‘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(...)

 Alex White has called for a referendum to remove ban on blasphemy from the Constitution. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The government should seriously consider holding a referendum to remove the constitutional ban on blasphemy during the lifetime of the current Dáil, t(...)

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(...)