Belgian authorities declared some loot box systems to be illegal gambling and compelled major game developers to remove such features in games sold in the country. Above, gamers play the video game Star Wars Battlefront II  during the Paris Games Week last year. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images

The Government has signed an international declaration expressing concern about gambling in video games which many experts view as a gateway for child(...)

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein called the New York Times story “inaccurate and factually incorrect” and said the anonymous sources behind it were “advancing their own personal agenda”. Photograph: Pete Marovich/New York Times

US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein suggested recording President Donald Trump secretly and encouraged aides to invoke the 25th amendment to rem(...)

John Costello, head  of the Parole Board: “In England over the five-year period from 2011 over £1 million was paid to prisoners because of delayed parole hearings.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Parole – the process allowing for the release for Ireland’s most serious criminals – is due to get a major shake-up later this year when the Oireachta(...)

Kathleen O’Toole, chairperson of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, at the launch of its report. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Gardaí should no longer have power to decide if people are prosecuted for minor offences, and members of the public should be able to report any conce(...)

Tesla is under investigation by the US Department of Justice following chief executive Elon Musk’s claim last month that he had secured funding to take the company private, according to a person briefed on the matter

Tesla is under investigation by the US Department of Justice following chief executive Elon Musk’s claim last month that he had secured funding to tak(...)

Hatch Hall asylum seeker accommodatoin centre in Dublin. In documents released to this newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act, Department of Justice officials warned of a “chronic lack of space” to house newly-arrived refugee applicants. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The housing crisis affects large swathes of the population, so it is no surprise that refugees – one of the most vulnerable groups in society – are al(...)

Hatch Hall direct provision centre in Dublin. A resident, who prefers not to give his name, says his applications for jobs in IT have been turned down by four recruiters. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some asylum seekers eligible to work under the State’s recently introduced scheme say they are being blocked from getting jobs by employers who doubt (...)

Irish prisons: warring gangs use threats and acts of violence against other inmates, their family members and staff. Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

In 2013, Seán had just been transferred to C-Wing when the alarm went off. It was a sound he was used to. Whenever there is a major fight in Mountjoy(...)

Managing director Sinead McSweeney in Twitter’s Dublin headquarters. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Twitter may have honed the world’s ability to distil insights into 280 characters but decidedly longer reads were a formative part of Twitter Ireland (...)

Ilabek Avetian (39) at  Beaumont Hospital. He suffered severe head injuries after a scrambler bike fell on him as he sunbathed in a Dublin park this summer. Photograph: Olivia Lynott

Legislative action must be taken to end the illegal use of scramblers and quad bikes in urban areas across the country in order to protect people’s li(...)

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