He refused an emergency debate on the issue but told Michael Moynihan (FF, Cork North-West) who asked when legislation would be introduc(...)

President of the High Court the Hon Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the independence of the judiciary is "central to democracy" but declined to intervene in the row between judges and M(...)

New TD Helen McEntee. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter smiled broadly. There was not a judge in sight. The recipient was the new TD for Meath East, Helen McEn(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Seán Fleming said the rejection of the deal by the country’s largest trade union Siptu was “a significant blow” to the Government’s hopes of achieving additional savings.

Opposition parties tonight rounded on the Government as it failed to secure an agreement on public sector pay – with Fianna Fáil branding the c(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “The allegation that civil servants are frustrating a banking inquiry is outrageous.” Photograph: Eric Luke

A Bill to legalise abortion in certain circumstances, including the risk of suicide, is included in the programme of legislati(...)

A leg up: fee-paying schools are seen to give students an advantage. St Michael’s College and Blackrock College clash in the Leinster Schools Senior Cup Final last month. Photograph: Eric Luke

Should the state support fee-paying schools? This question is arguably the most divisive in Irish education today, pitting parent against parent, t(...)

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, speaking at the launch of the Law Reform Commission Report on Jury Service.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The row between the Government and the judiciary escalated last night when judges expressed concern that their independence wa(...)

Seán Fleming: ‘No politician has anything to fear’ from a banking inquiry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The long-promised Oireachtas inquiry into the banking collapse is unlikely to take place until late next year at the earliest because of a serious (...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald, Martin McGuinness and Pearse Doherty (left) after the leader’s address at the Sinn Féin Ardfheis   in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Co Mayo, at the weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

At the Sinn Féin Ardfheis in Castlebar, Co Mayo, at the weekend, were Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness conjuring at the back of their minds th(...)

“Same-sex statues” adorn the top of a wedding cake at a wedding specialists store in, Birmingham, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

At one time the law of many nations provided that a woman, when she married a man, became one of his chattels: part of his property possessions(...)