Judges Mary Irvine and George Birmingham who were appointed as judges to the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nine senior judges have been appointed or promoted in the biggest overhaul of the superior court system in four decades.The Government yesterday anno(...)

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns.

The Bill allowing for the establishment of a Court of Appeal was passed at Cabinet yesterday, paving the way for a major shake-up of the courts syste(...)

 One of the Birmingham Six, Paddy Hill wipes a tear as the coffin of Gerry Conlon is carried into St. Peter’s Cathedral for his funeral Mass in Belfast today. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Gerry Conlon was a “victorious human being” who “defeated a mighty foe”, his solicitor and friend Gareth Peirce told mourners at his funeral Mass in S(...)

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: appointed to the Supreme Court. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has nominated High Court judge Peter Charleton to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement last month of Mr Justice Nia(...)

A decision on a replacement for Mr Justice Nial Fennelly, who retired from the Supreme Court last month, is imminent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is close to selecting a new Supreme Court judge and will fill at least one vacancy on the High Court in the coming weeks. A decision on(...)

Rescue personnel carry a body away from the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103, in a farmer’s field east of Lockerbie, Scotland in this December 1988 file photo. Photograph: Greg Bos/Files/Reuters.

Relatives of the late Libyan intelligence officer convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie airline bombing have launched a bid to clear his name, a Scottish (...)

Attorney General Maire Whelan SC addressing the Bar Council annual conference in Westport over the weekend. The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, spoke at the conference of the “ many, many able women lawyers”. Photograph: Conor McKeown

The president of the High Court has urged qualified women to apply for places on the bench when lots of vacancies arise in the coming months. With nin(...)

The tribunal awarded Martin Sheil £37,500 for his unfair dismissal and £7,500 for harassment at work. 5:51

A 51-year-old Belfast docker who suffered homophobic abuse has been awarded £45,000 against Stena Line. An industrial tribunal found that Martin Sh(...)

 Newly-appointed Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Frances Fitzgerald, newly-appointed Minister for Children, Charlie Flanagan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Aras an Uachtarain where the ministers received their seals of office.  Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The Dáil has approved Frances Fitzgerald’s appointment as Minister for Justice and Equality.Fine Gael party chairman Charlie Flanagan succeeds her as (...)


Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

Alan Shatter leaves a significant legacy on the statute books after his three years in the Department of Justice. One of the centrepieces of his progr(...)