Francesca Comyn

Francesca Comyn

Francesca Comyn is the Sunday Business Post’s Legal Affairs Correspondent. In this role, she drives the Post’s coverage of legal affairs, including litigation, legislation and the law. An award-winning journalist, Comyn was Courts Correspondent with Newstalk (and Today FM) for the past eight years. She was previously a news anchor at Newstalk and Q102 (Lite FM). Comyn is the recipient of a Justice Media Award. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997 and later completed a law degree at DIT, Aungier Street.

Selling the Pope

Selling the Pope

Remembered as a high water mark of Irish Catholicism, the Papal Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on September 29, 1979 was the biggest public event ever staged in this country. Faced with the challenge of punishing deadlines, security threats and a meagre budget by today’s standards, the organisers delivered what became an indelible cultural memory to a live audience of more than a million people. As Ireland prepares for the visit of Pope Francis later this month, Francesca Comyn looks back at the epic preparations of 39 years ago

Supreme Court to rule on medical experts’ ‘excessive’ legal fees

Supreme Court to rule on medical experts’ ‘excessive’ legal fees

One local expert retained as a witness over two days in a High Court action was paid €27,230 by the State Claims Agency while a second, who also attended the hearing over two days, was paid €19,870, the court was told

Varadkar is urged to act on ‘confused landscape’ of personal insolvency

Varadkar is urged to act on ‘confused landscape’ of personal insolvency

Personal insolvency practitioner Mitchell O’Brien argues that the 10,700 non-performing Permanent TSB loans sold to vulture fund Lone Star last week could have been resolved in less than two years using the existing insolvency infrastructure

Three years of litigation with Ronan leave rival developer ‘high and dry’

Three years of litigation with Ronan leave rival developer ‘high and dry’

Creditor Balark, owned by rival developer Pat Crean of the Marlet group, has brought a motion to oust the current liquidator of Chambury, an insolvent firm linked to developer Johnny Ronan

Supreme Court to hear child pornography US extradition challenge

Supreme Court to hear child pornography US extradition challenge

Eric Eoin Marques, the Irish man described by the FBI as the world’s largest facilitator of child pornography, was arrested on an extradition warrant in Dublin in August 2013 and has been in custody ever since

Court rules over Quinn document disclosure

Court rules over Quinn document disclosure

The former tycoon’s family is set for a €2 billion courtroom clash with the former Anglo Irish Bank

Ballymore, U&I and Hines vie for St James’s Gate redevelopment

Ballymore, U&I and Hines vie for St James’s Gate redevelopment

Shortlisted builders will now prepare full plans for a new urban quarter covering 12.6 acres of city. Drinks giant Diageo aiming to convert historic brewery site into mixed-use development

HSE, nuns in talks to settle abuse claims against jailed medic Shine

HSE, nuns in talks to settle abuse claims against jailed medic Shine

The HSE and the religious order that ran Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda have agreed to ...

Film director Sheridan sues law firm in row over €2.3m Dalkey house

Film director Sheridan sues law firm in row over €2.3m Dalkey house

It’s the second legal action taken by Sheridan and his wife linked to the house they sold in 2016

Exclusive: Cash-for-visas scheme faces axe as report reveals litany of failures

Exclusive: Cash-for-visas scheme faces axe as report reveals litany of failures

Investigation finds only 1,106 jobs being sustained by scheme; vast majority of 836 applications to date have come from China

Fraudster’s estate to be sued by children of late partner

Fraudster’s estate to be sued by children of late partner

The estate of international serial fraudster Julia Holmes is to be sued by the children of her late partner Thomas Ruttle

Playwright’s ‘biased judge’ claim dismissed by Court of Appeal

Playwright’s ‘biased judge’ claim dismissed by Court of Appeal

Costs awarded against Bisi Adigun in Abbey row over a modern staging of the Playboy of the Western World more than a decade ago

Judge queries missing emails in multimillion euro legal row

Judge queries missing emails in multimillion euro legal row

Justice Denis McDonald referred to what he described as the 'surprising' disappearance of emails in a complex multimillion euro legal row between high profile Celtic Tiger architect Jerry Ryan and businessman Barry English

Magan battles on over €19m sale of Castletown Cox estate

Magan battles on over €19m sale of Castletown Cox estate

The retired banker and former chairman of the British Conservative Party was allegely spared from bankruptcy in the High Court in London last October by a last-minute intervention from billionaire tax exile, Brexiteer and fellow Tory peer Lord Michael Ashcroft

An inspector calls...

An inspector calls...

The beleaguered media group Independent News & Media spent last week in the High Court fighting tooth and nail to prevent the ODCE’s inspectors probing its affairs