Supreme court judge Adrian Hardiman: “I consider it utterly unwise, to use no stronger word, to grant to the gardaí, in that context, the effective immunity from judicial oversight which this case does.”

A Supreme Court judge has vehemently criticised a landmark decision of the court, saying in his dissenting judgment that it has given An Garda Síochá(...)

 Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman:  In his 166-page minority judgment, one of his most impassioned, Mr Justice Hardiman deplores what his colleagues have done. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Supreme Court doesn’t lightly overturn its own decisions. It’s particularly slow to reverse its most important judgments. But that’s what happened(...)

Oscar Pistorius stands at the dock before the start of proceedings at a Pretoria magistrates court February 22, 2013. Photograph: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Ireland’s strict ban on courtroom broadcasting stood in stark contrast last year to the images of Oscar Pistorius in the dock of a Johannesburg courtr(...)

Mr. Justice Frank Clarke. The Supreme Court judge said the State requires a root-and-branch review of procedural law to see whether it is still fit for purpose. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland requires a root-and-branch review of procedural law to see whether it is fit for the State’s courts going forward, a Supreme Court judge has s(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham adresses the court as for the first time the Supreme Court sat outside of Dublin. Photograph: Provision

Judicial history was made today when the Supreme Court sat outside Dublin for the first time in its 85-year history.Chief Justice Susan Denham also an(...)

From left: Finola Flanagan, full-time commissioner of the Law Reform Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus, Justice Mary Laffoy and Senator Ivana Bacik at the recent Student Legal Convention in UCD. Photograph:  Orla Murray/Ark Photography

In a first for any legal profession in the world, women Irish solicitors now outnumber men practising in Ireland. Figures for the end of 2014 show the(...)

President Michael D Higgins recalled the 11 million victims at the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration  in the Mansion House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The world has a duty not to allow those killed in the Holocaust to “die twice” by forgetting them, President Michael D Higgins has said. Speaking at (...)

Holocaust survivors Tomi Reichantal  and Suzi Diamond   during the  Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at the Mansion House, Dublin, in 2013. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

President Michael D Higgins, Chief Justice Susan Denham and various Ministers will be among the dignitaries in attendance for the 12th annual Holocaus(...)

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(...)