Darren Martyn leaving court today. Photograph: Collins

TWO students have admitted hacking Fine Gael’s website weeks before the 2011 general election as a “stunt” to embarrass the party. Computer experts Da(...)

Following a four-day trial at the Central Criminal Court in February, Niall Counihan was convicted by a jury of raping a then teenage victim – his wife’s sister – on two occasions and of indecently assaulting her on two other occasions over an eight-month period between September 1985 and May 1986.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has appealed on grounds of undue leniency a suspended jail sentence given to a man who raped his wife’s 14-year-ol(...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan: “It is a matter of regret to me that people did not receive the appropriate attention and action from the Garda Síochána to which they were entitled.”

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has expressed regret at how gardaí referred to in newly published chapter the Murphy report dealt with allegations (...)

The Murphy report said “the DPP’s office, in an internal memorandum, expressed the view that Fr Patrick McCabe should be prosecuted, were he available to be prosecuted”.

The rather odd role of the DDP’s office in the Fr Patrick McCabe case centres on the 1986 allegation involving abuse of a nine-year-old altar boy. Cha(...)

Paschal Carmody outside Ennis Court today. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Former Co Clare GP Paschal Carmody said today he has spent “between €2 million to €3 million” in defending his innocence in the courts over the past n(...)

Gardaí in Mallow arrested a 54-year-old man for possession of cocaine yesterday.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A man has been arrested in connection with the seizure of cocaine worth an estimated €17,500 in Mallow, Co Cork. The drugs were discovered yesterday a(...)

The four men appeared before the Special Criminal Court this morning, charged with the murder of Peter Butterly. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Four Dublin men have been charged at the Special Criminal Court with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly. Mr Butterly, a 35-year-old fat(...)

Gardai  at the scene of the fatal bus crash near Clara, Co Offaly, in April 2006. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The co-owner of a school bus which crashed in Offaly six years ago, causing the death of a teenager, has received a suspended jail sentence for an off(...)

The content of the Anglo Irish Bank tapes published in the Irish Independent could prejudice proceedings. Defendants might seek to follow the lead of Charles Haughey in 2000, when he successfully pleaded that because public opinion had been poisoned against him, he could not get a fair trial on charges of obstructing the McCracken tribunal. Photograph: David Sleator

A former director of public prosecutions, James Hamilton, presents a depressing choice in his warning that it would be “foolish” for the Government to(...)

It was late October 2000, and opinion was split around the cabinet table. In a landmark ruling a few weeks previously, the High Court had decided that(...)

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