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 Work continues at the site of the World Meeting of Families  Mass at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, at which Pope Francis will be the chief celebrant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The cost of the 32-hour visit to Ireland of Pope Francis is expected to compute at about €1 million an hour. “This is bigger than the Queen, bigger t(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: unhappy with how poor box system is being administered and believes it has “no longer a fit place in justice administration”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Defendants have paid almost €7.5 million in fines to court poor boxes since 2014 instead of receiving a criminal conviction, Minister for Justice Char(...)

The recent appointment of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris from outside of the force will not, in itself, improve management abilities or transform Garda culture.

Reports from the Policing Authority this week have identified failures in management, imagination and appetite for change within the Garda Síochána an(...)

Lecturer in law at NUI Galway Tom O’Malley has been asked to assess the legal protection offered to complainants in sexual assault trials.

The Minister for Justice has appointed an independent person to examine all aspects of sexual assault trials. Charlie Flanagan has asked lecturer in (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan set out a new system under which asylum seekers apply to the Department of Justice for work permits. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is more than a year since the Supreme Court deemed the ban on asylum seekers joining the workforce as unconstitutional. Before this, Ireland was o(...)

The Department of Justice estimates that some 3,000 of the more than 5,300 people in the direct provision system will benefit from the work permit changes. Photograph: Rory O’Neill

More than 500 asylum seekers, some 10 per cent of the total number of people living in direct provision, have been granted work permits under a system(...)

 Lisa Lawlor with her parents Maureen and Francis, who were both killed in the Stardust tragedy in 1981. Ms Lawlor, 38, who was just 17-months-old when her parents died, has given her support to a call for a new inquest for the first time. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

Nobody in authority wants to know how the victims of the Stardust nightclub fire were killed, relatives of some of those who died in the blaze 37 year(...)

Mary Lou McDonald: she said that if there was to be a hard Brexit next year the British government would have to hold a Border poll.  Photograph: PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Labour and the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, have questioned the abrupt U-turn on a Border poll made by the S(...)

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of the charges

A man accused of publicly identifying the complainant in the trial of rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding is to be charged with breaching he(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan have declined to get involved in the case of Dr Bassam Naser, who was jailed for 16 months in June  after pleaded guilty to tax evasion. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said supporters and patients of the jailed Howth physician, Dr Bassam Naser, should urge him to appeal his sentence throug(...)

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