European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

Bríd Cummins, who was found dead in 2004 in the house she was to be evicted from

Julie Grace was just 10 years old when she learned her best lesson about human feelings. She and her cousin Breda were having a giggle about a neig(...)

A handout photo released by the family of Vincent Lambert. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The European Court of Human Rights on Friday has said France can take a man in a coma off life support, in a case that has torn a family apart and cou(...)

Slapping is widely practised, though it’s been declining sharply over recent years. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s highly unlikely – despite a ruling by the Council of Europe on Wednesday that Ireland’s laws, which permit the slapping of children, are a vio(...)

Children’s campaigners have called for a total prohibition on corporal punishment following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear(...)

The physical punishment of children is illegal in 22 countries, but Ireland has been slow to outlaw the practice completely. Some 15 years ago the leg(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said Irish parents have “moved away” from smacking children but stressed the State wants to be in full compliance with Europe’s leading human rights body.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said Irish parents have “moved away” from smacking children but stressed the State wants to be in full com(...)

While legislation which allowed parents to use force against their children was repealed almost 15 years ago, the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ still exists in common law for parents or child carers

The Government is to review laws which permit the slapping of children, following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear ban is a (...)

Dublin City Council received 1,491 ‘repair requests’ from tenants about excessive damp and mould growth in their homes

Almost 1,500 complaints of damp and mould were made to Dublin City Council in the past year by tenants of its flats and houses.In almost all cases – 9(...)

‘Then there’s our own Belfast Agreement, into which the Human Rights Act is woven. The latter’s repudiation would breach international treaty obligations, specifically in relation to the British-Irish Agreement that underpins the agreement.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It is a surprising, albeit deliberate, common feature of the Tories’ plans for UK disengagement from both the EU and the European Court of Human Right(...)