The funeral of John Cooke, former Judge of the High Court and European Court at the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

John D Cooke, a retired judge of the High and European Courts, was an “exceptional” man who never lost “a basic sense of fairness” whether as a judge (...)

Ms Justice Mary Irvine, the first woman president of the High Court, will retire in July.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Mary Irvine, who retires in July as the first woman president of the High Court, endured a baptism of fire, steering the court through Covid-19, fast-(...)

The Four Courts in Dublin were occupied during the Civil War. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Chief Justice is among several judges who will lead tours of the Four Courts as part of events marking the centenary this year of the occupation a(...)

Chief Justice Donal O’Donnell following an event in Ballymun, Dublin, on Tuesday to launch the report of a major conference on Access to Justice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The law becomes “dangerously disconnected” from the public it is meant to serve if people do not have adequate access to justice and an independent co(...)

Whether a rent freeze would ultimately achieve lower rents is a seperate question, but would it be constitutional? Photograph: iStock

Reading Dáil debates, the Government’s speaking lines are consistent: property rights are protected by the Constitution; a three-year freeze would fac(...)

Court  said the proper scope of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive should not be ‘artificially expanded’ beyond its remit.

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal aimed at overturning planning permission for a €140 million Co Kilkenny cheese plant. The court ruled on We(...)

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

A five-judge Supreme Court will rule on a later date on an appeal aimed at quashing permission for a Co Kilkenny cheese plant. Having heard final sub(...)

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

The potential environmental impact of annually producing some 450 million litres of milk to supply a proposed Co Kilkenny cheese plant should be treat(...)

A  couple is being pursued by Allied Irish Bank for €465,875 over loans taken out more than 10 years ago to develop lands in Slovakia. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a Co Limerick couple being pursued by Allied Irish Bank for €465,875 over loans taken out more than (...)

The Supreme Court previously occasionally provided summaries, usually extending over a small number of pages, of some significant judgments but summaries were not regularly provided. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A new initiative by the Supreme Court in providing formal one-page summaries of its judgments has been widely welcomed, including by lawyers and campa(...)

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