People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

Michael O’Flaherty leaves Dublin Circuit Civil Court yesterday after he was ordered to pay €50,000 damages to a Dún Laoghaire businessman. Picture: Collins

A schoolteacher has been ordered to pay €50,000 damages to a former friend about whom he made defamatory remarks. It was the maximum Jud(...)

Former US diplomat Dr Richard Haass during a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs on St Stephen’s Green, in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: PA

The failure to establish a truth process into the Northern Ireland conflict encourages tribal myth-making, the Human Rights Commission has said.An unr(...)

Edwin Poots: ‘disappointed’ by court ruling refusing leave to appeal

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission welcomed a decision by the UK Supreme Court to reject an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of (...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, tried to challenge an appeal court’s decision that paved the way for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children in the region.

The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex and unmarried couples adopting.Northern Ireland’s Minist(...)