The research is likely to play a significant role in the ongoing debate on the decriminalisation of cannabis and other drugs in Ireland. Photograph: David Bebber/Reuters

There is no link between the strictness of Ireland’s drug laws and teenage cannabis use, according to a new study. The international study, which app(...)

The Liberal Democrats’ gains in London and Scotland were tempered by notable losses, including former leader Nick Clegg. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A failed gamble, a hung parliament, a lost Conservative majority, a surge in Labour support, a boost of confidence for a divisive leader, Ulster union(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: under pressure over high-level garda briefing

Leading Opposition figures and academics have said significant questions remain surroundi(...)