The option for discontinuing the Junior Cert was set out in a “secret” government budgetary strategy memorandum for 2010 drawn up for the then cabinet by the former minister for finance Brian Lenihan in October 2009. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The abolition of the Junior Certificate examination and its replacement with a school-based assessment programme was considered by the then government(...)

The report will be launched today by Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus.

Pre-trial hearings should be held by judges in advance of sexual offence cases to decide whether a victim’s counselling records need to be disclosed,(...)

‘It is impossible to guarantee that those with disabilities in receipt of services will not experience abuse. However, well-resourced services provided in the community near a person’s family and friends minimises the scope for abuse.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The abuse of people with disabilities identified in RTÉ’s Prime Time investigation is unsurprising. The State has historically outsourced the provisio(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: described situation in relation to central credit register as “completely unacceptable”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Six years after the crash of our domestic banks, you might have thought that there would by now be a central repository with detailed information o(...)

 Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: ruled that Eamonn Lillis was entitled to his half interest in assets jointly owned by himself and his late wife, including  their  family home in Howth,  and suggested that the law should be reviewed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The body charged with recommending law reforms to Government is seeking views on possible changes to the inheritance rights of convicted killers. Iris(...)

I felt like cheering when I read that a man in the UK had become the first to be jailed by the courts there for posting “revenge porn”.The practice of(...)

Social  media enhances our interactions with fellow human beings but also poses great risks. Photograph: Camelia Dobrin/Ikon Images

In the United States, about 30,000 people die each year in road incidents. Roughly the same number are killed by guns. We observe these tragedies and (...)

 “The online world leaves individuals vulnerable to serious privacy violations through the posting of private, false, humiliating, shameful or otherwise harmful content,” the report says.

The public has been invited to make submissions on a new Law Reform Commission paper which considers whether the law should be changed to reflect t(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: his department, as part of the Government’s recent review of State expenditure, has been warned against further cuts.

Government departments will have to increase their spending on expensive external legal advice if the budget of the attorney general’s office is cut (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: his department argued there was merit in the options for cuts drawn up by line departments before the budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform backed radical cuts to social welfare payments, suggested the abolition of the Law Reform Commission (...)