In almost every regard the Irish system fails to meet standards articulated in a number of recent judgments by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. Photograph: iStock

It’s not every day that a Minister for Justice issues a report describing their department as operating a universal, indiscriminate and illegal system(...)

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings  stressed the need to  pay increased attention to prevention and protection measures addressing the particular vulnerability of children to trafficking. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Ireland’s practice of housing victims of human trafficking in accommodation centres for asylum seekers has been sharply criticised by a report on Irel(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: “I felt at the time that we did not have sufficient information.” Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill

Name: Nóirín O’Sullivan Role: Garda Commissioner “As accounting officer, I take my statutory responsibility for how An Garda Síochána spends taxpaye(...)

 Independent Alliance member Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran proposed the Keeping People in their Homes Bill, 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A proposal from an Independent Alliance member to allow courts to take into account additional factors in repossession cases, including the effect of (...)

Pat Breen’s amalgamated portfolio suggests the Government is failing to understand the need to focus on data protection.

Take a deep breath. Minister of State Pat Breen now has a formal job title that is a gasp-inducing 43 words long (44 if you decide to say “European Un(...)

 Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It is a “serious matter of concern” that legislation proposed by the Government seeks to exempt public bodies from fines where they breach data protec(...)

Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The removal of fees for accessing information held by government departments and public bodies has driven the number of requests to an all-time high o(...)

Testimony given by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to a Dáil committee has been undermined by written records of a two-hour meeting at which financial irregularities at Templemore Garda College were discussed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Testimony given by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to a Dáil committee has been undermined by written records of a two-hour meeting at which fina(...)

(From left) Minister of State David Stanton, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon and Ombudsman Peter Tyndall. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

Asylum seekers in the State’s 33 direct provision centres will now be able to make complaints to the Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children if they (...)

Bronwen O’ Reilly,  Glasnevin and Trinity student Niamh Herbert,  Kildare during a Dáil protest demanding ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It is difficult to understand why our Government has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), some 10 years afte(...)