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Catherine Murphy said it was ‘entirely inappropriate’ for the Attorney General to sit on the Judicial Appointments Commission. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State must see the appointment of judges “who truly reflect Irish society” and “not just a certain section of society”, the Dáil has heard. Sinn(...)

 Barristers at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Parkgate Street, Dublin, stopped work briefly on Monday to highlight the low fee rates paid to barristers. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Defence lawyers have staged a protest over the “pitiful” payment rates District Court barristers receive at courthouses around the country. On Monday(...)

Judge John O’Connor: “Many teenagers are unaware they are breaking the law because they are disseminating child pornography.” Photograph: Collins Courts

The murder of 14-year-old Ana Kriégel in Dublin in May 2018 by two 13-year-old boys, coupled with extreme sexual violence by one of them, fed public f(...)

The Grand Palace, Bangkok, the residence of the Thai monarchy. Photograph: Getty Images

A Thai court on Tuesday sentenced a 65-year-old woman to more than 43 years in jail for sharing online posts criticising the royal family, her lawyer (...)

Cash and drugs haul seized by Garda in 2018. Photograph: PA

There is a general perception that judges and the justice system go easier on offenders than they did in years past. This is something not missed by (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: hearing is likely to be the first in a series of battles over the future of the public services card. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Social Protection has appealed against an enforcement notice handed down by the Data Protection Commissioner on the controversial pu(...)

New light has been shed on how a dispute over the lawfulness of the Public Services Card project has soured  the relationship between the Department of Social Protection and the Data Protection Commissioner

What just happened? The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has published the full report of the Data Protection Commissioner’s in(...)

Supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attend a vigil outside the federal police offices in Curitiba, Brazil on August 31st, 2018. Photograph: Rodolfo Buhrer

It is day 354 of the Free Lula Vigil and about 50 activists are gathered in front of federal police headquarters in the city of Curitiba, where Brazil(...)

Ireland categorises all types of child sex abuse material, simulated or real, as child pornography. This extends to to text conversations depicting child abuse. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí are seizing increasing amounts of virtual or simulated child pornography, in the form of cartoons, text and computer graphic images. The mater(...)

Ms Arundel is charged with entering the pensioner’s home and stealing a watch, a mobile phone, a bank card, a cash box and €15 in cash on May 1st. Photograph: iStock

A total of €53.68 million was paid in criminal legal aid to lawyers in 2017 – an increase of 9 per cent on the €49 million paid out the previous year.(...)

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