Ireland

Tributes paid to retiring State Solicitor for Co Sligo

Tributes paid to retiring State Solicitor for Co Sligo

Tributes have been paid to to Hugh Sheridan, the retiring State Solicitor for County Sligo, the Sligo Champion reports. Mr Sheridan qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and was appointed State Solicitor in 1998 to succeed Tom Tighe. Judge Keenan Johnson led tributes to Mr Sheridan on his last appearance in Sligo Circuit Court, saying […]

Solicitor who denies bringing cocaine into prison faces additional charge

Solicitor who denies bringing cocaine into prison faces additional charge

A solicitor accused of bringing cocaine into Mountjoy Prison for an inmate is facing an additional charge for unlawful possession of cocaine, the Irish Independent reports. Dublin solicitor Aonghus McCarthy, 32, was originally charged in November on one charge of conveying a controlled drug into Mountjoy Prison or to a person in the prison on […]

Bar launches initiative to promote Irish legal services after Brexit

Bar launches initiative to promote Irish legal services after Brexit

The Bar of Ireland has launched a new initiative to promote Ireland as a world-leading centre of legal services after Brexit, with support from the IDA, the legal community and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. It aims to capitalise on the opportunities for the Irish legal sector after Brexit leaves Ireland as the only English-speaking common […]

Taoiseach concerned that abortion proposals ‘go too far’

Taoiseach concerned that abortion proposals ‘go too far’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he is concerned that proposals to allow abortions on request up to 12 weeks may be “a step too far” for most Irish people, The Irish Times reports. Mr Varadkar said the legislative recommendation from the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment “went further than many people may have anticipated”. […]

Enlarged jury sworn in for trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive

Enlarged jury sworn in for trial of former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive

David Drumm, the former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, has pleaded not guilty to being involved in an alleged €7.2 billion conspiracy to defraud and to dishonestly providing false information to the market. A specially enlarged jury of 15 jurors was sworn in yesterday at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in order to try him. […]

Ross defends role in blocking judicial appointments

Ross defends role in blocking judicial appointments

Transport Minister Shane Ross has defended the way in which he blocked successive judicial appointments at the Cabinet and hinted that he would be prepared to do so again. Speaking to The Irish Times, Mr Ross said reform of the judicial appointments process in Ireland had met with resistance from leading politicians who “are joined […]

Law Society defends increase in president’s salary

Law Society defends increase in president’s salary

The Law Society of Ireland has defended a decision to increase the salary of its part-time president to €115,000 per year. The salary figure for 2016 represents an increase of €5,000 on the previous year. Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society, told The Irish Times that the generous salary “allows the president to […]

AIB most likely bank to sue its customers

AIB most likely bank to sue its customers

AIB is the Irish bank most likely to sue its customers in the High Court, according to analysis by The Irish Times. The paper found AIB applied for debt summary judgments on 755 occasions last year. Although this represents a 37 per cent decline on its 2016 peak, it is more than double that at […]

Businessman blasts Ireland’s ‘outdated’ planning laws

Businessman blasts Ireland’s ‘outdated’ planning laws

Irish businessman Pat McDonagh has claimed that Ireland’s “outdated” planning laws are holding up investment into Galway. Mr McDonagh, who founded the Supermac’s fast food franchise, told the Sunday Business Post that the planning system is a “disaster” and investment was being held up by “vexatious” objections. He said this, along with Galway’s traffic problems, […]

Imprisonment rate for burglars varies wildly from region to region

Imprisonment rate for burglars varies wildly from region to region

New figures show that prison sentences for burglars vary greatly across different parts of the country, The Irish Times reports. The imprisonment rate in burglary cases varied from 39 per cent in Galway to 74 per cent in Dublin in the first seven months of 2017, according to figures released under FOI legislation. The average […]