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Cloverhill Prison in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The High Court has dismissed a claim by Patrick Hutch, who is accused of carrying out the Regency Hotel murder of David Byrne, that his detention at C(...)

Agreement reached between Dublin City Council and local residents to allow hostel to stay open until May. Photograph: Getty Images

AODHAN O’FAOLAIN A Dublin City centre based hostel used as accommodation for homeless people will close next May unless its planning status is regula(...)

The Government has nominated barrister Isobel Kennedy for appointment as a High Court judge. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Government has nominated barrister Isobel Kennedy for appointment as a High Court judge. Ms Kennedy, a senior counsel since 2003, is a criminal la(...)

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan of the High Court: one of nine judges appointed to the new Court of Appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Court of Appeal is due to be established today, setting off a round of judicial appointments and a major shake-up of the courts system. The signin(...)

David Barniville,  chairman of  the  Bar Council: “I think perhaps it was a bit provocative and I don’t think it represents the views of many solicitors either.”    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The representative body for barristers has described as “unfortunate and rather silly” a claim by the Law Society that solicitors have wider experienc(...)

Judge Alan Mahon: chaired planning tribunal from 2003-2012. Photograph: Frank Miller

The judge who led the planning tribunal is to be promoted to the Court of Appeal after the Cabinet filled seven key judicial vacancies. Circuit Court(...)

Alan Mahon is among the seven judges who will fill key vacancies. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The judge who led the planning tribunal is to be promoted to the Court of Appeal after the cabinet moved to fill seven key judicial vacancies. (...)