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 is to publish legislation in the coming months to change to way in which judges are selected for appointment. (...)

From left, Barry Lyttle (33), Oliver Lyttle (74) and Patrick Lyttle (31) seen in a photograph celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney. Patrick Lyttle has emerged from a coma after spending three days unconscious after incident in Sydney. Image: Facebook

An Irish man allegedly knocked unconscious by his brother in Sydney last weekend has come out of a coma.Barry Lyttle (33) allegedly punched his brothe(...)

Brothers Barry (left) and Patrick Lyttle from Ballycastle in Northern Ireland. Patrick is critically ill in an Australian hosptal after Barry is alleged to have struck him.

An Irish man was last night granted bail by an Australian court after being charged over an assault in Sydney that has left his brother in a critical (...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott attends the memorial service for Katrina Dawson at Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 23rd December 2014. Photograph: EPA/Nikki Short

Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott says security agencies have reported an increased level of “terrorist chatter” and that “an attack is likely”.S(...)

The casket of Tori Johnson is removed from his  memorial service, in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Memorial services for the two victims of an Australian cafe siege were held on Tuesday.Lindt Chocolat Cafe manager Tori Johnson and lawyer Katrina Da(...)

Iranian muslim cleric Man Haron Monis in 2009, bound in chains and holding an Australian flag outside court, after he was charged with unlawfully using the postal service to menace, after sending harassing letters to families of Australian soldiers. Photograph: Sergio Dioniso/EPA

On Tuesday Australians woke up to find their worst fears realised. The siege in Sydney’s Lindt Chocolate Cafe, which had begun at 9.44am the previous (...)

A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16th, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images 1:38

The gunman at the centre of the siege at a Sydney cafe was not on a terrorism watchlist, Australia’s prime minister has said, as police began a wide-r(...)

 New South Wales Tactical Police on Phillip Street close to the Lindt Chocolate cafe in Martin Place, Sydney. Photograph: EPA

The ongoing hostage crisis in Sydney shows the Australian government was not overreaching when in September it raised its terror threat level from ‘me(...)

A hostage runs towards a police officer outside the Lindt cafe, where other hostages are being held, in Martin Place in central Sydney.  Photograph: Reuters 1:06

llllllllllNew South Wales Police has confirmed three people have been pronounced dead following the Sydney siege — a 34-year-old man, a 38-year-old wo(...)

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

These are uncertain times for the Law Library. The economic collapse has meant that an increasing number of barristers are in competition for a smalle(...)