The testing of unconscious drivers involved in crashes for the presence of alcohol and drugs and the introduction of roadside impairment tests are du(...)

 Chairman of the Bar of Ireland David Nolan SC and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Bar of Ireland Conference in Westport at  the weekend. Photograph: Conor McKeown

Taoiseach Enda Kenny struck a conciliatory tone with barristers over contentious legal reforms, pledging to engage with them as late changes to the l(...)


Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

Alan Shatter leaves a significant legacy on the statute books after his three years in the Department of Justice. One of the centrepieces of his progr(...)

Attorney General Máire Whelan informed the Taoiseach of the recording of telephone calls in Garda stations on Sunday evening.    Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Attorney General Máire Whelan did not brief the Cabinet last November on the Garda practice of recording telephone calls because (...)

Legal change: the Department of Transport is considering whether leaving the scene of a collision should carry a mandatory minimum sentence

Motorists who flee the scene of a collision will soon face harsher penalties under proposals being drawn up by the Department of Transport. Under the (...)

Attorney General Maire Whelan: will be heavily involved in presenting the legislation and responding to queries

Last Thursday morning, heavy stationery boxes from Áras an Uachtaráin were hand-delivered to about 25 addresses around Ireland. Each box contained a(...)

President Higgins: seven individuals on the council are chosen by the President

Final preparations were under way at Áras an Uachtaráin last night for the first meeting of the Council of State since President Michael D Higgins (...)

The Cabinet today approved the proposal by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to increase the size of the Supreme Court from eight judges to 10. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two new judges will be appointed to the Supreme Court under a Government plan aimed at cutting a long backlog of cases at the court. The(...)