Senator David Norris: disgraceful to claim that the Government was anti-child. There was an “offensive and bullying’’ tone involved in the criticism. Photograph: David Norris

Following more than 120 amendments and as many days of debate the Children and a Family Relationship Bill has passed in the Seanad.Senators, along wit(...)

AGSI general secretary John Redmond: ‘The fact the jury found there was no conspiracy; that’s important for the reputation of the Garda organisation.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda sergeants and inspectors have welcomed the verdict in the Ian Bailey case, saying they remained hopeful that the murder of Sophie Toscan du Pla(...)

Chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council Sue Conlon (second right) introduces  President Michael D Higgins to  Vera Akpotor and Abreza Mehrabi at the official opening of the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre  in Dublin in 2012. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Department of Justice has described the resignation of Irish Refugee Council from the Government working group on direct provision as “regrettable(...)

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors’ general secretary John Redmond has said the time is right for the Garda Síochána to get a pay rise.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The general secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) has said the time is right for the Garda Síochána to get a pay rise.(...)

Deputy Alan Shatter TD: “The timeframe is gone. So we’re into the lifetime of the next government, and there’s no guarantee what the composition of that government will be.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has said the Government’s decision to remove surrogacy from the Children and Family Relationships Bill is a “(...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: said he was committed to achieving the ending of the practice of detaining children in adult prisons at the earliest possible date. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The practice of admitting minors to adult prisons is to cease from this week onwards.Until now, 17 year olds remanded in custody were typically placed(...)

Independent Katherine Zappone said the fundamental issue at stake was “about the protection of a minority’s right to marry by opening a civil institution, to be protected and be able to become a constitutional family”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Legislation to allow for a referendum on same sex marriage has been passed in the Seanad with a standing ovation by many of those supporting the Bill.(...)

Senator Jim Walsh opposes some 35 sections of the legislation.

There were heated exchanges in the Seanad over proposals that donor-assisted human reproduction should be confined to married mother-and-father coupl(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen: legislation facilitates fundamental attack on child’s rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Independent Senator Ronan Mullen has warned the Government and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald that legislation updating family law will destr(...)

 Former politician Ivor Callely’s legal action aimed at overturning the refusal to grant him temporary release from prison has been adjourned after the State objected to ‘scandalous allegations’ in a sworn statement.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An action by former politician Ivor Callely aimed at overturning the Minister for Justice’s refusal to grant him temporary release from prison has bee(...)