From left: Finola Flanagan, full-time commissioner of the Law Reform Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus, Justice Mary Laffoy and Senator Ivana Bacik at the recent Student Legal Convention in UCD. Photograph:  Orla Murray/Ark Photography

In a first for any legal profession in the world, women Irish solicitors now outnumber men practising in Ireland. Figures for the end of 2014 show the(...)

The report will be launched today by Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus.

Pre-trial hearings should be held by judges in advance of sexual offence cases to decide whether a victim’s counselling records need to be disclosed,(...)

Vincent Browne: “Oh, dear God, I couldn’t get out, I COULDN’T GET OUT!  What happened to Joan Burton is nothing compared to that stuff in there.”    Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

We were only over the shock of the Tánaiste’s ordeal in Tallaght when news landed of yet another atrocity visited upon a defenceless citizen going abo(...)

Josephine Feehily, chairwoman   of the Revenue Commissioners, described as  “particularly clever” the Government’s move to encourage more women candidates in politics. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Many of the most senior legal and law-focused positions in the State are now held by women, following the appointment of the first female Garda Commi(...)

Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions: defended her office’s handling of rape cases

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has urged “great caution” in public comment on criminal cases before the courts, warning that the risk of p(...)

Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus: said when her office decided not to prosecute in a rape case, it was ‘only very rarely that there is any issue about the credibility of the complainant’

The Director of Public Prosecutions has defended her office’s handling of rape cases, saying it was “only very rarely” that it decided not to prosecut(...)

The number of criminal cases processed by the Director of Public Prosecutions last year was at its lowest in more than 10 years.According to the annu(...)

Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions, who launched Garda Powers: Law and Practice by Rebecca Coen

Legislation governing Garda powers is so opaque that it hampers effective oversight of policing, a barrister from the office of the Director of Publi(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan: took over in March after the resignation of Martin Callinan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Justice is depicted by a woman holding scales in one hand and a sword in the other. Following Frances Fitzgerald’s appointment as Minister for Just(...)

Labour TD for Cork South Central Ciarán Lynch is widely held to be the favourite to take charge of the Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crash.

Work is under way to quickly establish an Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crash following the conclusion of the Anglo trial, but public hea(...)