Former chief justice John Murray: produced a damning report which draws pretty much the same conclusions about Irish law that the ECJ did about the EU directive. Photograph: Frank Miller

It’s taken quite a while for the Irish Government to properly notice that, in April 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) resoundingly rejected th(...)

A report by former chief justice John Murray has found that the State is operating a system of data-retention that amounts to mass surveillance of the entire population. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

The finding by former chief justice John Murray that the State is operating a system of data-retention that amounts to mass surveillance of the entire(...)

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 victorious Galway team celebrate at Carton House. Photograph: Pat Cashman

Galway washed away the pain of a third successive AIG Barton Shield final defeat when they claimed the AIG Senior Cup for the third time in 12 years w(...)

 Newstalk’s Pat Kenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The ability to find a fresh angle on a familiar subject is the hallmark of any good broadcaster. It’s no surprise, then, that after 40 years or so on (...)

“Do people still say ‘groovy’?”: Al Porter admits it’s an odd question from someone who’s only 24. Photograph: Twitter

Al Porter is a sick man. Not in any edgy, transgressive sense: despite being a young comic open about all aspects of his personal life he has a curiou(...)

Susan Denham made her final appearance on the Supreme Court bench on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

When, in December 1992, Susan Denham became the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, it was a culture shock for her and for the instituti(...)

John Murray and Simon Jackson of Modern Botany, at home in west Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Dr Simon Jackson picks out little details in the buildings as he walks to the pharmacy department in Trinity College Dublin. “Those circular patterns (...)

'Seán Moncrieff reminded his audience that, as well as being a wry chronicler of contemporary foibles, he can handle hard news topics.' Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tuning into Morning Ireland (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) always requires a certain degree of compartmentalisation. The chances of getting oneself out the d(...)

Director of the the Iona Institute David Quinn, pictured at a press conference advocating a No vote in the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The company behind the religious advocacy group, the Iona Institute, received donations of almost €275,000 last year. The Iona Institute is a trading(...)