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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 1st, 2011

Osama bin Laden was able to live in Pakistan undetected for nine years because of a breathtaking scale of negligence and incompetence, a leaked report(...)

Eighteen per cent of High Court and Supreme Court judges interviewed for a 2004 study believed their political connections had an influence on their appointment. “It would be naive to think politics wouldn’t be a factor, but I think it’s less of a factor nowadays than it was,” says one judge.

It may not be a word that crops up very often when Supreme Court judges convene to decide a case. In some lawyers’ shorthand, it signifies a world (...)

Taoiseach Enda  Kenny has said  the Government cannot “unpick” the Supreme Court decision in the X case that related to suicide ideation because to do so would be unconstitutional. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said categorically the decision to include suicide risk in the Government’s abortion legislation will not be revisited, sendi(...)

John Dunon: accused of murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan

The trial of Limerick man John Dundon for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan has been adjourned for at least two weeks because of the hospital(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland

A senior Vatican prelate, Irish-American Cardinal Raymond Burke, advised Mass-goers in Cork yesterday not to be discouraged from living “faithful Chri(...)

Mrs Justice Susan Denham, who has been Chief Justice since 2011, dissented in six cases. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Put a group of experienced judges with strong views, formidable advocacy skills and a lifetime of accumulated prejudices into a room. Ask them to make(...)

It was late October 2000, and opinion was split around the cabinet table. In a landmark ruling a few weeks previously, the High Court had decided that(...)

Susan Denham, Chief Justice since 2011, dissented in six cases during the five years covered by the study. Photograph: Pat Langan

Supreme Court judges disagreed among themselves on one in five constitutional cases over the past five years.An analysis by The Irish Times of all jud(...)

Former Supreme Court  judge Hugh O’Flaherty: ‘They’re all talking about the X case, but in effect the X case is moot because the girl didn’t have an abortion. She had a miscarriage.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One of the Supreme Court judges who decided the landmark X case on abortion has said the judgment is “moot” and may not be binding on Government. Hugh(...)

The judges of the Supreme Court: top row, from left, Susan Denham, the chief justice, Frank Clarke, Liam McKechnie and Donal O’Donnell. Bottom row, from left, Nial Fennelly, Adrian Hardiman, John Mac Menamin and John Murray. Illustrations: Eoin Coveney
One court. Eight voices

Susan DenhamChief Justice Susan Denham became the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court when she was appointed in 1992, just a year after she was ma(...)

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