Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said the European Commission had found “some of the current restrictions being applied in this jurisdiction may be disproportionate.” Photograph: Barry Cronin

The European Commission is taking infringement proceedings against Ireland in connection with an alleged breach of a directive which eased restriction(...)

Veronica Honan with Cian, her 10-year-old son: ‘Cian was able to hold a spoon and to self-feed, but he can no longer do so.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Children with profound special needs are suffering severely due to cutbacks in therapies and in respite care places at a Dublin-based centre, accordin(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe with Road Safety Authority chief executive Moyagh Murdock at the announcement of new speed limits in March. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A city that permits driving speeds of 50km/h on residential roads will never be child friendly, a road safety conference has heard. Rod King, founder (...)

Minister of State for New Communities Aodhán Ó Riordáin said the working group report on the asylum-seeker system would be published within weeks after Easter. Photograph: The Irish Times

An independent report on making improvements to supports for asylum seekers, including the direct provision system, will be published “within weeks”. (...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said there had been an increase in the number of civil cases taken against organisations for failing to protect personal data.

There has been in increase in the number of civil law actions taken against organisations and even Government departments for failing to protect peopl(...)

Graham Dwyer is accused of the murder of childcare worker Elaine O’Hara on August 22nd, 2012. Photograph: PA

Video clips showing murder-accused Graham Dwyer having sex were “horrific and horrendous”, but the shock they engendered should be let “drift away”, (...)

Graham Dwyer: Mr Justice Hunt said the jury  should consider all of the evidence, guard against distorting facts to fit the proposition and be satisfied no explanation other than guilt was compatible with the circumstances. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

If two phones allegedly used by Graham Dwyer were not his, they were “referable to somebody who bears an astonishing similarity to aspects of his life(...)

Architect Graham Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, Co Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Elaine O’Hara in 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The judge in the trial of Graham Dwyer for the alleged murder of Elaine O’Hara has told the jury if they are not satisfied that phones alleged to have(...)

Defence counsel Remy Farrell: told jurors in the trial of Graham Dwyer that they must first decide if Elaine O’Hara was murdered at all. Photograph: Courtpix

The gap in evidence against Graham Dwyer is a “gaping chasm” and the forensics entirely contradict the prosecution’s thesis, his defence lawyer has to(...)

Seán Guerin SC said Graham Dwyer’s plan to kill someone included planning how to deal with blood at the scene and on himself and also required picking someone who was vulnerable. Photograph: Collins Courts

Graham Dwyer was “a sadistic and brutal pervert with nothing on his mind other than murder” and had given consideration to whether he could make a ki(...)