Local residents and rescue workers help a migrant woman after a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Rhodes, southeastern Greece, on April 20th, 2015.  Photograph: Argiris Mantikos/AFP/Getty Images

Asylum given to those who can show they are fleeing persecution and in need of protection

Senior counsel Michael O’Higgins said the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to relax rules on evidence in criminal trials will provide a “get-out clause” for gardaí who do not adhere to high standards. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Michael O’Higgins SC thinks decision relaxing criminal evidence rules has huge implications

Supreme court judge Adrian Hardiman: “I consider it utterly unwise, to use no stronger word, to grant to the gardaí, in that context, the effective immunity from judicial oversight which this case does.”

Adrian Hardiman says ruling gives Garda ‘effective immunity from judicial oversight’

 Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman:  In his 166-page minority judgment, one of his most impassioned, Mr Justice Hardiman deplores what his colleagues have done. Photograph: The Irish Times

Divisions emerge as judges relax controls on use of evidence obtained in breach of rights

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has dismissed the concern that not supporting the same-sex marriage referendum will affect funding. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Concern that lack of same-sex marriage support will affect funding is a ‘red herring’

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Marriage Equality campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Many people have a family member, friend or colleague who is gay, says Gerry Adams

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe said this week that he would write to Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett recommending a motion of censure against Mary Lou McDonald. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin TD denies she abused Dáil privilege by naming former politicians

The proposed amendment to Article 41 is the insertion of the line: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”

Everything you need to know ahead of vote on constitutional change on May 22nd

Voters will be asked to vote on on the questions of marriage equality and the age of eligibility for contesting presidential elections on May 22nd. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Referendum Commission guide to be sent to 2 million households at end of month

Deputy Alan Shatter TD: “The timeframe is gone. So we’re into the lifetime of the next government, and there’s no guarantee what the composition of that government will be.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Concern over generating controversy key to dropping surrogacy from children’s Bill, says former minister

Victor: ballot papers and campaign posters for Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party lie on the ground after the country’s parliamentary elections, on March 18th. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

A sharp veer to the right has secured a fourth term as PM for Binyamin Netanyahu. What does it mean for a peace deal with the Pale(...)

 Brian O’Donnell arrives at the Court of Appeal in Dublin for  an appeal case to a High Court trespass order against him at his former seaside mansion home Gorse Hill, in Killiney. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Judgement expected by end of next week as court very anxious to ‘finalise this matter’

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell.  Photo Leon Farrell /Photocall Ireland

O’Donnells want court to overturn decision granting trespass order to bank

Brian O’Donnell: Said his loans were not from Bank of Ireland but from Bank of Ireland Private Banking, which was not a licensed bank but a mortgage intermediary. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Stay extended on Gorse Hill departure order pending outcome of couple’s legal challenge

Court of Appeal grants solicitor stay on south Dublin mansion pending appeal

Members of the French community play Petanque at a club on in Netanya, Israel. French authorities estimate that as many as 150,000 French Jews live in Israel, and the number of new arrivals has been rising in recent years. Photograph: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

French-speaking estate agents in town of Netanya see a boom in business

A furniture removal team was seen removing furniture and other items from the O’Donnells former property, Gorse Hill, on Vico Road in Killiney on Thursday night. Photograph: Justin Farrelly Photos.

Justice Sean Ryan says stay granted so Mr O’Donnell can present appeal next Thursday

Brian O’Donnell asked the  appeals court if he and his wife, Mary Patricia, should “continue to pack up” their belongings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

O’Donnell may be able to appeal High Court order requiring vacation of Gorse Hill home

Israel’s economy minister Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right Jewish Home party, during campaigning  in the country’s general election.  Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Charismatic former Netanyahu aide’s views on Palestinians place him far from mainstream

Isaac Herzog at a campaign rally in a market in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod  on March 3rd. The Labor Party leader, who is seeking to becom prime minister of Israel after next week’s general election, has strong Irish connections. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

Polls show the scion of the ‘Israeli Kennedys’ has momentum in campaign’s final days

A construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel: “These houses . . . are on land taken from Palestinian ownership,” says Hadeel Hunaiti of human rights group al-Haq. photograph: uriel sinai/getty

A place that exemplifies normalisation of settlements in Israeli life draws young people

As soon as the government order was issued, gardaí visited every head shop in the State and requested a list of the substances on sale. Within three weeks, the number of head shops around the country fell from 102 to 36. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Number of pending cases affected by fallout from Court of Appeal’s decision thought to be small

A young boy flies a kite on the Mediterranean beach in Tel Aviv. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

A campaign dominated by housing and the cost of living has left the peace process sidelined

Brian O’Donnell at the Four Courts last week. Mr O’Donnell and his wife Mary Patricia will have their bankruptcy hearing at the High Court later this month.  Photograph: Courts Collins

