Attorney General Máire Whelan’s decision in February to refer part of the legal defamation regime to the Law Reform Commission was most welcome. It wa(...)

The judgment in the Digital Rights Ireland case – in which the court threw out the existing EU Data Retention Directive – was a sweeping defence of human rights.

For a long time, the biggest European thorns in the sides of multinational technology companies were the European Commission’s competition and tax aut(...)

Some children are, through the circumstances into which they are born, at risk of harm.

Recent weeks have seen disturbing revelations about the abuse of vulnerable children, both in their own homes and in foster care. A case in the Galw(...)

No right to insult?

A deeply embarrassed Angela Merkel has been caught between a rock and a hard place. Stateswoman or politician? Either the chancellor apparently acqu(...)

A solicitor who served a prison term for forging health insurance claim forms has been struck off by the High Court.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

A solicitor who served a prison term for forging health insurance claim forms has been struck off by the High Court. Patrick Enright (54), Glenlareh(...)

Friends and relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes marking his death outside Stockwell Tube station in London. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Europe’s top human rights court has ruled that British prosecutors were right not to charge police officers involved in the shooting 11 years ago of a(...)

Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has less than a week to provide a sworn document in a legal action over the alleged internment and torture of a group of men more than 40 years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State has less than a week to provide a sworn document in a legal action over the alleged internment and torture of a (...)

Former deputy registrar at the European Court of Human Rights Michael O’Boyle. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The economic slump, the refugee crisis, conflict on European soil and the rise of extremism and Islamic terrorism, have all led to a flow of issues be(...)

Síofra O’Leary  Judge, European Court of Human Rights Síofra O’Leary is an Irish lawyer who was appointed a judge at the European Court of Hum(...)

One voter in Dublin West did not seem to like any of the candidates on the ballot paper and added their preferred nominee for the Dáil - Conor McGregor, with a tick beside his name.

Several ballot papers in at least four constituencies were deemed inadmissible as they had not been stamped at polling stations. An investigation has(...)