Senator Edward Kennedy giving a news conference about an immigration bill in Washington on May 16th, 2007. A new book about the late politician by his youngest son has provoked strife within the Kennedy family. Photograph: Jamie Rose/The New York Times

The real-life American soap opera that is The Kennedys continued this week with the latest episode being a very public row between immediate family me(...)

Brian O’Donnell  with his son Blake. The adult O’Donnell children lost their claim that they owned Gorse Hill. Photograph: Courts Collins

A High Court judge has been asked to prevent retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell contesting a bank’s bid to prevent him trespassing on his former fami(...)

The Supreme Court has dismissed  an appeal by Eileen  Gunning, formerly of Chrysanthemum Cottage, Blacklion, Greystones, against High Court orders dismissing her case as an abuse of process and restraining her bringing further litigation over the cottage without High Court permission. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A woman’s lengthy legal battle for possession of a cottage near Greystones, Co Wicklow, has been halted by the Supreme Court. The court also made ord(...)

Jules Thomas. File Photograph:  Courts Collins

Ian Bailey’s partner Jules Thomas claims she has suffered psychiatric illness and “incalculable” damage due to alleged actions by gardaí and the State(...)

Papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles J Brown said letting each person define their own concepts of existence and meaning represents “an enormous abdication of our responsibility to seek some meaningful communality among human beings, based on our shared human nature”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Having “absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions” is among the norms limiting the individual’s freedom to act as they might wish, th(...)

Chief Justice Ms Justice Susan Denham speaking with  Sir Declan Morgan, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland,    following a ceremony to celebrate the start of the new law term. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ireland’s reputation is being damaged due to the continuing delay in establishing a judicial council, whose functions would include setting out a code(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Implementation of constitutional change provided for by referendums should not be unduly delayed, former minister for justice Alan Shatter said. “It (...)

President Michael D Higgins: signed Bill in accordance with Constitution. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins had no choice but to sign the marriage amendment into the Constitution despite the Supreme Court not having considered (...)

Members of the media listen to the witnesses following the execution of Kelly Gissendaner at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Photograph: Tami Chappell/Reuters 1:15

Georgia executed the only woman on its death row on Wednesday, hours after the State Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected her final plea for clemency(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: appeals in referendum result cases should automatically bypass the Court of Appeal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The law should be changed to make it more difficult for legal challenges to delay referendum results taking effect, former minister for justice Alan S(...)