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(...)

Eight people are escorted from the Special Criminal Court in Dublin in 2013: the Act permitting the avoidance of a jury trial has been criticised by civil liberties groups. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Special Criminal Court has yet to hear a single case under legislation introduced five years ago to use the non-jury court to deal with organised (...)

This book is a loving memorial to Brian Lenihan, the former minister for finance and Fianna Fáil politician. He was caught in the eye of an economi(...)

Ben Wizner, lawyer for Edward Snowden, speaking at the Secile project conference at the RIA in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Society needs to think about “worst case scenarios” for the use of data kept on citizens for the purposes of mass surveillance, the lawyer for NSA whi(...)

Conor Brady: his judgment on the force    now is implicit in his decision not to seek reappointment to GSOC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The contrast between “the great pomp and ceremony” that attended the birth of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and the immovable obstacles late(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: is to bring a memo to Cabinet today proposing that a referendum be held on the issue. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is set to agree to hold a referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution, following recommendations of the const(...)

Elaine Keogh Louth Fianna Fail deputy and former Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk will not contest the next general election. His decision, which was made(...)

Minister for Communications Alex  White says he will implement the €550m plan outlined by Mr Rabbitte earlier this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Alex White has identified increasing fast broadband to rural Ireland as his first and immediate priority in his new offic(...)

Steve Collins,  father of murdered Limerick man Roy Collins, has said the “10-year nightmare” experienced by his family is now over following the conviction of Wayne Dundon (36) and Nathan Killeen (24) for the murder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The father of murdered Limerick man Roy Collins has said the “10-year nightmare”experienced by his family is now over. Speaking outside the Criminal C(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe: Very few people emerge with credit from the report. One who does, however, is McCabe himself, whom the report points out was described by his superiors as committed, energetic, hard-working and trustworthy.

In late January 2008 a meeting took place between Maurice McCabe, a Garda sergeant then based at Bailieboro, Co Cavan, and his superintendent. Over th(...)