Bernadette McAliskey: “An educated poor eats its government.” Photograph: Paula Geraghty

The primacy of human rights has to be the  lens through which we can "understand society" and be "agents for a better world",  former MP,(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the Government will increase the size of the Supreme Court from eight to 10 judges in the coming months, a move that will allow it to sit in three divisions for the first time and help cut into the waiting list. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At a recent hearing in the Supreme Court, as two barristers ruminated at length over how to go about delivering a box of documents to the court, Mr Ju(...)

 Supreme Court judges at  an appeal by the State against a landmark decision in favour of Kathryn Sinnot and her son Jamie, who has autistm, in 2001. It was the first time seven Supreme Court judges had assembled to determine a constitutional issue. From left: Hugh Geoghegan, John Murray, Susan Denham, the then chief justice Ronan Keane, Frank Murphy, Adrian Hardiman and Nial Fennelly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It has played a key role in helping to shape modern Ireland but the Supreme Court was slow to find its voice. After the foundation of the State, the j(...)