The rise in the number of life sentences reflects the increasingly violent nature of crime, especially among organised criminals, as well as the success of the Garda in bringing criminals before the courts

The average time in prison served by those sentenced to life reached 20 years last year for only the third time in the history of the State.News tha(...)

A leaf of the cannabis plant. Photograph: Thinkstock

Spare a thought for Bert Trautmann, a goalkeeper who suffered two cracked vertebrae in his neck while playing for Manchester City in the 1956 FA Cu(...)

A new Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation survey has found that almost 6 per cent of nurses and midwives are bullied on a near daily basis. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A large-scale survey carried out among nurses and midwives suggests that about 6 per cent are being bullied on a daily basis.The study findings indica(...)

Retired NUIG lecturer Micheline Sheehy Skeffington. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

THE NUI Galway (NUIG) scientist who won an Equality Tribunal case against the university late last year claims she is being “punished” for “highlighti(...)

The Law Society of Ireland welcomed its freshest crop of solicitors with a parchment ceremony at Blackhall Place last month. Fifty-two new lawyers were admitted to the Roll of Solicitors

The Law Society of Ireland welcomed its freshest crop of solicitors with a parchment ceremony at Blackhall Place late last month. Fifty-two newly qual(...)

Lorcan Shannon’s legal career in the US began with an internship in senator Ted Kennedy’s office

For many young Irish people, a J1 summer in America is a carefree rite-of-passage, but for Clare man Lorcan Shannon, it proved a springboard for hi(...)

NUIG initiated a task force in January in response to an Equality Tribunal finding in favour of scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington late last year

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has urged NUI Galway (NUIG) to ensure there is “proper consultation” with staff on the issue of gender equality.(...)

TUI general secretary John MacGabhann: said there were aspects of the proposal the ASTI would have difficulties with even though it would support the thrust of the motion

The Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) has deferred a decision on whether to escalate the junior cycle dispute to include a withdrawal of teacher partici(...)

 Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: “I firmly believe that staff and their unions should have the right to be consulted and provided with information on any proposed changes to their employment.” Photograph: Patrick Browne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has backed demands by staff at St Angela’s College, Sligo, to be consulted directly in talks on their merger wi(...)

Members of the TUI remain opposed to many aspects of the reform proposals advnaced by Dr Padraic Travers, particularly an oral communication project for second year students. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Secondary school teachers will undertake a national lunchtime protest over Junior Cycle concerns later this month and unions will picket centres where(...)