Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, seen here with Garda  Commissioner Drew Harris, said the Cabinet had decided that a ‘penal provision’ around house gatherings of more than six guests ‘would be an extreme measure, particularly around entering somebody’s home.’ Photograph: Collins

Proposals for criminal penalties for people organising house parties, quickly rejected by Cabinet on Friday, raised “concerns” over how Government dec(...)

Housing activists have been removed from a Dublin city centre property that they had been occupying for the last three weeks. Photograph: Jack Power

Politicians and civil liberties groups have criticised An Garda Síochána after a group of balaclava-wearing men evicted housing activists from a prope(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says public services card is now mandatory to access payments from her department.

An advocacy group for older people has expressed concern at comments by Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty that a public services card is n(...)

 Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland, Evelyn Geraghty Irish Family Planning Association, Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Katrine Thomasen, legal adviser for Europe for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Niamh Allen of National Women’s Council of Ireland and Ailbhe Smyth, convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment at a press conference. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The Government must urgently commit to “substantial legislative and constitutional change” in response to a UN finding that the State should amend the(...)

A demonstration outside Government Buildings in April seeking the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government will face questions from other UN member states in Geneva next week on its plans to deal with the State’s “restrictive” abortion regime(...)

The new DNA database will be operational from next Friday.

Gardaí will be permitted to take bodily samples such as hair and saliva from crime suspects from later this month for a new DNA database. Minister fo(...)

Clare Daly TD told an event organised by the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment: “It is the political establishment that is the key barrier to the change that is necessary and wanted on this issue.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Abortion rights is an election issue try as the Government might to avoid it, socialist TD Clare Daly has said. Ms Daly was reacting to comments made(...)

Under Irish law,  it is an offence if a third party records a phone call without authorisation

Taping and recording of phone calls in Garda stations could have serious implications for data protection and(...)