Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD: “In most European countries they have allowed asylum seekers to work after a certain amount of time.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The current ban on work and further education for asylum seekers is to be reviewed by the new Government working group on direct provision, according(...)

 Enda Kenny: Oireachtas justice committe should deal with issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny claimed his position would be untenable if the allegations of rape and cover-up made by Belfast woman Maíria Cahill had involved (...)

Frances Fitzgerald: reforms about broader systemic failures

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has introduced legislation in the Dáil to strengthen the role and powers of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Comm(...)

Garda graduates

Reducing Garda regions from six to three to deal with “huge inefficiences’’ was suggested by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform ahead (...)

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 (...)

Caroline Dunne: seeking answers as to why her children’s names were entered into the Garda’s Pulse database. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

A mother whose two children’s details have been removed from the Garda Pulse system in recent days is preparing to sue the State. Caroline Dunn(...)

Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani arrive at the Gawilan camp on the outskirts of Dohuk province. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that three Irish citizens have died in conflict zones in the Middle East since 2010. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that three Irish citizens have died in conflict zones in the Middle East since 2010. Speaking in(...)

As well as additional funding for the Garda, the oversight bodies that police and advise the force will also see their budgets increase.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Government is to recruit 200 extra gardaí by the end of January and some €10 million has been made available for Garda vehicles in a two-pronged b(...)

Mr Justice Bryan McMahon, chair of the working group set up to examine what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Members of the working group set up to examine what improvements should be made to the State’s existing direct provision system have been announced as(...)

 Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 1,000 teachers and extra gardaí will be recruited next year as part of budget deals finalised by the Government. The Cabinet signed off o(...)