As part of the clampdown, immigration checks at passport control in Dublin Airport were moved back to the steps of arriving aircraft and those with fake documents were refused entry. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The number of Albanian and Georgian nationals claiming asylum in the Republic plummeted close to a standstill late last year, new figures show. An im(...)

US president Donald Trump’s legal team argues that the articles of impeachment “do not remotely approach the constitutional threshold for removing a president from office”. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

The impeachment trial of US president Donald Trump begins on Tuesday in Washington, amid a renewed push from the Republican-controlled Senate for the (...)

Sinn Féin’s North Belfast MP John Finucane: His visit to the US so soon after his election underlines the importance Sinn Féin ascribes to its American support. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

John Finucane remembers the events of that Sunday evening well. On February 12th, 1989, loyalist paramilitaries burst into his family home and opened(...)

Internet forums were the most common method for sharing child abuse imagery, accounting for 35 per cent of reports. Photograph: iStock

The online sharing of child abuse imagery, known in the legislation as “child pornography”, is skyrocketing, with a 174 per cent increase in reports b(...)

In some cases involving high levels of encryption, the Garda sends devices to a foreign company.

The Garda must wait for new technology to be developed before it can break into encrypted digital devices suspected of containing evidence of child se(...)

The direct provision centre in Foynes, Co. Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin

The Limerick charity which called for the immediate closure of the Mount Trenchard direct provision centre has said additional steps must be taken to (...)

East End Hotel in Portarlington, Co Laois: residents have consistently made allegations about overcrowding there.  Photograph: Collins

The Department of Justice approved the placement of 10 beds in one room in a hotel at the centre of a controversy over the alleged overcrowding of asy(...)

A video showing a room with 10 beds and no windows  was taken at the East End Hotel in Portarlington. Photograph: Collins Photos

A group representing asylum-seekers has rejected the suggestion that a video showing a room with 10 beds and no windows in an emergency direct provisi(...)

Fines for illegal parking would be abolished in favour of nationwide clamping under new proposals by the Courts Service. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The non-payment of TV licences would be tackled by adding a “fine”, or top-up, to a person’s local property tax, and fines for illegal parking would b(...)

Kate Owens (36), who suffocated her baby boy, was an “exemplary prisoner”, according to the Catholic chaplain. Photograph: David Sleator

Two women who received death sentences for murder were later released from prison into the care of religious orders, according to State papers from th(...)

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