Minister  for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: acknowledged the importance of the legislation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

When a person is convicted of a crime, there is a legitimate expectation of punishment, with the most serious consequence being the loss of liberty. I(...)

The euro fell as Greek voters rejected austerity demands, fueling concern the indebted nation is on track to exit the currency union

The euro fell as Greek voters rejected austerity demands, fueling concern the indebted nation is on track to exit the currency union. Australia’s dol(...)

Several changes were made to the name and address details on the account of former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Sean FitzPatrick on the bank’s internal record system, a trial has heard. Photograph: Courts Collins

Three former Anglo Irish Bank officials accused of hiding bogus off-shore accounts in an alleged tax evasion scheme were involved in helping Revenue i(...)

 The trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank officials continues   at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph:Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Monies were transferred from accounts connected to the former head of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick, into a staff loan account for a few days at (...)

People cool off in a fountain of a park in Madrid as a major heatwave spreads up through Europe, with temperatures hitting nearly 40 degrees. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

The warm summer weather is set to continue through Wednesday, although cooler and cloudier conditions have set in across the west and southwest of the(...)

View of the Ros Goill Gaeltacht area,  Co Donegal. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish, our “first” but minority language, is in crisis. The recently-published Update of the Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the(...)

The Asgard II, which sunk off the French coast in 2008. Photograph: Coiste an Asgard/PA Wire

The Atlantic Youth Trust is seeking to raise €16 million for a new Irish sail training ship. It would replace the Republic’s Asgard II, which was lost(...)

Mike Allen, director of advocacy with Focus Ireland, said some families had reported being turned away by local authorities when they presented as homeless. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The number of homeless children in Dublin has surpassed 1,000 for the first time since the homelessness crisis began last year. The latest figures fr(...)

The death toll from drinking tainted alcohol in a Mumbai slum climbed to 84 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade.

The death toll from drinking tainted alcohol in a Mumbai slum climbed to 84 in the worst incident of its kind in more than a decade, police said today(...)

State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy said the lack of pathological evidence in the Graham Dwyer murder trial made her think he might be found not guilty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The State Pathologist Marie Cassidy has expressed surprise at the jury’s guilty verdict in the Graham Dywer murder trial, based on the lack of patholo(...)