‘Two weeks to go through two feet thick of documents is not reasonable,’ says Brian O’Donnell

 Prof Robert Harrison, chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: “We feel that this issue has not been properly debated and that the public have not been consulted on the matter.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Obstetricians warn TDs that plan could ‘drive donor conception underground’

Jerry Beades, founder of the New Land League, at the O’Donnell’s Killiney home. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The group says it will assist anybody whose family home is being threatened by banks

Wasteland: Palestinian boys play on the rubble of a building in Shejaia. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty

After last summer’s war, residents of the suburb of Shejaia returned to a barely recognisable expanse of rubble. Six months on, it(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has warned that the Child and Family Relationships Bill will bring donor-assisted human reproduction in Ireland to an end. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Exchanges between Shatter and Frances Fitzgerald dominate committee meeting

The O’Donnell home, Gorse Hill, on Vico road, Killiney, Co Dublin. The house has been assigned on foot of a claim for debts in excess of €70m owed to Bank of Ireland. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Latest move follows expiry of deadline for couple to vacate Vico Road house

Hans Zomer (above) director of Dóchas, said all charitable organisations had a duty to adhere to “the highest possible standards”.

Secretary general Donal Forde resigns over corporate governance and direction of charity

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Q Why was Charlie Flanagan in Palestine and Israel this week?

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.  Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Ireland committed to two-state solution and opposed to settlement expansion – Minister

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has announced that the Government is to provide €4.7 million in funding to UN agencies working with Palestinian refugees. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Minister for Foreign Affairs says he is ‘truly shocked’ by destruction in Gaza after war

Trinity College Dublin: seeking an injunction against Trinity English School, which is located adjacent to its campus. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

College says Trinity Language School infringes its intellectual property rights

Women were seriously underrepresented in the more senior ranks at the Department of Foreign Affairs, where they made up 27 per cent of counsellors and 8 per cent of assistant secretary and higher grades. File photograph: Getty Images

Departmental audit found women twice as likely to say approach to gender equality insufficient

Welcoming the referendum on same-sex marriage, which is due to take place in May, the Human Rights and Equality Commission said it was “an important step” towards full protection for the family life for all couples, irrespective of their gender. File photograph: Marvin Gentry/Reuters

Human Rights and Equality Commission welcomes referendum due in May

 Scales of Justice: in refusing the make the budget cuts the DPP said she was “not in a position to decide not to prosecute a class of crime, or crimes in a particular area of the State, in order to make the saving sought.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Office said proposed €1.9m cut was equal to half cost of prosecuting murder and rape

Advocates argue that a different set of factual circumstances – namely, those of a fatal foetal abnormality – could also legally justify a termination given that the “unborn” will not live.

Constitutional lawyers differ over abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett: may have been relying on Standing Orders to rule out Dáil debate on Garda malpractice. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett could have let the debate in the Dáil go ahead

President Michael D Higgins recalled the 11 million victims at the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration  in the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michael D Higgins, at memorial service, says world has duty to remember those who died

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. The head of the centenary project, John Concannon, initially proposed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Ms Humphreys an “ambitious project of scale” closely modelled on The Gathering

Head of centenary project said initiative could generate money, jobs and visitors

Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit Alliance:  described Syriza’s win as “a victory for all the victims of austerity in Europe”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin congratulates party of Tsipras and Siptu supports call for debt conference

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter  has lost his appeal against the Data Protection Commissioner’s decision on a complaint taken by Independent TD Mick Wallace over disclosures on RTE’s Primetime.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Judge finds claim that former minister had no standing to take appeal ‘well founded’

Protestors pictured during a March for Marriage in Dublin organised by LGBT Noise. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Yes and No sides hone their strategies as both expect a tightly-fought campaign

The Government has nominated barrister Isobel Kennedy for appointment as a High Court judge. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Isobel Kennedy SC appointed following Court of Appeal reshuffle

Relations between Government and the judiciary have grown warmer since Frances Fitzgerald replaced Alan Shatter at the Department of Justice last year. PHOTOGRAPH: ERIC LUKE

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald outlines her plans for judiciary and the opening up of the legal profession

Rallying after the terrorist attacks in Paris on January 11th, 2015. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Events of past 10 days remind of some ways in which France is the same – and different

People queue outside a Paris newsagent’s yesterday as the latest edition of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo goes on sale. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Stand-up comedian Dieudonné among those arrested for hate speech and defending terrorism

Columnist Philippe Lançon, who recounted events in Libération. Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images

Eyewitnesses recall horror of attack at Paris magazine office

A woman reads the last issue of French satirical weekly Charlie on Wednesday. Photograph:  AFP/Getty/Bertrand Guaybertrand

