Professor Eoin O’Dell told the seminar that both proposed bills would likely be found unconstitutional if enacted by the Oireachtas. Photograph: Getty Images

A leading legal academic has described proposed legislation to create new offences for sending abusive messages on social media networks as ‘proble(...)

Richard Desmond: “Everybody has ethics, I’m sure Adolf Hitler had ethics. It’s about what you think is right.” Photograph: Peter Maciarmid/Getty Images

The Irish Times is being escorted to the top floor of the Northern & Shell office building in London by a hefty young man who says he “looks af(...)

TV3’s studios. It is unlikely that INM, will try to buy the for-sale station.

“No action is recommended.” In its review of the 14 submissions to the consultation on its draft media mergers guidelines, now finalised and published(...)

The guidelines will apply across print, broadcast and online and will set out thresholds that specify how many shares or holdings are needed to be able to influence the “direction or policy . . . with regard to news, current affairs or cultural content”. Photograph: Getty Images

New media mergers guidelines which say it is “undesirable” for one person or business to hold excessive influence in the industry are set to be passed(...)

Denis O’Brien: shadow of billionaire privacy campaigner O’Brien looms large over all conversations about media mergers in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

In the frenetic, fast-evolving world of media, nothing appears to move more slowly than the laws and regulations that govern it. Minister for Communi(...)

Former Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan in a report published last July concluded that information about one of two children taken from their homes in October 2013 in Westmeath and Dublin had “on the balance of probability” been disclosed by a member of the Garda to the journalist who wrote the initial reports on the first child being taken. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A senior Garda officer has been arrested over his alleged dealings with the media when members of the force took two Roma children from their families(...)

Thousands of people celebrate in Dublin Castle Square as the result of the referendum is relayed on May 23rd. Voters in the Republic of Ireland were taking part in a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The glorious positives from the resounding Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum should not distract from the fact that the campaign was at tim(...)

 Enda O’Doherty, a subeditor at the ‘Irish Press’ group, giving out the final issue of the XPress – the publication produced by NUJ members during the dispute. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times 11:46

A hundred metres down the street from Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp headquarters is a small brass plaque reading “Irish Press plc”. It is a humble remin(...)

The BAI has announced its guidelines for the forthcoming referenda, including a recommendation that campaigning presenters should not be on air in the run-up to the vote. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Broadcasters who actively campaign in the forthcoming referenda should not be on air during that time period, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (B(...)

Colm Rapple worked for the Irish Press and Independent Newspapers throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Colm Rapple, the economist and financial journalist, has died following a short illness. Mr Rapple worked for the Irish Press and Independent Newspape(...)