Former first minister and leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party Alex Salmond: “I think it would be very difficult for any Irish government, of any political persuasion, to run counter to Scottish nationalism.” Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

For a man who just returned to Westminster last May after an eight-year absence, Alex Salmond moves through the Houses of Parliament as if he had neve(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald amended  the bill on the advice of the attorney general that the Bar Council could sue. Pic: Collins Photos.

That the Government was told by the Attorney General that the barristers’ representative body, the Bar Council, would go to court over a proposed c(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Legislation to bring about the biggest change to the legal services sector since the foundation of the State will be enacted before the Dáil rises for(...)

The milk-and-watery terms of the Legal Services Regulation Bill represent a triumph for the lobbying powers of the Bar Council and the Law Society and(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald:  Amendments, likely to be some of the final changes to the Bill, were signed off by Ministers and will be published on Wednesday. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State’s consumer and competition watchdog has accused Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald of granting the legal profession a “veto” over refor(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: said reforms “represent substantial progress”.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has defended her legal reforms as “pragmatic” in the face of criticism from a State watchdog which alleged sh(...)

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) heard the starting salary for solicitors in the public sector is about €30,000, while the equivalent for trainees in private firms stands at about €60,000.  The latter figure was revised to a maximum of €50,000 in Dublin by legal sources. File photograph: Getty Images

The State’s legal services are being undermined by the private sector offering significantly higher salary levels to attract qualified solicitors and (...)

Denise McBride QC (left) and Siobhan Keegan QC have become the first women to be appointed as High Court judges in Northern Ireland. Photograph: NI Judicial Appointments Commission/PA Wire.

Women have been appointed as High Court judges in Northern Ireland for the first time. Denise McBride QC and Siobhan Keegan QC were sworn in by Lord C(...)

Mr Justice Gerard Hogan said he “struggled to speak with any degree of moderation” in relation to an episode when two ACC Loan Management representatives demanded  deeds at the Athlone office of Orla Cummins.

Two bank representatives behaved inappropriately and made “outrageous” allegations in a solicitor’s office before being told to leave by gardaí, a Cou(...)

The Treasury Building, home to Nama, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The key architects of the deal that ultimately became Nama’s sale of its Project Eagle loans to US investor Cerberus last year were accountant David W(...)