Mr Justice Gerard Hogan in the High Court today directed three dissident republicans must be released “forthwith” after finding the court has no jurisdiction to vary defective warrants under which they are detained.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Three dissident republicans convicted of trying to buy weapons and explosives on behalf of the Real IRA are expected to walk free from prison later to(...)

Frank Cassidy –  Ireland’s representative to European crime-fighting agency, Eurojust. Photograph: Jakov Minic

Properties and other assets owned by Irish gangland or white-collar criminals in other jurisdictions are out of the reach of the Criminals Assets Bure(...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman:  said it was  up to the European Court of Human Rights to clarify if had abandoned the principal of subsidiarity or if the O’Keeffe judgment was simply an “outlier”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A senior judge has warned the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg may be exceeding its own powers by taking on cases that have not been full(...)

Former minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon tribunal at Dublin Castle in 2006. The tribunal has paid legal fees to builders Tom Brennan and Joseph McGowan, who it found made corrupt payments to Burke. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Mahon tribunal has begun making substantial payments to cover the legal fees of some of those it found to be involved in corruption in the planni(...)

The State funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds takes place in Donnybrook, Dublin at midday today. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times 1:29

Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds was remembered as a man who “sought peace with determination” at his requiem Mass in Dublin today by the Archbishop o(...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh 6th  An image from September 1994 showing the then taoiseach Albert Reynolds (centre) shaking hands with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams (left) and SDLP leader John Hume outside Government Buildings after a discussion of ways to advance the peace process following the IRA’s ceasefire announcement of August 31st. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Albert Reynolds, like his British counterpart at the time John Major, may never have obtained the profile of some of the celebrated and notorious poli(...)

Former taoisigh Brian Cowen (left) and Albert Reynolds with Arthur French of the K Club at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Mary McAleese.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

The former taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who has died aged 81, made Northern Ireland his priority when he took office in 1992. Building on the groundwork(...)

Michael McKevitt: had demanded a full one-third enhanced remission of a 20-year sentence imposed on him in August 2003, after he had been convicted in the Special Criminal Court of directing a terrorist organisation and of being a member of the Real IRA. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Michael McKevitt, who is serving a 20-year sentence for membership of the Real IRA, will remain in prison at least until the Supreme Court hears an ap(...)

Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani-Canadian cleric, take a nap during a sit-in protest for the sixth day in Islamabad, Pakistan today. Photograph: Bilawal Arbab/EPA.

Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament today after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out. Prime (...)

 Michael McKevitt:   was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in August 2003 after being convicted in the Special Criminal Court of directing a terrorist organisation and of being a member of the Real IRA.   Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The High Court will decide today if it will deal with a freedom application by jailed IRA leader Michael McKevitt before a Supreme Court hearing on (...)