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Joe Heffernan of Ennis, Co Clare, was sentenced to life for murdering a 21-year-old student after unsuccessfully claiming diminished responsibility. Photograph by Eamon Ward

If someone with mental illness commits a serious crime like murder how do you balance the needs of treatment and justice?The courts have grappled with(...)

A pilot project at Cloverhill prison identified psychosis in 561 new remands

Mental health experts have warned of “systematic discrimination” against people with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system as new figu(...)

A pilot project at Cloverhill prison identified psychosis in 561 new remands

Mental health experts have warned of “systematic discrimination” against people with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system as new figu(...)

A Cork man charged with IRA membership and firearms offences has had his bail conditions varied so he can attend the All-Ireland hurling final.Anthony(...)

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly and Justice Elizabeth Dunne, chairperson of the Referendum Commission at a press conference in Dublin today. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The referendum on the proposal to abolish the Seanad will involve some 40 changes to the Constitution, the chairwoman of the Referendum Commission has(...)

The man  appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday on 47 new charges. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

A man has appeared in court in Limerick on multiple charges of raping and assaulting a woman who is alleged to have been held against her will at an a(...)

Recep Cetin (22), who has admitted killing Marion Graham and Cathy Dinsmore (both 53), had claimed he was mentally ill at a hearing in Turkey  in May.  Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

A verdict is expected today in the murder trial in Turkey of Recep Cetin (22), who has previously admitted killing two women from Co Down.The trial of(...)

John Dundon’s solicitor John Devane,  who says his client will appeal  his conviction and is prepared to bring the case to the European Court of Human Rights. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

The chairman of Limerick’s joint policing committee has said John Dundon’s conviction for murdering Shane Geoghegan showed the people of the city we(...)

 John Dundon is driven under escort, from the Special Criminal Court, after being sentenced to life in prison for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Carl O’BrienFive years after a murder which shook the city of Limerick and shocked the entire country, John Dundon has begun a life sentence for killi(...)

Solicitor John Devane speaking outside the Special Criminal Court after John Dundon was today sentenced to life in prison for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

John Dundon’s solicitor has said his client may appeal his conviction for murder.Mr Dundon was found guilty today at the Special Criminal Court of org(...)

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