Vincent Browne: “Oh, dear God, I couldn’t get out, I COULDN’T GET OUT!  What happened to Joan Burton is nothing compared to that stuff in there.”    Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

We were only over the shock of the Tánaiste’s ordeal in Tallaght when news landed of yet another atrocity visited upon a defenceless citizen going abo(...)

Josephine Feehily, chairwoman   of the Revenue Commissioners, described as  “particularly clever” the Government’s move to encourage more women candidates in politics. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Many of the most senior legal and law-focused positions in the State are now held by women, following the appointment of the first female Garda Commi(...)

The Hon Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, Chief Justice and the Hon Mrs Justice Susan Denham. The Council of Europe has said the process by which judges are chosen should be reviewed with a view to selecting the most qualified and suitable candidates in a transparent way. Photograph:  Garrett White

Chief Justice Susan Denham has welcomed a call from the Council of Europe for Ireland’s judicial appointments system to be reformed so as to preven(...)

The judges of the Supreme Court,  back row, from left: Mr Justice Peter Charleton, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, Mr Justice Liam McKechnie, Mr Justice John MacMenamin, Mr Justice Frank Clarke and Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne; and front row, from left: Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, president of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, Chief Justice Ms Justice Susan Denham, Mr Justice John Murray and Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell, at the Supreme Court yesterday as they signed and issued a direction under the Constitution to give rise to the division of work between the new Court of Appeal and a reformed Supreme Court. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Some 258 cases from the Supreme Court’s waiting list have been transferred to the new Court of Appeal following a direction by the Chief Justice, M(...)

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan of the High Court: one of nine judges appointed to the new Court of Appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Court of Appeal is due to be established today, setting off a round of judicial appointments and a major shake-up of the courts system. The signin(...)

The Chief Justice  Ms Justice Susan Denham: wrote to the Government  lat year warning that it risked creating a “second-best” judiciary by refusing to ease the financial burden on High Court judges who lived outside Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The body that advises Government on judicial appointments has met to discuss the latest round of High Court vacancies after a senior barrister withdr(...)

A leading Church of Ireland cleric has urged legislators to “use caution” when preparing changes to the Constitution dealing with blasphemy as an offe(...)

Judges Mary Irvine and George Birmingham who were appointed as judges to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nine senior judges have been appointed or promoted in the biggest overhaul of the superior court system in four decades.The Government yesterday anno(...)

Solicitor Brian O’Donnell leaving the Four Courts this week. Photograph: Collins Courts

A judge’s view that solicitor Brian O’Donnell moved to England to secure a “benign bankruptcy” and avoid his creditors is “entirely  irrelevant” to wh(...)

Former president Mary McAleese said there was just something profoundly wrong and skewed” about asking “150 male celibates” to review the Catholic Church’s teaching on family life. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former president Mary McAleese has described as “completely bonkers” Pope Francis’s plan to ask a synod of bishops to advise him on whether church tea(...)