Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission member Salome Mbugua: “We need as a society to ensure that in our communities and country, racism has no safe harbour, no resting place.” Photograph:  Maxwell’s

The UN has called for Ireland to adopt a new national action plan against racism and to phase out direct provision as part of a series of recommendati(...)

 Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: he described direct provision as a source of “shame”

Ireland’s direct provision system is in need of “fundamental and ambitious reform” or complete replacement, an Oireachtas committee report has found. (...)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the review had found that the current legislation is “too onerous” for children aged 16 and 17 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New legislation will make it easier for teenagers between the ages of 16 and 17 to change gender legally. Currently 16- and 17-year-olds have to go(...)

Children are often used as pawns by parents fighting over maintenance payments. Photograph: iStock

When father-of-two David moved out of the family home, he agreed with his ex-wife to pay half the bills and the shopping for their young children. But(...)

Between 2006 and 2017, the number of claims awarded rocketed by 127 per cent and the value of these claims soared by 174 per cent

While it has been in the headlines of late, the issue of rising personal injury claims and their impact on insurance premiums – and thus on businesses(...)

An environmental group has been given leave to judicially review a decision by the Legal Aid Board to refuse to consider funding for their legal chall(...)

 Geoffrey Shannon, the State’s special rapporteur on child protection. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State has a “Rolls Royce system” for commercial law but when it comes to family law, there is “an impoverished system”, the special rapporteur on (...)

Barriers to justice damage the very fabric of society, “entrenching and exacerbating inequality”, President Michael D Higgins said this week at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

An effective legal system is a basic tenet of a functioning democracy, but no legal system can be effective unless every citizen has access to it. Tha(...)

Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin. The average fees paid to one of the top 10 earning solicitors’ firms, including VAT, came to €473,417 in 2018. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fees paid under the State’s criminal-legal aid system rose by more than 11.5 per cent last year, with almost €65 million paid out to solicitors and ba(...)

The Minister had applied to the Supreme Court for leave to appeal a decision of the Court of Appeal last June. Photograph: iStock

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform over a decision overturning the award of a contract (...)

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