Recommendations from the Irish Council of Civil Liberties 
has saidIts recommendations
 echo
es
 elements of
 those presentedthe
 proposals by both the Law Society and Bar Council, which have advocated 
a reduction in the blurring of 
a greater separation between the political system and judicial appointments
and legal arenas in the appointments of judges
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The Judicial Appointments Advisory Board (JAAB) should be abolished and the Attorney General should have no involvement in the process of selec(...)

Senators Ivana Bacik and Jillian van Turnhout  voting as members of the Convention on the Constitution  on whether the offence of blasphemy should be kept as it is in the Constitution. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

The constitutional offence of blasphemy should be replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred, the constitutional (...)

Setting out  options available to the constitutional convention’s 100 members, Dr Eoin O’Dell of Trinity College Dublin said the relevant section of the Constitution - Article 40.6.1(i) - could be left as it is or amended by removing the reference to “blasphemous” matter. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s crime of blasphemy is a “dead letter” that cannot be prosecuted, the constitutional convention has heard. Dr Neville Cox of Trinity C(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter:   System  ““will assist in finding and identifying missing or unknown persons” and will  play  crucial role in investigations of “cold cases” and the identification of perpetrators. Photograph: David Sleator

The creation of a DNA database for Ireland moved a step closer after Minister for Justice Alan Shatter introduced what he called “landmark legislation(...)

DNA can disclose complex information about a person’s family relationships, ethnic group and medical conditions, and continuous advances in science make it impossible to determine the full capabilities of DNA information.

The idea for a national DNA database has been circulating for a decade. Michael McDowell, then minister for justice, proposed it in 2003. The Law Refo(...)

Constitutional convention chairman  Tom Arnold: Mr Arnold said he was looking forward to a “fair and open” discussion where all members would have an equal say. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is highly likely the constitutional convention will express views on topics that are not on the agenda given to it by the G(...)

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