Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: TD:  denied feeling ‘bitter’ in the wake of his resignation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Former justice minister Alan Shatter has not spoken to Taoiseach Enda Kenny since June, in the aftermath of his resignation from ministerial office th(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald:  she roposes to extend adoption rights not only to same-sex civil partners but to cohabiting couples as well. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

With his draft version of the Children and Family Relationships Bill, Alan Shatter produced what would be the most significant overhaul of family law (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said the removal of surrogacy was because a Supreme Court decision was pending and there were “critical issues needing to be resolved”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government has dropped plans to legislate for surrogacy as part of an overhaul of family law. The general scheme of the Children and Family Rela(...)

The Government has dropped plans to legislate for surrogacy as part of an overhaul of family law. File  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has dropped plans to legislate for surrogacy as part of an overhaul of family law. The general scheme of the Children and Family Relati(...)

Senator Rónán Mullen speaking to assylum seakers in Direct Provision at Mosney and Portlaoise (LtoR) Hamalys Akyamba, Ben Kwanzi, Maurice Kiesse, Greg Straton Director of SPIRASI, Patricia Murambinda, Gerald Musekiwa, and Robert Fimbo from Zimbabwe and DRC before a private members motion in the Seanad on the day the Dáil returned to business after the summer recess. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Asylum seekers at a second Cork reception centre have begun a protest at the direct provision system - the fifth such centre nationally to see protest(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said it would be ‘jumping to very wide conclusions’ to suggest the force was out of control or undisciplined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan have urged the public not to jump to any conclusions about al(...)

 Ms Justice  Maureen Harding Clark. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A retired High Court judge has said she asked the former minister for justice Alan Shatter to establish an inquiry into a Co Limerick direct provision(...)

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell said he does not know how the reported “deferential attitude” to the Garda had developed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell has said the criticisms of the Department of Justice made in an independent report paint an “alarmingly different”(...)

Complex role: Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald talks to the media about GSOC. Photograph: Alan Betson

The dysfunctional picture painted of the Department of Justice in the Toland report is alarmingly different from the department I knew when I was mini(...)

Fromer minister for justice Alan Shatter who is challenging the findings of the Guerin report in the High Court. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has initiated a High Court challenge aimed at quashing certain findings of the Guerin report concerning Mr Sh(...)