Tanaiste Joan Burton

The Department of Social Protection used long-established principles in dealing with social welfare recipients with debts, Tánaiste Joan Burton told (...)

Remarks by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right), aimed at Sinn Féin TDs and other members of the Opposition refusing to pay water charges, were made during heated Dáil exchanges on Thursday with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (left). Photographs: The Irish Times 3:39

Tánaiste Joan Burton has sharply criticised TDs who say they will not pay water charges.“Our salaries and conditions are pretty good and, yet, there a(...)

What will happen if you can’t afford to pay water charges? “An attachment order could be made to your wages or social welfare payments. To take money from people on social welfare would be very controversial, not to mention unfair.” File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish Water and its bills are in the news again?Yes. This time the story is about how a utility that does not have the power to cut anyone off can mak(...)

Water charges are €160 a year for a single person and €260 for others.

The Government is to remove the threat of jailing people who don’t pay the water charges.Cabinet will discuss the proposals at their meeting tomorrow.(...)

The investigation of cyber harassment or so-called revenge porn is very poorly provided for under Irish law leaving gardaí with limited scope to act, (...)

File photo of Eamonn Lillis leaving the Criminal Courts Complex in Dublin in 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The media circus around Saturday morning’s release of Eamonn Lillis echoed the coverage of his wife’s killing and his subsequent trial.The violent dea(...)

Oscar Pistorius stands at the dock before the start of proceedings at a Pretoria magistrates court February 22, 2013. Photograph: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Ireland’s strict ban on courtroom broadcasting stood in stark contrast last year to the images of Oscar Pistorius in the dock of a Johannesburg courtr(...)

‘This Bill fails to provide for a central registry of who is responsible for the care and welfare of children of unmarried parents.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The Children and Family Relationships Bill is being examined at committee stage tomorrow. It is the most important piece of legislation affecting pare(...)

From left: Finola Flanagan, full-time commissioner of the Law Reform Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus, Justice Mary Laffoy and Senator Ivana Bacik at the recent Student Legal Convention in UCD. Photograph:  Orla Murray/Ark Photography

In a first for any legal profession in the world, women Irish solicitors now outnumber men practising in Ireland. Figures for the end of 2014 show the(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government approved the Children and Family Relationships Bill when it met on Tuesday, according to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Taois(...)