In almost every regard the Irish system fails to meet standards articulated in a number of recent judgments by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. Photograph: iStock

It’s not every day that a Minister for Justice issues a report describing their department as operating a universal, indiscriminate and illegal system(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter: ‘The news is confused’

Former Fine Gael minister for justice Alan Shatter surprised the audience of the RTÉ Claire Byrne Live television show on Monday night when he recited(...)

Catherine Nevin (centre). File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Can Catherine Nevin’s conviction for the murder of her husband Tom be used by his relatives to disinherit her? Does the word “unborn” in the Constitut(...)

A number of referendums will be put to voters in Ireland over the next few years. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Over the next two years a series of potential amendments to the Constitution will be put to voters for consideration. The most significant and funda(...)

Former Garda ombudsman  Conor Brady has called for radical reform of the force. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former Garda ombudsman Conor Brady has said the appointment of a new Garda Commissioner will make little difference to the problems in the force, call(...)

Minister of State for Equality David Stanton, who highlighted Ireland’s ‘strong’ human rights record in his opening address before the UN Committee Against Torture.

Ireland, for all its faults, is not a country normally associated with the practice of torture. The very appearance, therefore, of a Government deleg(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter’s reference during a television interview to Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace allegedly being cautioned by(...)

Maurice McCabe  at the Charleton tribunal in  Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

“There was a lot of bad blood apparently in Bailieboro,” was one of the standout sentences from the testimony this week at the Charleton tribunal. It(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter said on RTÉ’s ‘Prime Time’ that Independent TD Mick Wallace was allegedly cautioned by gardaí for using a mobile phone while driving

Alan Shatter’s disclosure of information about Mick Wallace on RTÉ’s Prime Time did not breach data protection laws because the information was “in hi(...)

Crime journalist Paul Williams at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The veteran crime journalist Paul Williams told the Charleton tribunal that he was never briefed negatively about the Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice (...)