Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

The Four Courts in Dublin. The High Court has lost a number of prominent judges recently and will be further depleted within months. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More than 15 vacancies are expected to arise on the superior courts in the coming months, giving the Government a rare opportunity to reshape key part(...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter speaking at the Central Count Centre at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A court of appeal will be established next year after the proposal was approved by a clear majority.Some 65 per cent voted Yes in the referendum to cr(...)

What injects energy into public discussion, raises awareness and encourages voting is strong, articulate argument on each side of the debate. Photograph: Frank Miller

Arguments for and against the proposal to abolish the Seanad have been made vigorously in recent weeks. Discussion on the proposal to establish a cour(...)


Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

What is the Court of Appeal referendum about? It has been overshadowed by the debate on the abolition of the Seanad, but there’s a second referendum t(...)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Susan Denham. Photograph:  Pat Langan

The proposal to establish a court of appeal is a response to a chronic bottleneck at the apex of the courts system. At its root is a simple problem(...)

High Court judge High Court  Elizabeth Dunne who has been nominated to chair the Referendum Commission for the autumn ballot on a Court of Appeal.

High Court judge Elizabeth Dunne has been nominated to chair the Referendum Commission for the autumn ballot on a Court of Appeal. Judge Dunne, who wa(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the Government will increase the size of the Supreme Court from eight to 10 judges in the coming months, a move that will allow it to sit in three divisions for the first time and help cut into the waiting list. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

At a recent hearing in the Supreme Court, as two barristers ruminated at length over how to go about delivering a box of documents to the court, Mr Ju(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said he is looking forward to debating the Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

A referendum on a new Court of Appeal will be held in October after the Government today published a draft law allowing for the creation of the cou(...)

If the referendum is carried, the Seanad would be abolished from midnight on the day immediately before the next Dáil first meets after the next general election. Photograph: Frank Miller

Some 40 articles of the Constitution will have to be amended to remove references to the Seanad if the public votes to scrap the Upper House. (...)