First 700,000 copies sell out within minutes

 Commuters queue to buy the new edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo at Gare de Lyon train station in Paris today. Photograph: EPA/YOAN VALAT

First batch of 500,000 magazine copies quickly snapped up by customers

The daughter of Phillipe Braham, one of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a Kosher supermarket in Paris last week mourns during their funeral service in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Jim Hollander/AFP/Getty Images

Members of country’s 500,000-strong Jewish community shaken by Paris killings

Click below to see the full centrespread of Wednesday’s Charlie Hebdo

Magazine back on sale one week after the terrorist attack

Armed security patrol outside a Jewish school in the Marais district, Paris, as children make their way home. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Serious questions about last week’s attacks will be asked by agencies

A man walks past a makeshift memorial for French policeman Ahmed Merabet near the site where he was shot dead. Photograph: Joel Saget/Getty Images

On the silent march through Paris people carried placards declaring ‘Je Suis Policier’

Stéphane Charbonnier, the editor of ‘Charlie Hebdo’, is remembered by marchers as they make their way along Boulevard Voltaire in  Paris yesterday. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The same words were on every lips, on every placard: ‘Je suis Charlie’

World leaders including (from left) Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French president François Hollande, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the start of the march.  Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

A million and a half people marched behind political leaders in Paris

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meeting French president Francois Hollande at the Elysée palace on Sunday afternoon before the rally. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach says meeting of the security committee took place on Saturday

French police are hunting Hayat Boumeddiene (L), the girlfriend of  Amedy Coulibaly (R) who was killed yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Paris Prefecture de Police

Authorities believe Hayat Boumeddiene (26) flew to Istanbul days before the attacks on her way to Syria

Riot officers patrol in Longpont, north of Paris. The suspects were were identified by a petrol station attendant in the town of Villers-Cotterets, 70km northeast of the French capital. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP

Police search 20km sq area of Picardie for brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi

A young woman holds a symbolic pen  as she joins others for a minute of silence in front of Notre Dame cathedral in memory of the 12 victims of the massacre at the Paris headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

President François Hollande calls for unity, saying ‘nothing can divide us’

French president François Hollande (right) shakes hands with former president Nicolas Sarkozy at the Élysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Hollande appeals for national unity and so far the political truce has held

Undated handout photos of Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, the two prime suspects in the Paris terror attack as a third man handed himself in.

Authorities had a particularly detailed file on 32-year-old Chérif Kouachi

A policeman stand guard in front of the Elysee Palace as part of the highest level of “Vigipirate” security plan in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Hundreds of police and soldiers patrol airports, train stations and newspaper offices

The DPP has reportedly been weighing whether to bring charges against David Drumm since receiving a file from investigators in late 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis: Irish authorities frustrated in attempts to draw Drumm into Anglo inquiries

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has split asylum reforms from the main immigration overhaul. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Requests for refugee status and other protection being streamlined

 Frances Fitzgerald:  said referendums had their own ‘momentum’ and that recent history showed attitudes could shift dramatically during a campaign.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Frances Fitzgerald says referendum may not support extending civil marriage to same-sex couples

The High Court was satisfied it was in the best interests of the unborn child to authorise, at the discretion of the medical team, the withdrawal of life support.

Family may proceed with burial following St Stephen’s Day High Court decision

The Four Courts: Costs were awarded to woman’s family as the case raised issues of ‘great public importance’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

All medical evidence suggested chances of successful live birth ‘virtually non-existent’

As three judges and 17 lawyers pored over the finer points of constitutional law in recent days, the body of a brain-dead woman in her mid-20s lay quiet and still in a hospital’s intensive care unit. File photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins

ANALYSIS: High Court judges pay tribute to father and partner for ‘immense courage’

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar who expressed his ‘heartfelt sympathies to the family and partner of the woman at the centre of this case at this most difficult time - particularly given the season’. Photograph: Collins

HSE says judgment a ‘welcome decision’ after traumatic number of days for the family

John Rogers SC, for the woman’s father, argued the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which sets down the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn, was not applicable to this case. Photograph: Frank Miller

Three-judge court to gives its verdict on St Stephen’s Day

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, one of the three judges, who handled proceedings with delicacy and tact, as the evidence proceeded swiftly

Atmosphere at out-of-term court sitting on right-to-life case is grave and purposeful

In two known cases since 2001, staff at hospitals in Waterford and Galway kept pregnant women on life support as a result of uncertainty over the hospitals’ obligation to the foetus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Life support maintained in Waterford and Galway cases of maternal brain death

President of the High Court the Hon Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns  said on Monday,  “Time is of the essence.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Case to be heard by three judges at a special sitting in High Court

