Solidarity TD Paul Murphy is one of the high-profile parties to have been granted legal aid in the recent past. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme ran €5 million over its allocated budget last year. The total expenditure was €53 million, with an allocated bu(...)

Cheesy photo op Award: A shot taken from the Twitter feed of Leo Varadkar of himself and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau jogging in Phoenix Park, Dublin in July. File photograph: @campaignforleo/PA Wire

For Promoting Better Public Understanding of Science Danny Healy-Rae. Without Danny how would we know that climate change is a swizz and that driving(...)

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the Policing Authority. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The head of the Policing Authority has said it is “unfortunate” that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the authori(...)

Jim O’Callaghan called for a “swift” response from the Minister for Justice and Equality. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Policing Authority has said it will study the “significant findings and recommendations” of the Public Accounts Committee’s report into the manag(...)

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan allayed concerns that the backlog is impacting on Garda prosecutions in the courts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has confirmed that the backlog in unanalysed drug cases at Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) currently stands at 2,(...)

Kieran Conway, above, believes Michael Hayes had given the apology in the hope that it would help the relatives of those killed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former IRA member Kieran Conway says he believes the apology offered by Michael Hayes to the relatives of the Birmingham bombing is a “courageous” mov(...)

Micheál Martin: has been back on the doors since last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The foundation of all electoral success is worn shoe leather but, for Micheál Martin, canvassing is an article of faith. The Fianna Fáil leader attri(...)

Fianna Fail party leader Micheál Martin: said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar may have prejudiced other trials and the verdicts in the cases were a vindication of the courts process. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The Taoiseach’s spokesman has rejected criticism by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of Leo Varadkar’s request that the Garda Commissioner should loo(...)

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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he cannot be certain the proposed Bill on a judicial appointments commission will pass in its current f(...)

Members of the judiciary are strongly opposed to planned reforms to how judges are appointed from Shane Ross.

A proposal to change the way judges are appointed has been widely criticised and prompted unprecedented expressions of concern from the judges. Below (...)