid rather than an approved dental product during the treatment of more than 40 children in Co Clare returned an inconclusive verdict. Photograph: PA.

More than 40 children treated at HSE facility in Ennis last October were exposed to mishap

An artist’s impression of Tara House, a 88m 22-storey project proposed by developer Johnny Ronan.

An Bord Pleanála does not agree with senior inspector who called 88m design ‘beautiful’

File picture of a Bus Éireann bus. During the course of the assault on June 9th, a passenger sitting across the aisle from the two men on the west Clare Bus Éireann service to Ennis filmed what was happening. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Incident was filmed on a smartphone by a passenger sitting across the aisle, court hears

A man died after an altercation at the Shannon Knights Night Club. Photograph: Google Street.

Second man injured after altercation in Co Clare nightclub

Books of evidence in the case were served in 2016 and the cases have been adjourned a number of times since at Ennis Circuit Court

Defilement case involving 16-year-old girl will not proceed after State opts not to prosecute

Garda Brian O’Callaghan said he saw Mr McCabe grapple with his seatbelt causing his jeep to zig-zag along the road.

John Joseph McCabe said wearing a seat-belt is ‘sacrosanct’ – it saved his life in Portugal

‘Who I am? Larry Murphy?’ teen asks garda after he is accused of threat to girl’s mother

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