A large security presence outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin earlier this year. In 2016, when the second Special Criminal Court began operation, its judges dealt with 60 offences or alleged offences. That dropped to 54 in 2017 and 51 last year. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The second Special Criminal Court, which was established amid controversy three years ago, is to be wound down due to falling case numbers. The non-j(...)

The Facebook appeal will address issues including whether there is any entitlement in the first place to appeal a reference to the CJEU. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook’s unprecedented Supreme Court appeal aimed at halting a referral to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) concerning the validity of EU-US dat(...)

 File image of a woman in a niqab receiving a phone call  in Meaux, east of Paris, France. File photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The UN Human Rights Committee said on Tuesday that France’s ban on the niqab, the full-face Islamic veil, was a violation of human rights and called o(...)

A copy of the Amnesty International Report 2017/18. Photograph: Reuters

Increasing homelessness, conditions in direct provision centres, sex workers’ rights and restrictions on women’s and girls’ reproductive rights are am(...)

The report has been published days before the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment is due to make recommendations on the State’s abortion laws. Photograph: Getty.

A new report published by the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights has questioned Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws. The report, ‘Wome(...)

Outside the Department of the Taoiseach in 2015, over 80 suitcases signify the number of women who travel to the UK to access a safe and legal abortion. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government has paid €30,000 in compensation to a woman who travelled to the UK for an abortion after a diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality. Sio(...)

 Cora Sherlock: the Pro Life Campaign said the UN’s disability committee’s views were “welcome news”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Two influential United Nations bodies have disagreed sharply over whether abortion should be allowed in countries such as Ireland in cases where there(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has stressed his desire to see a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Constitution next year. Mr Harris (...)

Tests in the National Maternity Hospital confirmed  Siobhan Whelan’s baby  suffered from Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome), which she was told was ‘incompatible with life’. Photograph: The Irish Times

A United Nations committee has found Ireland violated the human rights of a woman who had to travel to Britain for an abortion after her baby was diag(...)

TDs Ruth Coppinger and Mick Barry hold signs saying “Separate church and state” during Dáil prayers. Photograph: RTÉ/Oireachtas TV

Ireland urgently needs to separate church and State, to protect equally everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. The recent census showed t(...)

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