President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, at his office in the Four Courts in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The retiring president of the High Court has warned his fellow judges about the dangers of paralysing investigations into matters of serious public co(...)

John Halligan: ‘We are talking about people who, in their most desperate moment of life, are being deprived of their humanitarian rights.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Independent TD John Halligan moved a Private Member’s Bill providing for “a dignified and peaceful end of life’’ for qualifying persons. He said the(...)

Mr Justice Paul Carney retired from the bench last April after a legal career spanning five decades, including some 25 years service as a judge of the High Court. Photograph: Eric Luke

Mr Justice Paul Carney, who died today, retired from the bench last April after a legal career spanning five decades, including some 25 years (...)

Gail O’Rorke who was found not guilty of assisted suicide is to meet TDs  to discuss the need for new legislation in the area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A woman found not guilty of assisted suicide is to meet TDs today to discuss the need for new legislation in the area. Gail O’Rorke will be joined by (...)

Gail O’Rorke leaving the Circuit Criminal Court recently, having been acquitted on charges of assisting or attempting to assist in the suicide of her friend.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gail O’Rorke walked quickly from the Circuit Criminal Court with her husband Barry and into a waiting taxi. Behind her she left four years of pre-tria(...)

We cannot know whether the jury in Gail O’Rorke’s trial acquitted her on charges of assisting another to end her life because the case against her was(...)

Independent TD  John Halligan: ‘You have a right to dignity in life and you have a right to a dignified death.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Independent TD is to introduce a Bill removing any criminal sanctions against a family member or doctor who assists a suicide. Waterford TD (...)

Tom Curran, whose partner Marie Fleming unsuccessfully challenged the law banning assisted suicide in the Supreme Court in 2013, said Gail O’Rorke should never have had to come before the courts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gail O’Rorke said she was over the moon after being acquitted of assisting in the suicide of her late friend Bernadette Forde. In a written statement(...)

Gail O’Rorke: unaware that helping someone die was  illegal, she brought suspicion on her head by telling a travel agent about the real purpose of her and Bernadette Forde’s visit to Switzerland.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“What would I do if I were in Gail O’Rorke’s position?” the lawyer prosecuting the Dublin woman tellingly asked during her trial on charges of assisti(...)

The new headstone on the plot at Glasnevin Cemetery for people who donated their bodies to medical science.

The medical schools at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), University College Dublin (UCD) have agreed to neutralise w(...)