The existing law in Northern Ireland only allows for abortions in cases where a woman’s life is at risk or there is a serious risk to her mental or physical health. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission can copy the Northern Ireland legal action that led to a ruling that its abortion laws breach the Europ(...)

When the Government in 2013 whipped a number of reluctant TDs through the lobbies to support abortion – in the form of the Protection of Life during P(...)

High Court judge Mr Justice Mark Horner held that abortion legislation in Northern Ireland breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.  Photograph: PA

On Monday the Belfast High Court made a landmark judgment that would make abortion legal in Northern Ireland in cases of rape and incest and fa(...)

Record: former deputy chairman of Kenmare Resources Donal Kinsella leaving court with his wife Joan after he was awarded €10 million in damages in a defamation case at the High Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Damage, and damages. In law, the latter is often the only practical, although in many cases, wholly inadequate, means of compensation for the (...)

The Human Rights Act already makes it clear that UK courts are not bound by judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.  Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool/Getty Images

The debate in the United Kingdom about the Conservatives’ plans to repeal the Human Rights Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Ri(...)

In  France, police escort buses with migrants who tried to walk through the Channel Tunnel to Britain overnight. Senior figures have criticised Britain’s plan to take in just 20,000 refugees over the next five years. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Some of Britain’s most senior former judicial figures criticised prime minister David Cameron’s government yesterday for its response to the EU migra(...)

The Commission of Investigation into the shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn  was established by the Government in July of last year after the dead man’s partner Grainne Nic Gib (above) took her case to the European Court of Human Rights.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A Garda sergeant who shot dead Real IRA man Ronan MacLochlainn during a botched armed raid in 1998 was shot dead accidentally by an armed colleague th(...)

A colour party forms a guard of honour at the funeral of  Real IRA man Rónán MacLochlainn. Picture: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A Garda would do “exactly the same thing” if an attempted robbery in which Real IRA man Rónán MacLochlainn was shot dead in 1998 happened again. The (...)

A detective garda who tried to revive Real IRA man Rónán Mac Lochlainn by giving him CPR did not realise at the time he had just been shot in the c(...)

A young migrant girl holds up a handmade sign outside Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary, September 3rd. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has said that Ireland’s response to the current refugee crisis in Europe is, and has been, a generous one. There is(...)