The Chief Justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke said it was ‘surely not too much to ask’ for the legislation to be clear on whether or not is applies retrospectively. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Supreme Court has ruled, by a four to one majority, that a 2014 law aimed at cutting the numbers jailed for unpaid fines has retrospective effect.(...)

The court heard that according to agreed facts for the appeal, Oliver  O’Sullivan (25) became infected with MRSA on September 20th 2005 during an operation at   Bon Secours Hospital in Cork.

A hospital has lost, by a four to one majority, a Supreme Court appeal aimed at preventing a man suing it for damages over allegedly contracting a se(...)

In his judgment, Mr Justice O’Donnell said, while this area was ‘particularly emotive’, it was important to separate the narrow legal issues which arise

The Supreme Court, by a three-to-two majority, has rejected claims by a former school teacher it would be unconstitutional to permit his prosecution f(...)

The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A prisoner who claimed another prisoner, a former garda, asked to be assaulted in an effort to be transferred to an open prison has lost his appeal ov(...)

The DPP will now consider whether to remit the issue of sentence back to the Circuit Court.

A man whose suspended sentence was reactivated after he pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving causing death has won a significant Supreme Co(...)

The Facebook appeal will address issues including whether there is any entitlement in the first place to appeal a reference to the CJEU. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook’s unprecedented Supreme Court appeal aimed at halting a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) concerning the validity of EU-US dat(...)

EU Court of Justice has ruled that the notification of intention to withdraw from the EU does not have the effect of suspending the application of EU law in that member state.  Photograph: PA

The Supreme Court will decide next week whether an Irishman has effectively lost his battle to prevent his extradition to the UK on the basis of Brexi(...)

The court ruled that SPV Osus Ltd, a special purpose vehicle which had in 2011 been assigned a cause of action arising from the scandal surrounding US fraudster Bernie Madoff (above), cannot proceed with its case here because the assignment “very clearly involved trading in claims” and was thus void under Irish law. Photograph: Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images

The Supreme Court has said legislation needs to be urgently enacted to address mounting difficulties with securing access to justice in the civil cour(...)

A file image of businessman Dermot Desmond. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Supreme Court has ruled that businessman Dermot Desmond cannot proceed with a legal action aimed at overturning court decisions rejecting his comp(...)

The Supreme Court has found the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) does not have jurisdiction to recognise the foreign adoption of a woman’s niece a(...)

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