Caron McCaffrey, a career official, has been appointed Director General of the Irish Prison Service (IPS). She is the first woman to hold the post.
Ms McCaffrey takes over from Michael Donnellan, who retired last month after six years in the role.
She previously worked for the Department of Justice in the press office and the Asylum Policy Division before taking up the role of Press and Programmes Manager in the IPS in 2006.
A schoolboy who has been left with a facial scar after being knocked down by a car while walking with his father across a pedestrian crossing at a retail park has settled his High Court case for €100,000.
A 10-year-old girl who slipped on soap bubbles and broke her ankle at a summer camp four years ago has been awarded €18,000 damages against her school.
An eight-year-old boy, who fell and lacerated his forehead at The Deer Park Hotel, Howth, Co Dublin, more than five years ago, has been awarded €25,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
The Court of Appeal will rule later on an appeal by Kenmare Resources over a €10 million libel award, the highest in the history of the State, to its former deputy chairman Donal Kinsella over a press release issued by the company.