The Annual Report of the Courts Service for 2017 was presented  by the Chief Justice Frank Clarke to Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A sharp increase in the number of defamation cases taken in the courts last year could be the result of growing social media use and people in the Sta(...)

Associated Newspapers  has also made a substantial contribution to a charity nominated by Paddy McKillen, according to the developer’s solicitor Paul Tweed. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Developer Paddy McKillen has received an apology in the High Court over a column in the Irish Daily Mail. The paper’s publishers, Associated Newspape(...)

Tribunal chairman, Mr Justice Peter Charleton (above), is due to decide on whether to allow Ms D give evidence with the public excluded. File photograph: Collins

Evidence to be given on Monday to the Charleton Tribunal by ‘Ms D’, the woman who made an allegation of child sexual assault against Garda whistleblow(...)

Monica Leech leaving the High Court in 2009. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The ruling in the European Court of Human Rights that the enormous €1.25 million award to Monica Leech breached Independent Newspapers’ right to freed(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: Ryanair had sued over articles based on a television documentary programme that claimed to reveal safety and fuel issues at the airline. Photograph: Bertil Enevag Ericson/Scanpix/Reuters

The settlement of a libel action brought by Ryanair vindicates its standing as one of the safest airlines in Europe, chief executive Michael O’Leary s(...)