John Rogers SC, for the woman’s father, argued the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which sets down the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn, was not applicable to this case. Photograph: Frank Miller

The High Court has been told it would be “grotesque” to keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support given the chances of the baby being born aliv(...)

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, one of the three judges, who handled proceedings with delicacy and tact, as the evidence proceeded swiftly

Her father looks out into the court and inclines his head towards the microphone. “My daughter’s dead,” he says softly. “I just want her to have digni(...)

In two known cases since 2001, staff at hospitals in Waterford and Galway kept pregnant women on life support as a result of uncertainty over the hospitals’ obligation to the foetus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Two incidents in which Irish hospitals kept brain dead pregnant women on life support in the past 15 years have prompted calls for guidelines to help (...)

President of the High Court the Hon Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns  said on Monday,  “Time is of the essence.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A team of lawyers will represent the interests of “the unborn” in the High Court case that will decide the fate of a pregnant woman who has been de(...)

Case raises issues relating to the right to life of the unborn and  whether switching off life support would breach the constitutional rights of the foetus

Neurosurgeons who treated the pregnant woman at the centre of current High Court proceedings recommended her life support be switched off after determ(...)

Paul Gallagher SC argues in a new book that the seriousness and extent of the challenges posed by EU law are not widely understood by the public, politicians or lawyers. Photographer: Paul O’Driscoll

Recent EU treaty changes have had much less significance for Ireland than the “regular and automatic” changes brought about by new laws from Brussels(...)

By now it’s a grimly familiar pattern: a family’s private anguish rekindles Ireland’s strained, 30-year debate on the right to life of the unborn. Onc(...)

Brazil’s supreme court has voted to allow the extradition of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland. Picture Garrett White / Collins

More than 8,000km from Dublin, in the modernist halls of the Supreme Federal Court in Brasilia, a remarkable seven-year saga edged towards its dénouem(...)

A key element of the Government’s long-delayed plan to overhaul the legal sector has been diluted in a raft of changes approved by Cabinet. Photograph: Getty

A key element of the Government’s long-delayed plan to overhaul the legal sector has been diluted in a raft of changes approved by Cabinet. The propos(...)

David Barniville: new chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers and runs the Law Library. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

These are uncertain times for the Law Library. The economic collapse has meant that an increasing number of barristers are in competition for a smalle(...)