Al-Mustapha Islamic Educational & Cultural Centre Ireland, Coolmine Industrial Estate, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eugene Langan

One day there was a knock on the door of Denis Byrne Architects in Dublin’s North Great George’s Street and Maggie Moran opened it to find a tall, (...)

Spare the rod and spoil the child is a centuries-old injunction that encouraged too many parents to make liberal use of corporal punishment in discipl(...)

The Government is under pressure to introduce a ban on smacking children following a finding by the Council of Europe that “reasonable chastisement” is a violation of young people’s rights.

The Government is under pressure to introduce a ban on smacking children following a finding by the Council of Europe that “reasonable chastisement” i(...)

France has been plunged into a heated debate on smacking as Europe’s human rights watchdog prepares to publish strong criticism of the country’s failure to explicitly ban the corporal punishment of children.

Human rights watchdog’s leaked report says law allowing ‘right to discipline’ is not clear enough, as polls find majority of French public opposes sma(...)

Louise O’Keeffe says the Government is keeping the European Court of Human Rights in the dark on abuse offers. Photograph: Courtpix

Children’s rights campaigner Louise O’Keeffe has accused the Government of behaving like an Irish government of the 1930s by failing to tell Europe(...)

Fine Gael’s new Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan spoke in fewer Dáil and committee meetings than any other Minister, which he says could be explained by his frequent absences enforced by diplomatic trips abroad.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Fine Gael and Labour TDs have the lowest activity rates – in terms of speaking time and written questions – in Dáil Éireann.The number of written ques(...)

Dr Conor O’Mahony of the Faculty of Law at UCC told a seminar marking the anniversary of Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights that Irish law under-utilises the court. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has helped highlight the potential of the Strasbourg court to enrich the Irish (...)

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy said Government departments must respect the rule of law when using people’s personal information. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy has said State departments must respect the rule of law when considering how they use people’s personal data(...)

 President Michael D Higgins at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Tuesday where  he delivered his address ‘The Future of Parliaments: Addressing the Challenges’. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

Ireland should not be taken as a model for other countries struggling to overcome economic crisis, President Michael D Higgins said repeatedly on Tues(...)

Bin Hammam was banned from football for life in 2011 for offering bribes to Caribbean Football Union officials via former Concacaf president Jack Warner. Photograoh: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe has called on Fifa to re-run the vote for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, claiming in a new report th(...)