Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: “So while we rightly celebrate marriage equality, there is still some uncertainty and a certain chill factor with gay and lesbian people, especially in schools.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation to prevent schools and hospitals discriminating against current or future employees because of their sexuality will be in place by summer.(...)

Monnine Griffith (L) and Clodagh Robinson celebrate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA 1:16

Preparations will begin within days to pass a law to give effect to the Constitutional amendment and allow same-sex couples to marry for the first tim(...)

Mohammad Rafique with his wife, Rafika Begum, three-year-old Waheeda and seven-year-old Jamalida. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

In a three-bedroom terraced house in Carlow town Mohammad Rafique is talking about his father. His father lives in the teeming Rohingya refugee camps,(...)

Jack Marrinan (right) at a GRA delegate conference in 1979. Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

John Marrinan, who has died aged 81, was a key moderniser of policing in Ireland. Always known as Jack, he was assigned to protection duties at the ho(...)

A High Court judge has dismissed a challenge by former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter aimed at quashing certain parts of a report concerning his handling of allegations made by Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe

A High Court judge has dismissed a challenge by former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter aimed at quashing certain parts of a report concerning his ha(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: removed a section on surrogacy from the Children and Family Relationships Act. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The Government is preparing to activate parts of the Children and Family Relationships Act, which overhauls the law on adoption and donor-assisted re(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, along with the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, have proposed new regulation for English language schools

English language schools will be compelled to put in place a learner protection scheme to compensate students for future closures under planned new (...)

A Rohingya migrant child poses for an identification picture at a temporary shelter  in Kuala Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Three hundred refugees due to come to Ireland under a new EU scheme will be given integration courses in Dublin before being resettled elsewhere in t(...)

Gail O’Rorke leaving the Circuit Criminal Court recently, having been acquitted on charges of assisting or attempting to assist in the suicide of her friend.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gail O’Rorke walked quickly from the Circuit Criminal Court with her husband Barry and into a waiting taxi. Behind her she left four years of pre-tria(...)

Security cannot come with privacy as its price. Nor can absolute privacy be promised, at the sacrifice of security. The balancing point is proportionality.

In a current appeal of a high-profile murder conviction, lawyers are arguing that evidence based on the accessing of old phone records should theor(...)