Attorney General Máire Whelan’s decision in February to refer part of the legal defamation regime to the Law Reform Commission was most welcome. It wa(...)

NewsBrands Ireland said the State’s defamation laws had a chilling effect on the media’s role as the watchdog of the public. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is time for Ireland’s defamation laws to be “brought into line with the rest of Europe”, NewsBrands Ireland has said. In a statement to mark Wor(...)

The FBI has requested an expansion of their ability to hack into suspects’ computers. Stock photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The US Congress has seven months to block a potentially massive expansion of the government’s ability to hack into suspects’ computers. At the FBI’s(...)

The Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to determine whether a man’s accountancy exam paper counts as personal data. File photograph: Getty Images

The Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to ask the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to determine whether a man’s accountancy exam paper (...)

Mr Justice Paul McDermott confirmed a finding of misconduct against Michael  O’Sullivan made by a Law Society Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal  over deducting without agreement monies due to the client following settlement of a personal injuries case in February 2004.

A solicitor had “no insight” into his “unfair and unreasonable behaviour” in withholding part of a client’s €100,000 damages settlement towards legal (...)

A Scientology building in Buffalo, New York. A chiropractor was ordered  to pay €5,000 damages for a ‘vitriolic and personalised’ attack on the character of a Co Mayo man who opposes the church’s beliefs and teachings. File photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

A chiropractor was ordered by a judge on Monday to pay €5,000 damages for a “vitriolic and personalised” attack on the character of a Co Mayo man who (...)

Some children are, through the circumstances into which they are born, at risk of harm.

Recent weeks have seen disturbing revelations about the abuse of vulnerable children, both in their own homes and in foster care. A case in the Galw(...)

The potential for successful challenges brought by a person who has had their suspended setence reactivated will very much depend on the individual facts of a case.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Every day in courtrooms across the country judges impose suspended sentences where a custodial sentence is merited but the person before the court dem(...)

If someone with a suspended sentence hanging over them is convicted of a second crime, what happens? Through the 20th century, the judiciary had no (...)

Kerry Group’s chief executive Stan McCarthy delivers a results presentation for the company Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has dropped its Supreme Court challenge to Kerry Group’s takeover of Breeo Foods, seven year(...)