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Garrett Sheehan   said Ireland’s automatic imposition of a life sentence for murder in all circumstances ‘absolutely needs to be looked at’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Juries conducting independent online research during criminal trials is a major problem, a retired senior judge has warned. Garrett Sheehan, who step(...)

Donál Toolan with Gordon Ryan (right): Donál’s warmth, capacity for friendship and great sense of fun was evident.
Obituary: Dónal Toolan
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  • April 29, 2017, 01:11

Dónal Toolan, a passionate campaigner for the rights of disabled people and a talented actor, presenter and journalist, has died aged 50. A gifted spe(...)

James Joyce House and Bridge  Usher's Island, Dublin.

The “dark gaunt house on Usher’s Island” – the setting of the James Joyce short story The Dead, is to go on sale. The Georgian house at 15 Usher’s Is(...)

‘Michael and Danny Healy Rae are a cringeworthy double act.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

We all have things that wind us up and, most of the time, our friends know what buttons to push to get a rise out of us. The other day, a friend of m(...)

‘One side wanted to enable young people and have their contribution to society and capabilities and enthusiasm recognised and their franchise extended.’ File photograph: Getty Images

The Seanad voted on Wednesday to delay a Bill seeking to reduce the voting age in local and European elections to 16. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael co-o(...)

David Norris: “Now we have to fob in, but the Ministers who started this, they don’t have to fob in. It is demeaning to be treated like cattle.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sometimes it’s too easy. Sometimes you should just walk away. But it’s difficult, particularly when some Senators are complaining about not getting (...)

David Norris said it was time Senators asserted their dignity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Members of the Oireachtas are being treated like “cattle’’ and are subject to ridiculous restrictions on allowances, Independent Senator David Norris(...)

Peter Mathews:  August 14th 1951 to  February 27th 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Obituary: Peter Mathews

Former Fine Gael and Independent TD Peter Mathews, who has died aged 65 years, was an outspoken and controversial politician who had little time for t(...)

 Brendan McGahon:  November 22nd, 1936-February 9th, 2017. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh
Obituary: Brendan McGahon
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  • February 11, 2017, 06:05

Brendan McGahon was one of the most colourful and outspoken TDs of recent decades but he was also a man of enormous courage who risked his safety and (...)

Brendan McGahon:  “In 10 to 20 years brothers will be marrying sisters because of the dreadful problems in society today.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Brendan McGahon was part of a political tribe now vanished from public life in Ireland. He was a self-confessed Fine Gael “law and order man” who ha(...)

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