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Children at the al-Hawl  camp, which is saturated by civilians fleeing Baghouz, the last pocket in Syria held by Islamic State. Photograph: Laurence Geai/Le Monde

Unlike many western European countries, the State has taken a relatively benign approach to the question of what to do with jihadists returning from S(...)

Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern before boarding the Government Jet at Casement Aerodrome in April 2008 with Lisa Smith on the extreme right. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins, Dublin

An Irish woman, suspected of involvement with Islamic State in Syria, cannot legally be stripped of her citizenship, security and justice sources say.(...)

Of the 13 prison officers who retired due to injuries incurred while on duty, four had been based in Cork Prison, two in Portlaoise maximum-security Prison and two in Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than €6 million has been paid out in compensation to prison officers in personal injury claims over the last three years, according to the Minist(...)

Lisa Smith on the extreme right of picture as then taoiseach Bertie Ahern thanks members of the Aer Corps before boarding the Government jet in 2008. Photograph: Collins Dublin

It is tempting to equate the case of Dundalk woman Lisa Smith with that of Shamima Begum, the London teenager who ran away to join Islamic State when (...)

Differences among Ministers have reportedly emerged about whether the referendum should be introduced, based on an apparent urban/rural divide. Photograph: iStock

Legislation to allow for a referendum on the waiting time for a divorce will be introduced in the Dáil this month. Minister for Justice Charlie Flana(...)

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) paid €130,127 for a total of 42 prisoners to enrol in Open University courses in 2017, while both the number of participants and the cost increased to 45 and €133,344 respectively last year. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish Prison Service has spent more than €260,000 on Open University courses for 87 inmates to study while they served custodial sentences in the (...)

  Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern   before boarding the Government Jet  at Casement Aerodrome in April 2008 with Lisa Smith on the extreme right. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The Irish woman detained in Syria on suspicion of association with Islamic State has been identified as Lisa Smith, a 38-year-old former Defence Force(...)

US president Donald Trump picks up a bowl of shamrocks in the White House on St Patrick’s Day last year as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US vice-president Mike Pence look on. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Rituals matter. Next week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will present a bowl of shamrock to US president Donald Trump in the White House, continuing a tradi(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: was “quite confident” the increasing numbers of new gardaí could be deployed appropriately, including along the Border in light of Brexit. Photo Garrett White/Collins

The closure of numerous Garda stations and Defence Forces barracks since the Troubles ended will not impede the State’s ability to police the Border, (...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the motive behind the act was still “unclear.” File Photograph: Eric Luke

Three incendiary devices sent in packages from the Republic to London transport hubs, was described as a “sinister act” by Minister for Justice Charli(...)

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