A woman who has been in prison for eight weeks over a failure to comply with court orders directing her to leave a €1 million south Dublin property, has lost an appeal over the order jailing her.
The Court of Appeal said, if there is to be any change in the status quo, the woman must "face up to the reality of the situation as the law has determined it to be" and purge her contempt.
The trial of Independent TD Michael Lowry has been told that the politician would like the jury to believe that "a tragic series of unfortunate events" has led to him being before the court.
It is the State's case that Mr Lowry's company, Garuda Ltd, received €372,000 in commission from Norpe OY, a refrigeration company based in Finland, in August 2002.
The High Court has ordered the adoption of a 17-year-old girl who was not toilet trained or able to speak properly before she was long-term fostered at the age of 10 and began to thrive under her foster carers.
More than 1,000 marriages between foreign men and women in the Republic have been identified by the Garda as sham marriages of convenience.