Case raises issues relating to the right to life of the unborn and  whether switching off life support would breach the constitutional rights of the foetus

Father of ‘clinically dead’ pregnant woman may seek ward-of-court status to administer affairs

Paul Gallagher SC argues in a new book that the seriousness and extent of the challenges posed by EU law are not widely understood by the public, politicians or lawyers. Photographer: Paul O’Driscoll

Michael McDowell warns against judicial activism in book written for late Rory Brady

Case could present conflict between right to life and right to die a natural death

Brazil’s supreme court has voted to allow the extradition of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland. Picture Garrett White / Collins

The archetypal prince of the Irish boom fled with debts of €80 million

A key element of the Government’s long-delayed plan to overhaul the legal sector has been diluted in a raft of changes approved by Cabinet. Photograph: Getty

Creation of new ‘one-stop-shops’ now subject to public consultation

David Barniville: new chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers and runs the Law Library. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The new chairman of the Bar Council wants to address position of younger, struggling barristers

Ian Bailey and partner Jules Thomas who was cross-examined this week by senior counsel Paul O’Higgins. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The testimony of Marie Farrell and Jules Thomas made for a sensational week

Ian Bailey: was being set up for a confession like something out of Miami Vice, Marie Farrell told court. Photograph: Courts Collins

Marie Farrell said gardaí told her Ian Bailey was ‘into all sorts of weird things’

Pictured are nine of the ‘hooded men’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Court ruled in 1978 that treatment of 12 men was inhumane but not torture

Ian Bailey: his partner Jules Thomas denies that she had brought pressure to bear on her daughter to change an account of their movements given to the gardaí. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Jules Thomas denies putting pressure on her daughter to change statement on Ian Bailey

Edward Snowden, whose latest document releases were published by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung

'Will the Government continue to award contracts to firms that have been complicit with the UK government in spying on our convers(...)

Facing Forward report says: “Victims recognise very quickly that an adversarial criminal justice system reduces them to being a witness for the State and gives them very little opportunity to explain the impact of the abuse on their lives.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Criminal justice system ‘inherently ill-equipped’ to deal to sex crime challenges

John Tierney, chief executive of Irish Water: The company spends more than €81,000 a week on legal fees and has paid more than €5 million to three large Dublin law firms . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Figures show utility company has paid more than €5 million to three law firms

Jules Thomas, partner of Ian Bailey. She denied she told gardaí Mr Bailey had said he knew Ms Toscan du Plantier by sight and had seen her at a supermarket in Schull on the afternoon of December 21st

Partner Jules Thomas denies ‘walkabout’ claim

 Jules Thomas and her partner Ian Bailey: “He was so utterly remorseful . . . I do believe there is good in everyone.”    Photograph: Courts Collins

Court told that life with Ian Bailey was ‘not a bed of roses’

 Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: ruled that Eamonn Lillis was entitled to his half interest in assets jointly owned by himself and his late wife, including  their  family home in Howth,  and suggested that the law should be reviewed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Commission looking at issue which arose after killing of Celine Cawley by husband

Pictured at the ‘Hooded Men’ Amnesty press conference in Dublin. From left: Micheal Donnelly, Patrick Mc Nally Brian Turley, Gerry McKerr, Francis Mc Guigan, Joe Clarke, Jim Auld, Front (from left): Kevin Hannaway, Liam Shannon and Colm O’Gorman (standing sideways). Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

UK alleged to have breached the European Convention on Human Rights in North

Rising up: legal firms are reporting growth in business across a variety of areas, but the property, construction and conveyancing headings are out in front. Photograph: Edwin Tuyay/Bloomberg

New survey paints very positive picture for economic outlook of law sector

The Hon Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, Chief Justice and the Hon Mrs Justice Susan Denham. The Council of Europe has said the process by which judges are chosen should be reviewed with a view to selecting the most qualified and suitable candidates in a transparent way. Photograph:  Garrett White

Strasbourg body calls for system free from political interference

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts yesterday with his partner, Jules Thomas, for the third week of his High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

Events spanning almost 60 years picked over

 Ian Bailey and his partner Jules Thomas   leaving the Four Courts today, Mr Bailey’s seventh day under cross-examination by Luán Ó Braonáin SC, who is acting for the State. Photograph: Collins

Bailey agrees writings included ‘life’s a bummer when you’re unknown and unpublished’

Ian Bailey’s case against the State continues at the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Ian Bailey is questioned about newspaper and interviews

 Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington of NUI Galway:  a long-serving and widely published lecturer who missed out on promotion in 2009 after a process described by the tribunal as “ramshackle”.

Granddaughter of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington says decision ‘strikes a blow for all female academics’

Man on sick leave with depression treated less favourably due to disability, said tribunal

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