Siofra  O’Leary will serve a nine-year term at the European Court of Human Rights. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish lawyer Siofra O’Leary (46) has been appointed a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Ms O’Leary was one of three Irish candidates nomina(...)

Local residents and rescue workers help a migrant woman after a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Rhodes, southeastern Greece, on April 20th, 2015.  Photograph: Argiris Mantikos/AFP/Getty Images

Figures compiled by the International Organisation for Migration show that, as of last Thursday, the Italian Coast Guard, the Italian Navy and commerc(...)

 Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: burglary  ‘very traumatic’ for the victim. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An extensive reform of the law on bail is planned by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who is working on proposals to protect the public from(...)

 Whistleblower Edward Snowden: disclosures of large scale, secretive state surveillance.   Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

When Edward Snowden’s disclosures of large scale, secretive state surveillance began to emerge via the Guardian newspaper nearly two years ago, hum(...)

A screengrab of Gerard McKerr, one of The Hooded Men, from the RTÉ Investigations Unit documentary The Torture Files.

A prisoner detained without trial who was allegedly tortured by British soldiers during the Troubles in Northern Ireland has died aged 71.Gerard McKer(...)

The widow of a civilian shot dead along with eight IRA men can challenge the Northern Ireland secretary’s intervention on whether to order fresh inquests into their deaths, a High Court judge has ruled. Photograph: Getty Images.

The widow of a civilian shot dead along with eight IRA men in 1987 can challenge the Northern Ireland secretary’s intervention on whether to order fre(...)

On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reassume full time political activity. Having won one case, the Rubygate trial,Photograph: GIUSEPPE CACACE/Getty Images

On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reass(...)

The three-judge Supreme Court has made a number of general recommendations concerning the presentation of division of assets in complex contested marital proceedings so as to avoid those resources being reduced through costs in various legal challenges. File photograph: Collins

The ex-wife of a farmer is to get an extra €52,000, bringing her lump sum payment to €900,000, following a Supreme Court decision on a long-running di(...)

Draft Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. With regard to the PLDPA and the accompanying guidance, Amnesty says: “Neither . . . provided sufficient assistance to medical professionals in assessing when a pregnancy posed a risk to life, or adequately protected the rights of the pregnant woman or girl”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy (PLDP) Act, commenced last year, and the accompanying guidance for clinicians published by the Department of (...)

Louise O’Keeffe: successfully sued the State in the European Court of Human Rights in 2014 for failing to protect her from sexual abuse by principal Leo Hickey while a pupil at Dunderrow national school in west Cork. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins.

The State risks another challenge by a school sex abuse victim in the European Court of Human Rights because of the narrow way in which it is interpr(...)