Eddie Hobbs has joined Lucinda Creighton in new party. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Exactly where on the political spectrum will Lucinda Creighton’s new party come to rest?Comparisons with the now defunct Progressive Democrats are ine(...)

Lucinda Creighton of Fine Gael is congratulated at the count centre in the RDS  on her election to the Dail in 2007.  File  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Lucinda Creighton forfeited both her ministerial office and parliamentary party membership when she defied Fine Gael on abortion legislation in July 2(...)

In two known cases since 2001, staff at hospitals in Waterford and Galway kept pregnant women on life support as a result of uncertainty over the hospitals’ obligation to the foetus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two incidents in which Irish hospitals kept brain dead pregnant women on life support in the past 15 years have prompted calls for guidelines to help (...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)

Paul Gallagher SC argues in a new book that the seriousness and extent of the challenges posed by EU law are not widely understood by the public, politicians or lawyers. Photographer: Paul O’Driscoll

Recent EU treaty changes have had much less significance for Ireland than the “regular and automatic” changes brought about by new laws from Brussels(...)

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 (...)