‘In my view there is not a proportionate relationship between the claims made and the constant hiking of insurance costs which are threatening livelihoods at this stage,’  Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan told the Seanad on Thursday. File photograph: James Forde

Insurance companies could reduce the cost of premiums and still make significant profits, the Seanad has been told. Minister for Justice Charlie Flan(...)

Celine Cawley, who was killed by her husband Eamonn Lillis. Photograph: Eric Luke

A proposed new law to block killers from inheriting assets from the estate of their victim “goes too far in stripping them of property and risks being(...)

It is 24 years since the Law Reform Commission first proposed the establishment of a Family Court division within our court system, and the proposal has been repeated since by judges, lawyers and all those at the coal-face of the family law system. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland is one of the only developed countries that does not have a specialist court dealing with family matters, including authorising the State to r(...)

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation chairperson  Judge Yvonne Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation is to seek an extension of one year before publishing its final report, which was due next mont(...)

The hulk of the ‘Betelgeuse’ lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island in Co Cork on January 9th, 1979. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Successive Irish governments have been accused by the son of a victim of the Whiddy Island disaster of treating Irish workers as second-class citizens(...)

Almost a quarter of the €27 million paid out by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal since 2013 was split between just five individuals. The t(...)

Brother of the late Anthony O’Mahony, Seamus (centre) leaves the Central Criminal Court   after Michael Ferris was sentenced to five years for the killing of Anthony O’Mahony (73) in  Co Kerry. Photo: Laura Hutton/Collins.

Provocation, a defence which judges have repeatedly said requires significant reform, is used in a quarter of all murder trials. Ireland is unique am(...)

An account of the collapse of the trial is being reviewed by the Cabinet and is likely to be published later today by the Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government is to strengthen the agency that oversees company law and investigates white collar crime, in part in response to the collapse of the t(...)

  Chief Justice Frank Clarke.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Only “bona fide journalists” and lawyers may report, message or tweet live from court cases, the Chief Justice has directed. The new practice directi(...)

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, president of the Law Reform Commission, which held its annual conference on Wednesday.

The State faces being isolated within EU law with the loss of a key ally following Brexit, but there are potentially thousands of jobs to be won if th(...)

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