A number of cafes and restaurants in Cork city have offered free coffee  in protest at the proliferation of Starbucks outlets in the city. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A number of cafes and restaurants in Cork city offered free coffee throughout Tuesday in protest at the proliferation of Starbucks outlets in the city(...)

 Ciarán Breen, chief executive of the State Claims Agency:  says the agency is concerned that legal payments to third parties are on the rise when its own legal costs are falling.   Photograph:  Colm Mahady/Fennells

Medical negligence lawyers are “subverting” a system for regular compensation payments to victims of catastrophic medical injuries by making excessiv(...)

Greville and Anne-Louise Miley, parents of Jude Miley, parents of Jude Miley, who suffered brain damage as a baby following routine surgery. They are taking an action on behalf of their son.Photograph:  Collins

One of the saddest sights in Irish health is of the parents of a catastrophically injured child emerging from court to explain how they had to fight f(...)

Suzanne Phelan: “Find a friend or family member you can talk to. You’re not alone.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times
A Christmas like never before
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...after confronting depression Suzanne Phelan “I’ve struggled at Christmas for as long as I can remember. It’s an enormous amount of pressure, n(...)

Last week the CBA, which represents around 250 small and medium-sized businesses in Cork city, came out strongly against the recommendation made by three of the five members of the group under the chairmanship of former Beamish & Crawford MD, Alf Smiddy (above).

A former president of the Cork Business Association (CBA) has come out against the association’s opposition to the proposed merger of Cork City Counci(...)

Dr Conor O’Mahony of the Faculty of Law at UCC told a seminar marking the anniversary of Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights that Irish law under-utilises the court. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has helped highlight the potential of the Strasbourg court to enrich the Irish (...)

Louise O’Keeffe: ‘the worst possible Christmas present’

The compensation package announced by the state for people who were sexually abused in schools has been described by Louise O’Keeffe as “the worst pos(...)

Ian Bailey’s solicitor Frank Buttimer: sent a letter to Marie Farrell on March 25th, 2004, over comments she made about Mr Bailey  in media interviews. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ian Bailey said in court he had threatened to issue legal proceedings against Marie Farrell over media interviews she gave in which she alleged he (...)

 Grammy winner Dianne Reeves pictured performing in the Everyman Palace during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Thirty-five years after its inception, the Guinness Cork Jazz festival continues to go from strength to strength. From McCurtain Street’s hectic array(...)

Medical mistakes: “There are very few plaintiffs or victims who can afford to fund a medical negligence claim,” Ernest Cantillon said at a conference on medico-legal issues. Photograph: Getty Images

Victims of medical mistakes are “left to flounder” in seeking access to justice while the State deploys “massive” resources in mounting a legal def(...)

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