Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa who is awaiting trial in Egypt. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Egyptian government cannot intervene to release Ibrahim Halawa while his case is before the courts, but there may be “room” for talks on the teena(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry presents the Trafficking in Persons Report. It urged Ireland to implement its trafficking law to ensure offenders were held accountable through convictions and dissuasive sentences. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Ireland is using anti-trafficking laws to prosecute crimes unrelated to trafficking, a US state department report has found. The Trafficking in Perso(...)

Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke out of Oberstown detention facility, near Lusk, at around 9.30pm on Saturday. Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke out of Oberstown detention facility, near Lusk, at around 9.30pm on Saturday.

Gardaí are continuing to search for three teenagers who absconded from a child detention centre in north Dublin. Four youths, aged 15 and 16, broke o(...)

Anti water charge protest. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

It will take at least another year before Irish Water can get a true sense of how many households will pay water charges, according to the chief execu(...)

Why is the Government proposing a law to state that judges must do what they’re already doing? For symbolic and political effect, partly

Ireland has a constitutional presumption in favour of bail because, in the eyes of the law, a person is innocent until proven guilty. So judges who gr(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with Wendy and Colin Parry at the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace Centre, Warrington. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography.

Twenty years ago, still reeling from the killing of their 12-year-old son Tim by an IRA bomb that tore through a busy shopping street in Warrington(...)

Communications consultant Monica Leech secured a €1.25m libel award. Photograph: The Irish Times

Independent Newspapers is to challenge Ireland’s defamation laws at the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that a €1.25 million libel award to c(...)

ATM withdrawals are limited to €60, but some banks can run out of €20 notes, in effect making the limit €50. Photograph: Reuters

More than two weeks after capital controls were introduced, the banks remain closed, pharmacies are short on supplies and Greeks’ online purchases (...)

Greece PM Alexis Tsipras:  Grexit will be off the agenda. Photograph: Bloomberg

Alexis Tsipras knows he cannot persuade his party to like a deal that repudiates some of the basic principles he and his colleagues stand for. Instead(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras during his interview for ERT state television. Photograph: Andrea Bonetti/AFP

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has said he takes “full responsibility” for signing an agreement he does not believe in and will stay in office t(...)