Erika Browne  and Paula Kearney who addressed the conference Inside Out: the Human Rights Implications of Imprisonment, at the Law Society, Dublin, at the weekend.

The damage caused to women and children when mothers are sent to prison is “enormous”, a former drug abuser and convicted shop lifter told a human rig(...)

Joan Deane said she and her family found it very difficult to deal with the loss of Russell while also dealing with a prosecution system that gave them little voice and little support. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A woman whose son was killed after three men broke into her home told a conference on imprisonment and human rights at the weekend that the defence at(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has “finally started to enter a more positive space” in relation to prisoner numbers, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan,(...)

“The Criminal Courts of Justice has video screens on many surfaces but the desks are still stacked high with brown folders containing case files which are lugged into court on hand trolleys.” File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

“Where’s the wi-fi?” It’s a common question from first time visitors to the Criminal Courts of Justice - the €140 million centrepiece of Ireland’s c(...)

Ireland has the lowest number of judges per head of population in the EU. Photograph: Alan Betson

High Court judges are taking longer to reach decisions in cases, with some judgments being delayed for several years, latest figures show. After the (...)

Legislation forcing people selling their homes to pay their Irish Water bills is still in place even though the charges have been abolished and the ut(...)

The public is entitled to know the names of judges who are reprimanded for misconduct under proposed legislation, Opposition parties have said. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The public is entitled to know the names of judges who are reprimanded for misconduct under proposed legislation, Opposition parties have said. Fiann(...)

The Law Society of Ireland has already appealed the inclusion of its vacant site on Benburb Street to An Bord Pleanála. Photograph: Eric Luke

Seventy sites worth more than €220 million, which could accommodate thousands of homes, have been entered on Dublin City Council’s register of vacant (...)

Chief Justice: Ms Justice Susan Denham is retiring after six years in the role. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Cabinet is expected to nominate the next chief justice at its final planned meeting before the summer recess on Wednesday. There had been concer(...)

Dara Ó Briain: 'On a spectrum from ranting and raving to urbanely quippy, I would hope in real life I’m more like the latter.' Photograph: Alan Betson

A man goes to the doctor and says he’s depressed. The doctor says, “Why don’t you go see the great clown Pagliacci? He’s in town tonight. That’ll chee(...)