Alan Shatter

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Reflecting on 2014 and what he might have done differently, Alan Shatter says he is ‘not sure what I could have done to change what happened’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘You have very few real friends in politics’. Former minister for justice says he will never fully get over circumstances that led to departure fro(...)

The Chief Justice, Frank Clarke, must ask all judges with a ‘connected party’ relationship to withdraw from a remote meeting of the Judicial Council, which is to consider a draft report on personal injury awards, said Isme CEO Neil McDonnell. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A meeting of judges to consider proposed new guidelines to reduce general damages awards for many personal injuries is expected to be delayed until ne(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Paul McAuliffe:   ‘[...] I wasn’t prepared for the cynical approach to politics which you’re subjected to.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Perceptions of time have changed for many in the past year due to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on so much of life in Ireland. It might no(...)

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh: like something out of a Le Carré novel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

This time of year, things usually go a bit mad around Leinster House. Political parties throw parties, the restaurant is heaving, the bar gets busy an(...)

Former Fine Gael minister for justice Alan Shatter. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former Fine Gael minister for justice Alan Shatter has expressed his disappointment that the Taoiseach did not this week apologise fully for the damag(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the paragraphs removed were conclusions in relation to Alan  Shatter which the Supreme Court ruled were outside the scope of Mr Guerin’s terms of reference.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A redacted version of the controversial report that led to the resignation of then minister for justice Alan Shatter in 2014, has been placed in the O(...)

Some of the people worst served by the legal system are lawyers themselves, especially younger entrants or those who wish to join its ranks but find themselves facing insuperable obstacles. Photograph: Alan Betson

If one were to start from first principles and design a system for the provision of legal services from scratch today, it’s safe to say that it would (...)

 Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe has deferred a meeting with the Chief Justice on three occasions. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A scheduled meeting between Mr Justice Séamus Woulfe of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice, Frank Clarke, was cancelled on Thursday after the Chi(...)

In Ireland, 380,000 people have asthma and 890,000 people will suffer from the condition at some stage of their lives. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Thirty years ago, Ireland was a different country environmentally. The annual winter shrouding of Dublin with thick smog – grimly accepted by most a(...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly: He was just 12 when his father took him to the Four Courts. He was  smitten by the drama and characters. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Mr Justice Peter Kelly retires this week as president of the High Court, the first time the word retiring has been marked against his name in a career(...)

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