Gerry Walshe, Lisdeen, Co Clare. Photograph: Collins/Courts

The Supreme Court has refused to permit two men to bring further appeals against the rejection of their separate legal challenges to the Yes result (...)

In 2010, the courts granted 64,878 special exemption orders and there were 63,550 convictions for public order offences. By 2013, there were 45,869 special exemption orders granted and 40,823 public order offences

A decline in the number of special exemption orders granted by the District Court to allow pubs serve alcohol until the early hours of the morning has(...)

Former president of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet  delivering a speech to an invited audience on  Governance of the Eurozone: Past, Present and Future at an  event in Dublin organised by the Institute for International and European Affairs on April 30th, 2015.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:34

The consequences of bailing in senior bondholders in Irish banks at the time of the financial crash in late 2008 could have “far outweighed the gains”(...)

Former tánaiste and minister for education  Mary Coughlan and former taoiseach Brian Cowen. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Soldiers of Destiny are out in force today for their ardfheis in the RDS. They will have a lot to say about the IBRC controversy causing ru(...)

The popularity of head shops also coincided with a fall in cocaine use. The economy was slipping, and as Robin Williams once told us, “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you are making too much money”. When the shops closed, the illegal drug trade picked up the slack. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish current affairs sometime feel like a sitcom. So you could almost hear the canned laughter when a judge recently ruled part of our drug laws unco(...)

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey has said speaking out publicly as a gay man might help other people of his age and generation .

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey has said speaking out publicly as a gay man might help other people of his age and generation .“There are lots o(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is right to say that “we have been talking about this for too long”, even if  this neglects his own part in this delay. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

Like free education or the smoking ban, the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill marks a paradigm shift in a key area of public policy. Unlike the othe(...)

The Taoiseach after signing the book of condolence, at the French embassy in Dublin, for the victims of the shootings at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution will not be held during the lifetime of this Government, Taoiseach Enda Kenny (...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)

Eamonn Geoghegan: “I was smoking cannabis all day every day, taking Valium, methadone, cocaine, heroin and other stuff, and drinking as well.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In a noisy District Court number six on Dublin’s Chancery Street, Judge Gráinne O’Neill hands Patrick Lawlor a certificate of graduation from the D(...)