Middle-class expectations of an inheritance based on the value of the family home may no longer be valid as people live longer and use family home to fund cost of care.

Changes to the “generational contract” between parents and their children have the potential to “lock in” a new class divide between those who have pr(...)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe is “unequivocally against” use of the poor box by District Court judges in cases where penalty points might(...)

The Road Traffic Act 2010 prohibits the application of the poor box to offences that attract penalty points, including speeding, from June 1st, 2011. Photograph: The Irish Times

Nearly 2,000 drivers were allowed to avoid convictions for speeding offences by making contributions to court poor boxes over a 27-month period, despi(...)

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton at a policy launch. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Rural Ireland is a playground for criminal gangs because the consequences are not strong enough, according to a Renua Ireland candidate. Offaly candi(...)

President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The decision by President Michael D Higgins to sign the International Protection Bill (on immigration procedures) into law without referring it to the(...)

Attorney general Máire Whelan. She said those reporting court proceedings were performing an important public service

The Law Reform Commission is to examine whether defamation laws should be changed to protect court reporters who make honest mistakes. Donncha O’Conn(...)

“When criminal offences are framed around human characteristics such as ‘intention’ or ‘dishonesty’, it can be difficult to pinpoint a company’s responsibility, as opposed to that of a director or employee.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The financial crisis which we have just endured may have been the worst in our history. It had a number of causes, including questionable and probably(...)

The Law Reform Commission is seeking submissions from interested parties on a range of possible reforms that would affect how the Financial Regulator and other regulatory bodies conduct their work

Criminalising reckless trading and allowing for deferred prosecutions for corporations suspected of criminal behaviour, are among the topics being can(...)

It is increasingly clear that Ireland lags well behind other jurisdictions in its protection of surviving spouses, especially in cases of intestacy

December 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the primary legislation governing inheritance in Ireland. When introduced, the Succession(...)

Anyone who opens a bank or post office account must first produce detailed evidence of identity – including passport, driving licence, utility bill an(...)