In 2014 the Department of Justice and Equality said the setting up of specialist family law courts could be dealt with through legislation. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Specialist family law courts established as divisions within existing court structures are to be provided for in draft legislation being worked on by (...)

 Alan Shatter:  clashed with the Bar Council over the Legal Services Regulation Bill when he introduced it.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has excoriated the Bar Council for fighting “tooth and nail” against every reform proposed for the legal pr(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald amended  the bill on the advice of the attorney general that the Bar Council could sue. Pic: Collins Photos.

That the Government was told by the Attorney General that the barristers’ representative body, the Bar Council, would go to court over a proposed c(...)

The milk-and-watery terms of the Legal Services Regulation Bill represent a triumph for the lobbying powers of the Bar Council and the Law Society and(...)

 John Dillon at Dublin District Court where he was ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

A council worker who sent former minister for justice Alan Shatter a litany of anti-Semitic emails has been been sentenced to 100 hours of community s(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald will seek approval for the  Bill, which was initially published by former minister for justice Alan Shatter, in 2012. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Holders of public office could face up to 10 years in prison and removal from office if convicted of corruption under new laws planned by the Ministe(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: appeals in referendum result cases should automatically bypass the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The law should be changed to make it more difficult for legal challenges to delay referendum results taking effect, former minister for justice Alan S(...)

Property developer Johnny Ronan. File  photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The banking inquiry has agreed to redact the written statement of developer Johnny Ronan. Mr Ronan formally requested that the Oireachtas committee r(...)

The long-awaited Legal Services Regulation Bill is expected to be signed into law by the end of the year, after a four-year incubation period. It will(...)

Property developer Johnny Ronan who said he did not intend to cause offence  with  his use of the Nazi phrase ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’. Photograph: Collins

Property developer Johnny Ronan has apologised for including a reference to second World War concentration camps in his written statement to the Oirea(...)