Aodhán  Ó’Ríordáin, a Dublin Bay North deputy, is already a junior Minister at the Department of Justice and at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Labour TD and junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is to be made Minister of State with responsibility for drugs, in addition to his existing roles.There(...)

Seán Guerin SC said he had communicated with Kevin Clarke, an official in the Department of Justice nominated by the then minister as a point of contact. Photograph: Collins

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter wrote to the Taoiseach and Ceann Comhairle urging that aspects of the Guerin report concerning his handling o(...)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunge more than 600 points in a matter of minutes during the “flash crash”. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

A UK futures trader has been charged by US authorities with wire and commodities fraud for allegedly contributing to the 2010 “flash crash”, which saw(...)

Royal Ulster Constabulary  officers and firefighters inspecting the damage caused by a bomb explosion in Market Street, Omagh, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1998. Photograph: Paul Mcerlane/PA Wire

A judge at Omagh Magistrates Court has said she may consider a bail application for the man charged with 29 murders in the Omagh bomb of 1998. Judge B(...)

Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley in the High Court ruled that the mechanism in Ireland to determine if a suspect was a victim of trafficking was inadequate to meet obligations under an EU directive.

A High Court judge has said Ireland has failed to adequately comply with its obligations under EU law towards victims of human trafficking. An EU dir(...)

A translation service has brought a legal challenge to the Garda Commissioner’s decision to award a contract for supply of language interpretation ser(...)

A small step on asylum

If official reports and political commitments had been acted upon, thousands of asylum seekers would be in a better place. As things stand, they are d(...)

Irish Refugee Council chief executive Sue Conlan said moves to improve access to third level for asylum-seeking students were a step in the right direction. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 1,500 asylum seekers whose refugee applications have been rejected are likely to benefit from the right to reside here under proposals being(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said  she is determined  asylum-seeking students who have been in the system for five years or more should be treated in the same way as Irish students. File photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Young asylum-seekers will be entitled to access third level education in the same way as Irish students under proposals being drawn up by the Governme(...)

Harry Gleeson: part of the prosecution’s case was that he had fathered one of Moll McCarthy’s children and had killed her to silence her

Character evidence paints two very different pictures of the farmer wrongfully hanged for murder in the 1940s. Harry Gleeson was convicted and senten(...)