Provisions of a new Bill on child grooming include the offence of communicating with a child, online or offline, to do anything that would constitute sexual exploitation.

Thirty children were detected being trafficked around Ireland for sexual exploitation over a two-year period, the Dáil was told during a debate on leg(...)

Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, what were the recruitment projections for the next three years. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Five hundred gardaí are out sick on any given day of the week, the Dáil has heard. Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said that out of a Gar(...)

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett poses for a picture at the anti-water charges protest at the Central Bank in Dublin last February.Photograph: Dave Meehan

A Bill to ensure compliance from “won’t pay” debtors, including those who refuse to pay water charges, has been introduced in the Dáil today. The Civi(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “It is better to take that time now so as to provide complete reassurance on the probity and independence of the entire process from start to finish.”

A former judge is being appointed to advise on the drafting of letters to those complaining of Garda misconduct, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzge(...)

Senator Averil Power gets a hug after announcing her resignation from the Fianna Fáil party  outside Leinster House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 4:08

Micheál Martin breezed into Dublin Castle on Saturday afternoon in high spirits. And why not? The Fianna Fáil leader had backed the right horse in the(...)

Averil Power said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is “a leader without any followers”. Photograph: Collins

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has said he regrets the decision by Senator Averil Power to resign from the party, but he rejected her criticisms an(...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. The party has said that Mr McGuinness has broken no rules by stating that he will vote No in the same-sex marriage referendum. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

John McGuinness has broken no rules by confirming he will vote No in the same-sex marriage referendum, Fianna Fáil has said.The party’s justice spokes(...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins said the party would be emailing all members asking them to vote, as well as encouraging others in their social circle to do so. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fine Gael TDs are being asked to send letters to all recently registered voters to ensure they turn out to vote Yes in the same-sex marriage referendu(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says: ‘The clear strategy of the No side is to try and confuse people by bringing emotive but unrelated matters such as parentage and surrogacy into the debate.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Referendum Commission has said that surrogacy and adoption rights will not be affected by the same-sex marriage referendum, regardless of the resu(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. Mr Donohoe  has announced an agreement between the Road Safety Authority and the Canadian province of  Manitoba allowing for the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

A second Canadian province has agreed to the exchange of Irish driving licences for Canadian ones, according to Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe(...)