Patrick Costello is concerned the deal provides for ‘investor courts’ to decide complaints by Canadians who invest in European Union member states. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The High Court has dismissed a challenge by Green Party TD Patrick Costello over the constitutionality of aspects of the Ceta EU-Canada trade deal. I(...)

Former Defence Forces member Lisa Smith is due to stand trial in the Special Criminal Court in January next on charges of membership of the Islamic State group and with financing terrorism. Photograph: Collins Courts

The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, large-scale housing plans, and the final mother and baby homes investigation report all feature in (...)

Counsel for Patrick Costello (pictured), said what is occurring is a ‘transfer of sovereignty’ by the executive. File photograph: The Irish Times

The High Court has reserved judgment on a significant challenge by Green Party TD Patrick Costello over the constitutionality of aspects of the EU-Can(...)

Most of Ceta is a trade treaty designed to reduce tariffs and increase trade between the EU and Canada. Photograph: iStock

An EU-Canada trade deal under which “investor courts” can make damages awards against Ireland to Canadian investors here does not mean a “wholesale ha(...)

 Patrick Costello claims the protections for Canadian investors usurp and supplant the law making function of the legislature and the judicial competence of the Irish courts. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Green Party TD Patrick Costello has told the High Court he is concerned investor court measures in the EU-Canadian trade deal CETA for protecting Can(...)

Hazel Chu said her mother, Stella, who is from Hong Kong, told her to come and speak at the rally as racism was such an important issue.  Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu broke off her final wedding preparations to make an impassioned speech against racism. Ms Chu is due to marry her lo(...)

Patrick Costello has taken a High Court action against the Government challenging the constitutionality of parts of the CETA deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has signaled that he expects Green Party TD Patrick Costello to pay at least some of the costs of his High Court action against (...)

 Israeli soldiers fire a 155mm self-propelled howitzer towards the Gaza Strip from their position along the border in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Thursday. Photograph: JACK GUEZ / AFP via Getty Images

A number of Government backbenchers have called for Ireland to “show leadership” and recognise the Palestinian state and for the implementation of the(...)

Green Party TD Patrick Costello: concerned the investor court system provided for under the CETA  involves an unconstitutional transfer of sovereignty and judicial power. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Green Party TD Patrick Costello has secured a July hearing date for his High Court action over the constitutionality of parts of the EU-Canadian trade(...)

Patrick Costello, a Green Party TD for Dublin South Central, is concerned the investor court system provided for under CETA involves an unconstitutional transfer of sovereignty and judicial power. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Green Party TD Patrick Costello is seeking an urgent hearing of his High Court action concerning the constitutionality of parts of the CETA EU-Canadia(...)

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