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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(...)

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(...)

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