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(...)

Nóirín O’Sullivan: “The last Garda commissioner was in and out to so many public forums that she wasn’t able to do her job,” according to Dermot Ahern. Photograph: Alan Betson

In her resignation statement, on Sunday, Nóirín O’Sullivan lamented that the job she was leaving had essentially become about “responding to an unendi(...)

Had the Garda decided to prosecute actor Stephen Fry for blasphemy – and in truth no-one believes there was really any prospect that they would do so (...)

In 2009,  discussing the issue of blasphemy and the law, then minister for justice Dermot Ahern said: “As a republican, my personal position is that church and State should be separate.” File photograph: Getty Images

In May 2009, at the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, then Fine Gael justice spokesman Charlie Flanagan was clear. Blasphemy provisions in the Defamati(...)

Stephen Fry: “The God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac.”

The blasphemy law is “silly, a little embarrassing and needs to be changed,” according to Minister for Health Simon Harris. Mr Harris also said he wo(...)

Steve Fitzpatrick, General secretary of the Communications Workers Union. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a whiff of belligerence around the industrial relations scene these days. Trade unions and companies in myriad sectors from transport to reta(...)

Haughey family members including Seán Haughey (left) and Ciarán Haughey (right) escort the remains of Maureen Haughey at her funeral at Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Maureen Haughey (91), who died on St Patrick’s Day, used to joke that her late father, former taoiseach Seán Lemass, could never pronounce the word lo(...)

A terrace complete with homage to manager Stephen Kenny at Oriel Park.  Photograph: Eric Luke

There are many stories about how bad the bad old days got at Dundalk FC. Some are probably apocryphal, but all are plausible. What is certainly true(...)

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at her inauguration in Taipei in  May.  Taiwan celebrates what it calls its National Day on October 10th. Ireland does not maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Photograph: Ashley Pon/Getty Images

Government Ministers have been advised not to attend any celebrations marking the Taiwanese national day. The Department of Foreign Affairs has issu(...)

Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter, former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan and the Department of Justice handled complaints made by whistlebl(...)