Peter Casey has refused to acknowledge Travellers as a separate ethnic group. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has condemned comments about Travellers by the presidential candidate Peter Casey, and said that he hopes voters will use the e(...)

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon said the church believed the constitutional reference to blasphemy was “largely obsolete”. Photograph: Cian Reinhardt

The Church of Ireland is supporting the removal of the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution in the referendum taking place later this month. Bi(...)

Director of Equate  Michael Barron with Minister for Education Richard Bruton at a school admissions seminar organised by Equate last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A civil society group which lobbied in favour of removing the so-called Baptism barrier from Irish schools says a campaign of “groundless” complaints (...)

ICCL director Liam Herrick: “One of the key challenges will be to put in place effective independent oversight processes to monitor national security policing.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The appointment of a former PSNI officer as Garda commissioner should coincide with the introduction of effective oversight procedures for national se(...)

 Aileen Donnelly. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly, the High Court judge criticised by Polish media this week after raising concerns regarding the country’s legal system, is (...)

Former Supreme Court justice Donal Barrington who has died aged 89. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former Supreme Court justice Donal Barrington, one of his generation’s foremost experts in constitutional law, has died at the age of 89. He attended(...)

Emily Logan,  chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission:  the commission will discuss concerns among civil society groups about Ireland’s electoral funding laws.  Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Foreign donations from legitimate organisations to Irish human rights campaigning groups should not necessarily have to be returned, Emily Logan, the (...)

Fianna Fáil Dublin West TD Jack Chambers said the Government was proposing a 200-fold funding increase for yet another “bureaucratic quango”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has had to rely on the support of Sinn Féin to narrowly defeat an Opposition effort to remove a highly contentious provision in its new(...)

Experts in data protection, legal commentators and the Irish Council of Civil Liberties have expressed concern about the card and the seemingly growing necessity for it to access public services, some essential for people’s everyday lives.

The Public Service Card is not compulsory for all citizens. It is, however, mandatory for collecting welfare payments, sitting a driver theory test a(...)

Under the Criminal Justice Act, DNA samples can be collected from crime scenes and stored indefinitely. Photograph: iStock

Forensic investigators are able to match crime scene DNA to a suspect 20 per cent of the time using Ireland’s new DNA database, the head the forensic (...)

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