The rise in the number of life sentences reflects the increasingly violent nature of crime, especially among organised criminals, as well as the success of the Garda in bringing criminals before the courts

The average time in prison served by those sentenced to life reached 20 years last year for only the third time in the history of the State.News that (...)

The Courts of Criminal Justice where the trial was held. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Graham Dwyer’s sentencing has been postponed for four weeks but the only term open to Mr Justice Tony Hunt to impose on him is that of life. W(...)

Life gets longer in Irish prisons

Each year – on average – the Irish courts impose 21 life-sentences on offenders, and in 2013 there were 319 prisoners serving such sentences ; less th(...)

The “My Favourite Case” section of “Law Matters” in The Irish Times often features leading (...)