Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling in favour of the scientist led to the establishment of the taskforce on gender equality. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

NUI Galway (NUIG) has approved the full membership of its taskforce on gender equality, following last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling(...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman: was sharply critical. Photograph: Eric Luke

If good fences make good neighbours Mr Justice Hardiman was at his neighbourly best speaking at a conference on judges, politics and the Irish Constit(...)

One issue which had ‘disappointed’ Mr Justice Nial Fennelly for many years was the failure of the European Court of Justice to adopt for itself the role of a constitutional court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The European Court of Justice is facing a challenging increase in work-load, Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Nial Fennelly has said. The c(...)

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is under increasing political pressure to withdraw remarks about two Garda whistleblowers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The Garda Commissioner is appointed by the Government and is responsible to the Minister for Justice, who, in turn, is accountable to Dáil Éire(...)

The Ombudsman should become a constitutional office, similar to the Comptroller and Auditor General, the State’s new Ombudsman Peter Tyndall ha(...)

Dr Padraic Kenna of school of law at National University of Ireland Galway: “Today, an eviction represents the collision of basic human rights with property rights . . .” Photograph: Aengus McMahon

The pace and extent of evictions from housing across 28 EU member states is to be measured in a €1 million research project led by a Galway law lectur(...)

Ivana Bacik
What Mandela meant to me

Ivana Bacik Senator and academicI think Nelson Mandela has had an immense impact on the world. He has been a shining example of the power of forgivene(...)

The office of ombudsman should be ’reconfigured’, law school head Prof Donncha O’Connell has proposed. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The office of Ombudsman should be “reconfigured” as a constitutional office charged with protecting human rights, NUI Galway (NUIG) law school head Pr(...)

Mayo supporter John Dunne outside his home yeaterday at Hawthorn Place in Knocknacarra, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

It may be little known in Dublin, but is well-known in the west: Galway is the unofficial capital of Mayo. For decades Eyre Square has been first stop(...)