Michael D Higgins gets a standing ovation at his inauguration at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

At his inauguration for a second term on Sunday evening, President Michael D Higgins said “ideas matter” and “history tells us that anti-intellectuali(...)

Malachai O’Hara and Michael McCartan have been living together for three years and want to be able to “take the next natural stage”.

Michael McCartan and Malachai O’Hara from north Belfast want to get married for a very simple reason. It is that they love each other and feel they sh(...)

The final step in the marriage referendum saga will take place on November 16th, when Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald signs the (...)

Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan of the High Court: one of nine judges appointed to the new Court of Appeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Court of Appeal is due to be established today, setting off a round of judicial appointments and a major shake-up of the courts system. The signin(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

The Four Courts in Dublin. The High Court has lost a number of prominent judges recently and will be further depleted within months. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

More than 15 vacancies are expected to arise on the superior courts in the coming months, giving the Government a rare opportunity to reshape key part(...)

Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter speaking at the Central Count Centre at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A court of appeal will be established next year after the proposal was approved by a clear majority.Some 65 per cent voted Yes in the referendum to cr(...)

What injects energy into public discussion, raises awareness and encourages voting is strong, articulate argument on each side of the debate. Photograph: Frank Miller

Arguments for and against the proposal to abolish the Seanad have been made vigorously in recent weeks. Discussion on the proposal to establish a cour(...)

Alan Shatter: had 

a strained relationship with the judiciary

What is the Court of Appeal referendum about? It has been overshadowed by the debate on the abolition of the Seanad, but there’s a second referendum t(...)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Susan Denham. Photograph:  Pat Langan

The proposal to establish a court of appeal is a response to a chronic bottleneck at the apex of the courts system. At its root is a simple problem(...)

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