Under the judicial council system proposed for Ireland, every inquiry would be held in private, bar in exceptional circumstances. Photograph: iStockPhoto

The proposal to set up a judicial council comes following pressure from the Council of Europe, which has long called for an independent body with a co(...)

Legislation approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday and due to be published in the autumn is expected to cover services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, as well as email service. Photograph: iStockphoto

Proposals to extend Garda powers to allow them intercept social media accounts, text messages and other private messages sent by criminal suspects are(...)