Pictured at the ‘Hooded Men’ Amnest Press conference in Dublin last month, were (from left) Francis Mc Guigan, Micheal Donnelly, Patrick Mc Nally, Brian Turley and Kevin Hannaway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State is opposing an application by lawyers for the “hooded men” for their legal costs of an application aimed at compelling the Government decide(...)

Many aspects of the dormant piece of surveillance legislation  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald quietly signed into law two weeks ago are alarming.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“We could have secret prosecutions over secret interpretations of secret laws.” That’s how TJ McIntyre, of University College Dublin’s school of law a(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the passing-out ceremony for 62 members of the Garda Reserve at the Garda College in Templemore. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 2:00

The Garda Reserve is on course to achieve its target strength next year, some 10 years after the part-time unpaid element of the force was established(...)

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan lends her cap to eight-year-old Eva Counihan, whose mother Leonora Power was one of 62 new members of the Garda Reserve graduating at the Garda College Templemore. Photograph: Alan Betson

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but 2005 was a difficult year for policing in the Republic.The first reports of the Morris tribunal into Garda corru(...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: chaired a panel discussion and said the assumption behind the discussion was that the economy was actually turning around. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A world-class university to attract foreign students, a major social housing programme, tapping into our diaspora, accelerating our legal system and (...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: chaired a panel discussion and said the assumption behind the discussion was that the economy was actually turning around. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A world-class university to attract foreign students, a major social housing programme, tapping into our diaspora, accelerating our legal system and (...)

Former PD leader Des O’Malley at the launch of his memoir Conduct Unbecoming in the Mansion House in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Des O’Malley can be considered a very significant and influential figure in modern Irish politics. He was a young minister for justice at a time of tu(...)

Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I’m 75½ now, going on 76,” he says with a kind of amused gurgle, followed by a hacking cough. His health is fragile enough, compounded by a bad co(...)

Lucinda Creighton: “I now use Facebook to share my blogs, my weekly column for the Daily Mail, press releases, Dáil speeches, constituency news and initiatives as well as photographs.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin South East (or Dublin Bay South) has seen some unusual forms of promotion by politicians over the years, including former Progressive Democrat (...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman: was sharply critical. Photograph: Eric Luke

If good fences make good neighbours Mr Justice Hardiman was at his neighbourly best speaking at a conference on judges, politics and the Irish Constit(...)