“When criminal offences are framed around human characteristics such as ‘intention’ or ‘dishonesty’, it can be difficult to pinpoint a company’s responsibility, as opposed to that of a director or employee.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The financial crisis which we have just endured may have been the worst in our history. It had a number of causes, including questionable and probably(...)

The reform commission recommends that only courts should be allowed to issue search warrants. Photograph: Frank Miller

“Dawn raids” should be restricted, gardaí should no longer be allowed issue search warrants, and High Court judges should be able to permit warrants (...)

The Law Reform Commission has recommended new legislation on insurance contracts. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

New consumer legislation designed to remove “vicious devices and traps for the unwary” from insurance contracts has been recommended by the Law Reform(...)

Women who worked in the Magdalene laundries and remain resident in Ireland will get a medical card and other supports including home help, counselling and physiotherapy services free of charge from July 1st when the Redress for Women Who Were Resident in Certain Institutions Act comes into force.

Women who worked in the Magdalene laundries and remain resident in Ireland will get a medical card and other supports including home help, counselling(...)

The provision of a Health Amendment Act (HAA) 1996 Card was recommended by Mr Justice John Quirke, who prepared a compensation scheme for the Magdalene  women.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Oireachtas members have been called on to ensure that the Government amends a redress Bill to give Magdalene survivors a healthcare package. The provi(...)

Magdalene survivors Marina Gambold (left) and Maureen Sullivan after meeting with Enda Kenny last year. In order to deliver his report, Mr Justice John Quirke was assisted by 33 barristers who, over five weeks, talked to the 337 Magdalene survivors. photograph: bryan o’brien

In April last year they began making the first tentative phone calls. Hundreds of women with the same and yet infinitely different experiences answere(...)

Deceased victims of the Magdalene Laundries were remembered at a special cermony at Glasnevin Cemetery last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It is almost a year since the Taoiseach made his emotional apology to survivors of the Magdalene Laundries, and yet these women continue to suffer pov(...)

Survivors of Magdalene laundries: The Government has been asked to explain the lack of an independent inquiry into the laundries. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has been challenged by the UN Human Rights Committee on what measures it has taken “to prohibit all corporal punishment of children in (...)

Survivors of Magdalene Laundries on their way into Leinster House last February to sit in the public gallery for the Dáil debate on the McAleese report. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has sought a Dáil debate on the refusal of the four religious orders that ran the Magdalene Laundries to make a financial contribution towar(...)

The  plaque dedicated to Magdalane Laundry survivors in St Stephens Green, Dublin. Photograph: PA

The four religious congregations that ran the Magdalene laundries have told the Government they will not make any financial contribution to the multim(...)