In 2010, the European Court of Human Rights found the Irish State was in breach of the Convention on Human Rights, following a case taken by three Irish women, known as ‘A’ ‘B’ and ‘C’.

The Council of Europe has closed its examination of Ireland’s implementation of the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the controversial A, B an(...)

Pope Francis arrives to address European Parliament  in Strasbourg. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Pope Francis has called on the European Parliament to “keep democracy alive” for the people of Europe, in an address to the European Parliament in Str(...)

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 Council of Europe building in Strasbourg. A council group, Greco, noted   “with concern” in their report  that the disclosure of confidential communication can lead to up to six months in prison in Ireland

The Council of Europe has called for a radical reform of Ireland’s parliamentary system in order to prevent corruption and misconduct by members of t(...)

Italian marines prepare to check and document African migrants after transporting them from a commercial ship to a navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya early in October   2014. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times)

The Italian navy will continue a search and rescue mission which has saved the lives of an estimated 150,000 refugees because no order has been receiv(...)

‘Several decisions by the Strasbourg Court have particularly upset Tories’. Above,  party leader David Cameron  addresses the Conservative party’s annual conference earlier this month. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In the rush by the Tory Party right to outdo Ukip in proving its anti-European credentials the target has moved beyond the “tyrannical” EU to Strasbou(...)

Comparing the size of the judiciary in each state, a new  report shows Ireland has 3.1 judges per 100,000 inhabitants – the lowest of any country on the list

Ireland has fewer women judges than almost all other European states, a report from the Council of Europe has found. The study of judicial systems als(...)

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors complained over the Government ban on their participation in trade union action. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Council of Europe has upheld an earlier ruling permitting members of the Garda Síochána to strike and participate in trade union action.In a rulin(...)

Members of the King’s Hospital Choir after the annual law service to mark Michaelmas Law Term at St Michan’s Church in Dublin.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The establishment of a new Court of Appeal, due to open later this year, marks the “most important development” in the structure of the courts since t(...)

Military personnel are barred from joining a union or going on strike. Pdforra wants to join the Irish Congress of Trade Unions  and participate in collective bargaining

Conor Lally In Sligo Rank and file Defence Forces personnel are to take a case to Europe seeking trade union-style rights following a successful acti(...)