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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(...)

Solicitor Aonghus McCarthy is one of the best paid criminal legal aid solicitors in the State, new figures show. Photograph: Collins Courts

The solicitor caught with cocaine in his wallet at Mountjoy prison is one of the best paid criminal legal aid solicitors in the country, new figures s(...)

File photograph:  Collins

The Policing Authority has publicly criticised senior Garda management over its handling of the controversy around misclassified homicides. It has al(...)

Donald Trump: “It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our court system is.”  Photograph:  Mark Wilson/Getty

US president Donald Trump has criticised a court order blocking his plan to phase out support for so-called ‘dreamers’ and described the US court syst(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy is one of the high-profile parties to have been granted legal aid in the recent past. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme ran €5 million over its allocated budget last year. The total expenditure was €53 million, with an allocated bu(...)

Should landholders  abstain from improving trails in the belief that new structures like stiles, which do much to reduce damage to fences, will still leave them open to litigation?

This decision of High Court judge, Mr Justice Michael White, to overturn last April’s Circuit Court decision to award €40,000 to hillwalker, Teresa Wa(...)

 Pat Hickey, former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, has been granted his passport back by a Brazilian judge so he can leave Brazil for medical treatment. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has said it will not pay the €400,000-plus bond which its former president Pat Hickey is required to lodge in cou(...)

Kevin Mallon, second from right, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Phil Clarke Hill

Ticket agent Kevin Mallon – who was arrested on the eve of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and one of 10 people charged last month in relation to (...)

Judge Gerard O’Brien said the accused had limited appreciation of the seriousness of events until very late in the day even though he had pleaded guilty to the offence

A man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl in a car parked in a field and then dumped her semi-naked at the side of the road near her home has b(...)

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