The Supreme Court, in a significant judgment concerning the rights of a 96-year-old woman with dementia and wards of court, has stressed it is ‘essential’ that the voices of such persons are heard. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The Supreme Court, in a significant judgment concerning the rights of a 96-year-old woman with dementia and wards of court, has stressed it is “essent(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said the vulnerable 18-year-old has told him in a letter she will need supports to help her into the future. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

A young woman at the centre of a “horror story” of alleged sexual abuse by more than 12 males before she was taken into care aged 10 has told the pres(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he hoped the young man’s progress will ‘give hope’ to all those dealing with the eating disorder.

A young man whose chronic anorexia led to his parents being told two years ago to prepare for his death has made a “remarkable” recovery, the presiden(...)

The High Court heard there  is a “significant absence” of records concerning Amy and none until she was aged 12.

A “defenceless” intellectually disabled orphaned girl was allegedly physically abused and severely neglected over years while living with a couple not(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said case  raised ‘serious’ issues. He made the girl, now 18, a ward of court.

An “incredibly vulnerable” girl alleged to have been subject to “devastating” sexual abuse in her home by more than 12 local individuals before being (...)

Judge Peter Kelly said  he did not anticipate ‘any lessening’ of the numbers of people coming before the court whose medical and psychiatric needs cannot be met here.

Brexit may require the HSE to provide essential services here for the growing numbers of vulnerable children and adults it is sending to the UK for tr(...)

The wards list includes often difficult and complex cases and is traditionally managed by the president of the High Court. Photograph: Frank Miller

Jane, a mentally unwell heavily pregnant young woman, curled up foetus-like in a hospital bed for days, refusing to eat, speak or engage with anyone a(...)

A High Court judge has said he can make no further orders in the case of an “extraordinarily vulnerable” woman who doctors fear may die due to her “en(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he was sympathetic to the girl’s request but the medical evidence was that her situation remained serious.

A teenage girl with severe anorexia has written to the President of the High Court appealing to be let return to Ireland from a specialist unit in the(...)

Mr Justice Kelly said the evidence was such that he was satisfied to make the girl a ward of court. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A judge has made orders permitting the detention in hospital and tube feeding of a teenage girl with the most severe form of anorexia nervosa. The 15(...)

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