The idea of suspending for a period a decision that one of our laws is unconstitutional is an innovation introduced by the Supreme Court last year, when it ruled on a case involving the right of asylum seekers to take up employment. File photograph: Getty Images

The Court of Appeal has decided the Mental Health Act 2001 is unconstitutional, but has suspended the finding for a period of six months to prevent it(...)

Denis O’Brien pictured at an event in  UCD in April, 2018. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Businessman Denis O’Brien’s appeal against the dismissal of his action against the Dáil and State, over statements made by two TDs in the Dáil about h(...)

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell directed reduction of the €11m sum on the basis of findings including LK Shields could not be held liable for losses after October 2008. Photograph: iStock

The Supreme Court has more than halved an €11 million sum a law firm was ordered to pay to a company over negligent failure to properly register a pro(...)

The Supreme Court sits in Limerick to decide the extent of the constitutional rights of the unborn. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

The Supreme Court has delivered a landmark unanimous ruling that the unborn has no constitutional rights outside the right to life in the Eighth Amend(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke is presiding over the appeal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There is a “seminal” difference between a child and an unborn, the Supreme Court has heard. Mary O’Toole SC, for the State, argued that voters did n(...)

Mr Justice Frank Clarke will preside over the appeal concerning  the constitutional rights of the unborn. Photograph: Collins Courts

An appeal involving potentially the widest consideration by the Supreme Court of the extent of the constitutional rights of the unborn will open befor(...)

Pro-Life Campaign: Cora Sherlock (right) leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday with her colleague Caroline Simons. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Supreme Court will rule on Wednesday whether the Pro-Life Campaign can be heard in the State’s appeal of the extent of the constitutional rights o(...)

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell urged more ‘sceptical’ consideration of the view that the courts are obliged to develop new rights.

A Supreme Court judge has advocated judicial restraint in interpreting the Constitution and urged more “sceptical” consideration of the view that the (...)

Undated file picture taken in Combret, France of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Photograph: Patrick Zimmermann/AFP/Getty

A lawyer representing the family of murdered French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier has said that the State’s decision not to appeal a High Co(...)

Chief Justice: Ms Justice Susan Denham is retiring after six years in the role. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Cabinet is expected to nominate the next chief justice at its final planned meeting before the summer recess on Wednesday. There had been concer(...)

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