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Garda Ciaran Folan  never applied for and never took  a driving test and therefore could not have obtained a full driving licence, the court heard. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A garda whose driving skills led to the discovery that he had never sat a driving test has lost an appeal against his conviction for using a fake driv(...)

The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling requiring the State to pay the entire legal costs of retired judge Barry White in his action ai(...)

Bill Kenneally   had pleaded guilty to ten sample counts of indecently assaulting ten boys at various locations in Waterford in the 1980s.

The Court of Appeal has upheld the 14-year prison sentence imposed on former sports coach Bill Kenneally for abusing 10 teenage boys in the 1980s. Ke(...)

Dubliner Thomas Flynn outside Cashel District Court in 2013. He and six others terrorised a family in Co Tipperary during a violent burglary that year.  Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

If there’s a poster boy for thugs preying on people in their own homes in rural Ireland, it has to be Dubliner Thomas Flynn. From Moatview Avenue in(...)

A request by Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus (above) to the Court of Appeal that it should provide sentencing guidelines in burglary cases reflects growing public concern over a wide discrepancy in penalties imposed for this offence

A request by Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus to the Court of Appeal that it should provide sentencing guidelines in burglary cases is im(...)

Margaret Lavelle, sister of the late Tom Nevin. Photograph:  Collins

More than two decades after being convicted of hiring a gunman to murder her husband, and serving 17 years in prison, Catherine Nevin was still before(...)

Peter Kenny leaving Bridewell District Court in Dublin following a court appearance in 2010. File Photograph:  Collins Courts

A convicted murderer whose lawyers claimed he could not get a fair trial due to the “scandalous” handling of a Garda informer has had his conviction u(...)

Michael Casey, Clonlong Halting Site, Limerick, had pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries, including one at the home of John O’Donoghue at Toomaline, Doon, on August 27th, 2015.

Longer sentences should be imposed for burglaries which are leaving elderly people in rural Ireland to “live in permanent fear or dread”, the Director(...)

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan said a voluntary patient who expresses a desire to leave a secure unit remains free in principle to do so at any convenient time and may not be restrained except in accordance with the detention power under Section 23 of the Mental Health Act 2001.

A Dublin psychiatric hospital had no legal basis for preventing a voluntary patient from leaving a locked secure unit when he tried to go, the Court o(...)

Irish gold mine: Omagh Minerals’s site at Cavanacaw, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Google Earth

An Irish gold mine should be made to stop working underground because it was allowed to expand based on inaccurate maps, it has been claimed. Omagh M(...)

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