Louise  O’Keeffe and other abuse survivors have strongly criticised the scope of the compensation scheme, accusing the state of failing to accept its legal responsibility. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The State Claims Agency has identified 210 cases of alleged child sexual abuse in schools, which are eligible for compensation under a Department of E(...)

On patrol: British soldiers in the Bogside, in Derry in 1971, during clashes between republicans and loyalists. Photograph: Darde/AFP/Getty

There is a handwritten note in the margin of a letter written in 1977 by the British home secretary at the time, Merlyn Rees, to the prime minister, J(...)

Publish and be hanged

Independent Newspapers’ appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against a massive €1.25 million defamation award is a welcome, important –(...)

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(...)

Ivan Scalfarotto, a member of Mr Renzi’s Democratic party and secretary for constitutional reforms in the parliament, expressed his satisfaction with the decision, which was announced weeks after the politician ended a hunger strike in protest against Italy’s “serious human rights violation” on gay rights. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Italy violates human rights by not offering adequate legal protection and recognition to same-sex couples, a European court has ruled. The decision by(...)

A Nigerian woman and her Irish-born daughter have had their deportation orders quashed after a judge rejected the State’s arguments that “non-settled (...)

Mr Justice John Murray, who has retired from the Supreme Court. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Attorney General has lead tributes to a former chief justice, Mr Justice John Murray, on his retirement as a Supreme Court judge. Mr Justice Mur(...)

The anti-euthanasia conference was attended by about 100 people, and heard from speakers from around the world. Photograph: Getty Images

Misdiagnoses of terminal illnesses may lead to unnecessary deaths if assisted suicide is legalised in Ireland, a conference has heard. Anti-euthanasia(...)

Senior judges in Belfast on Friday lifted an injunction on the PSNI taking possession of Winston “Winkie” Rea’s recorded account to Boston College researchers.

Police investigating murder and robbery are finally to get access to interviews a former loyalist prisoner gave to an American university project. Se(...)

A handout photo released by the family of Vincent Lambert. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The European Court of Human Rights on Friday has said France can take a man in a coma off life support, in a case that has torn a family apart and cou(...)