Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the launch of the Fine Gael general election campaign  at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In and out of the Dáil in less than a minute. After months of dropping hints, Enda Kenny burst from the blocks and was gone, leaving a bewildered col(...)

 Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who has managed to guide his party through five years of government to come out of the 31st Dáil with almost the same level of support it had going in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s the smaller party in an outgoing coalition that usually gets the electoral lash but it is very rare for the bigger party to escape without receiv(...)

What makes use of computer  and call data any different to a search warrant on a house? Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Powers that allow access to mobile phone and internet data are essential in the fight against crime a Garda member working for Interpol has said. Det(...)

Dolphin House, East Essex Street,  which houses the family court.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Lawyers working in family law have raised concerns about plans to move child-protection cases from Dolphin House in Dublin to the Chancery Street Cour(...)

Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission is for the first time seeking to outsource some of its investigations into members of the force. The Garda co(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has signed into law new bankruptcy legislation which will reduce the bankruptcy term from three years to one year.

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has signed into law new bankruptcy legislation which will reduce the bankruptcy term from three(...)

A review of cancelled Garda fixed charge penalty notices has raised concerns over the number of notices being returned undelivered. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A review of cancelled Garda fixed charge penalty notices has raised concerns over the number of notices being returned undelivered. However, retired (...)

Previously only mothers were entitled to statutory leave. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The Government will today agree to legislate to allow for fathers to take two weeks’ paid paternal leave. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald wil(...)

Noeline Blackwell, director of Flac, has welcomed a new legal scheme for people in mortgage debt. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A new legal support scheme for people in mortgage debt has been welcomed as a necessary measure for those at risk of losing their homes. The scheme, (...)

Former editor of The Irish Times Conor Brady, one of Gsoc’s three commissioners from 2005 to 2011, wrote at the weekend that he authorised numerous phone record requests, as provided for by law. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has been accessing individuals’ telephone records as far back as 2011, a former commissioner has confir(...)