Minister Shane Ross: told Cabinet meeting he would not facilitate any more judicial appointment under ‘rotten system’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has agreed to the appointment of three more judges despite strong opposition expressed by the Independent Alliance at yesterday’s Cabin(...)

Joe Loughnane of Galway Anti-Racism Network speaking in Galway in January during a march and rally calling for an end to Ireland’s Direct Provision system. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A Galway anti-racism grouping has called for investigations into management of the city’s two direct provision centres for asylum seekers. The Galway(...)

Jo, originally from Malaysia, posts her selfie online on Friday to raise awareness for the undocumented in Ireland. ‘I’m in Ireland for 15 years as a childminder.  I want the Irish Government to know I live here, work here and belong here.’

Undocumented migrants in Ireland have called on the Government to remember “the other undocumented” in Ireland as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar pleads the ca(...)

Minister of State Finian McGrath, who has special responsibility for disabilities, has said there is legal disagreement over whether parents and families are allowed to place elderly or disabled relatives in institutions against their will. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Ratified, up to a point

The Department of Justice has, once again, found reasons for not doing the generous thing for a disadvantaged group of people. This time, it was decid(...)

Minister of State with Responsibilities for Disability Issues Finian McGrath said the convention offers “an opportunity to reassess our attitudes to people with disabilities, and to place a renewed focus on their place in society”. Photograph: Collins

Disability rights campaigners have described as “deeply worrying” and “ridiculous” the decision by the Government to ratify the United Nations Convent(...)

Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner: pushed for a big increase in funding last year, arguing the body would become the pan-EU regulator for most of the world’s top internet companies, including Facebook and Twitter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Incoming EU privacy rules covering online personal data make this year “existentially critical” to the reputation of the Data Protection Commissioner (...)

Ailbhe Smyth will co-chair the Together for Yes campaign. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Campaigners for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment plan to launch their nationwide umbrella campaign next week in Dublin under the banner “Together fo(...)

The  people  who engaged with homeless services for the first time during  the snow storm included people sleeping in cars, squats and, in one case, in their place of work

About 70 homeless people who got emergency beds during last week’s severe weather had not been engaging with homeless services before the storm. They (...)

When Josephine Feehily appears before the Oireachtas Committee the week after next she will be asked why her agency declined to meet Ms Galligan and Ms West despite repeated requests. Photograph: Alan Betson

The controversy over the treatment of two Garda civilian whistleblowers after they exposed problems with the classification of homicides is to continu(...)

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster unlawfully stopped the Stormont Executive discussing a funding plan aimed at clearing a backlog of legacy inquests, the High Court in Belfast ruled today. Photograph: EPA/Neil Hall

Alan Erwin Former Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster unlawfully stopped the Stormont Executive discussing a funding plan aimed at clearing(...)

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