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(...)

Mmigrants being rescued south of Lampedusa island in the Mediterranean in August. Photograph: EPA

Italy has been found to be in breach of international law over its treatment of migrants, in a case that could have widespread ramifications for EU as(...)

‘Charlie Hebdo’ on a newsstand, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many moderate Muslims see the support for Charlie Hebdo as “nothing more than the triumphalist hatred that the West has had for Islam almost since it(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We live in an age characterised by intolerable global inequality, widespread political alienation and disillusionment, rising intolerance where faith-based systems are distorted and abused into extremism, and resulting unprecedented levels of human displacement.” File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Opening address by President Michael D Higgins on the occasion of Amnesty International’s International Council Meeting, Dublin Distinguished Guests, (...)