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(...)

The report shows that the most common drug in question was cocaine (45 per cent of cases), followed by heroin (25 per cent), cannabis (21 per cent) and ecstasy and other amphetamines (6 per cent)

Almost half of serious drug cases result in sentences of five to 10 years, with penalties of close to 30 years being imposed in a small number of case(...)

President Micheal D Higgins laying a wreath to honour those who died during the Easter Rising in 1916. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister of State Brian Hayes has said he “fundamentally disagrees” with those who say members of Britain’s royal (...)

The Supreme Court has ruled the Seanad committee was entitled to find former senator Ivor Callely misrepresented his place of residence for the purpose of claiming expenses. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A Seanad committee has won its appeal against a High Court finding in favour of former Senator Ivor Callely over his expenses. A seven-ju(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham has warned the Government it risks creating a more homogenous and “second best” judiciary by refusing to ease the financial burden on High Court judges who live outside Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Chief Justice Susan Denham has warned the Government it risks creating a more homogenous and “second best” judiciary by refusing to ease the financ(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham has written to the Minister for Public Expenditure about her concerns over judicial pay and travel costs. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In the Four Courts it is taken as axiomatic that the big cuts to judicial pay and pensions will deter high-quality, experienced lawyers from applyi(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Appointing the judges

The report submitted on Thursday by the judiciary – specifically the Judicial Appointments Review Committee – to Minister for Justice and Equality (...)

Enda Kenny: said he had yet to read the judges’ submission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter have said judicial appointments should be based on merit but added they had yet to fully st(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham: chaired committe that has called for a radical overhaul of the judicial appointments process. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The State’s judges have called for a radical overhaul of the judicial appointments process, saying a merit-based system that limits Governments’ scope(...)