Judge found Christopher McCarthy posed high risk of re-offending and recommended he have no unsupervised access to children. Photograph:Frank Miller /The Irish Times

A 50-year-old man has been jailed for two and a half years for sexually assaulting two of his nieces including once at a function at Páirc Uí Chaoimh (...)

The estimated saving of €40,000 through closing Dún Laoghaire courthouse, which operates five days a week, was “not great enough to merit closing” it, said solicitor Kathy Irwin, who chaired last night’s meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dún Laoghaire residents and business owners met last night to debate action that may be taken to save the local courthouse from closure, and to discu(...)

Breda O’Brien: “All we wanted was an apology and was offered a completely inadequate response which was a right of reply. It is not up to you to defend yourself. It is up to the organisation that defamed you.” Photograph: David Sleator

Irish Times columnist Breda O’Brien has stated that she and other members of the Iona Institute only sought libel damages after RTÉ refused to apologi(...)

Jason O’Brien and Audrey Murphy, at home in Oliver Bond House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jason O’Brien and his partner Audrey Murphy would be “lost” without the weekly free food parcels at the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin. “They’re(...)

Eamon Gilmore made the announcement at the 13th annual NGO Forum on Human Rights, which is taking in Dublin Castle today.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has initiated a complete review of Ireland’s foreign policy and external relations - the first such audit t(...)

Niamh O’Brien, daughter of Joe O’Brien, after the verdict. Photograph: Mary Browne

A man who killed a 60-year-old grandfather by subjecting him to a “vicious and sustained” beating after an argument broke out in an apartment has been(...)

The death toll on the Republic’s roads had increased by four last night as a major Garda crackdown on speeding over the bank holiday weekend was in op(...)

Legislating for surrogacy

Sir, – Breda O’Brien (Opinion, March 9th) writes that “everybody sympathises with infertile couples”. Sympathy is not what the involuntary chil(...)