For countries within the Schengen area, the restrictions on travel were lifted on June 15th, and restrictions between the Schengen area and non-members of the European Union came to an end on July 6th. Photograph: Getty Images

Guidelines in relation to travel must be embodied in law if they are to be enforced on members of the public, including civil and public servants, int(...)

Disputes over the status of Irish in Northern Ireland played a significant part in the collapse of the power-sharing executive in Stormont in 2017.

The United Kingdom should adopt a comprehensive law and strategy on the promotion of Irish in Northern Ireland as a “matter of priority”, a council of(...)

Lengthy waiting times for trials have long been a problem for the Irish criminal justice system. The average wait time for a murder or rape trial last year was 14 months, up from 11 months in 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government is drafting legislation which will allow criminal defendants to apply for compensation for delayed trials. Under the European Conventi(...)

Slovak businessman Marian Kocner at the trial in Pezinok, Slovakia, concerning the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova. Photograph: EPA/Jakub Gavlak

An influential Slovak businessman has been cleared of ordering the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, prompting the country’s leaders to c(...)

The Women’s Aid report reveals a 43 per cent increase in calls to its helpline, compared with the same period in 2019. Photograph: iStock

Calls from women experiencing domestic violence – including being strangled, raped and beaten – increased by almost half during the first three months(...)

Penal reform advocates have said the death of a terminally ill prisoner who died after repeatedly trying to access emergency medical attention could a(...)

People pass in front of a Huawei newest flagship store in Shanghai, China, 16 July 2020. EPA/ALEX PLAVEVSKI

Over recent months, tensions between the US and China have grown, and Huawei has found itself being targeted as the Trump Administration attempts to d(...)

Protesters and police clash outside the parliament building in Belgrade, as Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic announced plans for a  return to lockdown  amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic has accused far-right radicals and foreign security services of sparking violence during a protest in Belgrade agai(...)

The Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights says Ireland is one of 14 EU states violating the European Social Charter, on women’s rights to equality at work. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/EPA

Irish women’s right to equal pay for equal work, and to equality in career development, are not guaranteed, the Council of Europe has found. In a har(...)

Malgorzata Gersdorf holds a flower bouquet as she speaks to her supporters during her last day as supreme court president in Warsaw this week. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

As the embattled head of Poland’s supreme court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, retired last week at the end of her term, she gloomily responded to a question a(...)

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