Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said he often felt he was fighting a ‘losing battle’ with some State bodies on privacy issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There is an opportunity for Ireland to be seen as a model of a country that can embrace advanced technology without sacrificing rights guaranteed by o(...)

 Emily Logan has been appointed to lead the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

After 10 years as Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan is to become chief commissioner of a new State body responsible for promoting the human rights a(...)

Emily Logan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan is to be nominated as chief commissioner of the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Ms Logan will step(...)

A man injured during protests against Shell’s inland gas refinery at  Bellanaboy, Co Mayo, in November 2006 is removed by ambulance. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The Queen’s University Belfast academic who exposed the South Yorkshire police handling of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster has suppor(...)

Dolphin House residents  Debbie Doyle, Joan Kenny and Gerard Kelly are concerned about ongoing and new  delays in rectifying poor conditions in their homes in Rialto. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Residents at the centre of a long-running regeneration saga fear further delays could cause long-term damage to their community. Despite a commitment(...)

Mrs Justice Susan Denham yesterday said the judgment would be given on or before October 19th. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A seven-judge Supreme Court will rule by October on the State’s appeal against a decision the genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate are entitl(...)

Chief Justice Susan Denham. The Supreme Court is to rule by October on the case involving the birth certificates of twins born by surrogacy.

A seven-judge Supreme Court will rule by October 19th next on the State’s appeal against a decision the genetic parents of twins born to a surrogate a(...)

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission’s offices.  Photograph: Collins

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has said the entire system of Garda oversight introduced after the Morris Tribunal needs to be “reset” (...)

Action is needed to tackle deficiencies in how the public service protects the personal data of citizens before such action is triggered by a ‘crisis’, the Data Protection Commissioner has said.

Action is needed to tackle deficiencies in how the public service protects the personal data of citizens before such action is triggered by a “crisis”(...)

GSOC commissioner Kieran FitzGerald yesterday said he accepted its response to Seán Guerin’s requests for information for his report on the response by the State to Garda whistleblowers was too slow.

The body charged with investigating complaints against gardaí is pushing for a range of new powers in response to the problems that it and Garda whist(...)