Costs arise mostly from accommodation and legal fees in direct provision system. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State has spent more than €700 million in the past five years on accommodation costs and legal fees for people seeking refugee or protection statu(...)

Minister for Transport Pascal Donohue says the  commencement order will soon be signed into law. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Fourteen new penalty point offences introduced last year cannot be correctly applied to driving licences when a motorist is convicted in court becaus(...)

Why is the Government proposing a law to state that judges must do what they’re already doing? For symbolic and political effect, partly

Ireland has a constitutional presumption in favour of bail because, in the eyes of the law, a person is innocent until proven guilty. So judges who gr(...)

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly is investigating the departure of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Up to 60 people received a draft or full interim report from the Fennelly Commission, it has emerged. Mr Justice Nial Fennelly is investigating the de(...)

Ivor Callely: prisoners’ 25 per cent remission does not have to be earned, despite often being referred to as “time off for good behaviour”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

At the heart of Ivor Callely’s legal efforts to secure enhanced remission of a third of his jail term is the framing of the parameters around which t(...)

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a join(...)

Communications consultant Monica Leech secured a €1.25m libel award. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent Newspapers is to challenge Ireland’s defamation laws at the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that a €1.25 million libel award to c(...)

Halliburton’s revenue from North America slumped 38.5 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30th. Photograph:  James Nielsen/Getty Images

Halliburton, the world’s No 2 oilfield services provider, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as costs cuts helped offset the impact of (...)

It is estimated there are between 20,000 and 25,000 undocumented people living in Ireland, including children. Photograph: Eric Luke

A majority of the Irish public is in favour of allowing undocumented migrants the right to live and work here legally, according to a poll commission(...)

Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy said the new forum would deal with the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing use of personal data.

Challenges in dealing with the increased generation and use of personal information will be the focus of a new advisory group to the Government, which(...)