Kevin Hannaway (71) is serving a sentence of three years and nine months at the maximum security Portlaoise Prison after being jailed for assisting IRA “interrogations”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

A prisoner has brought a High Court challenge over restrictions on prison visits. Kevin Hannaway (71) is serving a sentence of three years and nine m(...)

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(...)

The Electoral Act obliges those who are challenged while voting to swear on a Bible or publicly refuse to do so. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In Ireland high public office is only for the religious, and our court system ignores the rights of atheists, despite the fact that we pride ourselves(...)

A sign on a tree reading “No entry to the property. Parents are liable for their children” after police finished a two-day search in a garden allotment near  the German city of Hanover on Wednesday. Photograph: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/AFP via Getty Images

German police searching an allotment plot used by the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have reportedly found a cellar once belie(...)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin says that he is well aware of the issues raised in an email he received at the weekend from children rights campaigner Louise O’Keeffe on foot of her successful action against the Irish state in the European Court of Human Rights in 2014. File photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has re-affirmed a commitment he made in opposition to set up an ex-gratia payment system for people who were sexually abused (...)

Louise O’Keeffe who was sexually abused by her teacher in a Co Cork primary school in the 1970s. Photograph: Collins

Children’s rights campaigner Louise O’Keeffe has called on both Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to deliver on promises to compensat(...)

The Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria: Lawyers for  “jihadi wives” and their children  have lost the case to have them repatriated to the Netherlands. Photograph: Delil Souleiman

The Dutch supreme court has dashed the repatriation hopes of so-called jihadi wives and their children by ruling that the government has no obligation(...)

A protester holds a placard supporting BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) in Paris in 2015. Photograph:   Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Seven judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, presided over by Irishwoman Síofra O’Leary, have overturned a conviction by France’s(...)

The head of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Les Allamby said: ‘PSNI holds almost one-quarter of a million individuals’ fingerprints and close to 200,000 individuals’ DNA.’ Image: Getty

Police in Northern Ireland will begin “real-time” deletion of DNA records in September. The indefinite storage of a convicted drink-driver’s profile,(...)

Mark Nash said his rights under the European Convention had been breached because of the period of 12 years which elapsed between him first being questioned in respect of the Grangegorman murders, and the decision to formally charge him following the discovery of new evidence. File photograph: Collins Courts

An application from the serial murderer Mark Nash to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg has been thrown out. In an application (...)

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