The Cullen judgment made clear any individual Garda is fully entitled, ‘and may well be obliged’, to apply handcuffs to an arrested person where the Garda genuinely believes that is necessary in the particular case.

Three men who sought to stop their separate trials on drink driving charges because of the circumstances in which they were handcuffed by gardaí have (...)

Claire Loftus, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Up until very recently, almost the entire Irish justice and law enforcement structure was headed up by women. Susan Denham, Nóirín O’Sullivan, Máire (...)

A Nigerian family of four face immediate deportation following a Supreme Court ruling. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A Nigerian family of four face immediate deportation after failing to convince the Supreme Court that the order for their deportation was defective be(...)

The Supreme Court is satisfied  the commencement of  District Court criminal proceedings against Mary Kelly and Declan Buckley was an abuse of process and quashed  summonses taken out by hotelier Patrick Halpin. File photograph: Collins Courts

Dublin hotelier Patrick Halpin’s bid to privately prosecute two employees of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation for alleged deception was motivated(...)

Three vacancies on the High Court bench were advertised last week -– and a number of other openings are due to arise on the superior courts over the c(...)

Eight judges currently sit on the Supreme Court, and two more – Judges Mary Laffoy and Elizabeth Dunne – have been nominated by the Government and are due to be sworn in later this month.

The Government plans to halve the size of the Supreme Court to five judges if the proposal to establish a court of appeal is approved by referendum to(...)

What injects energy into public discussion, raises awareness and encourages voting is strong, articulate argument on each side of the debate. Photograph: Frank Miller

Arguments for and against the proposal to abolish the Seanad have been made vigorously in recent weeks. Discussion on the proposal to establish a cour(...)

High Court judge High Court  Elizabeth Dunne who has been nominated to chair the Referendum Commission for the autumn ballot on a Court of Appeal.

High Court judge Elizabeth Dunne has been nominated to chair the Referendum Commission for the autumn ballot on a Court of Appeal. Judge Dunne, who wa(...)

Ambassador Philip McDonagh: “These assets belong to a nationalised bank and ultimately they belong to the Irish government and every Irish person”.

Philip McDonagh, Ireland’s Ambassador to Russia, has said recovering assets related to the Quinn family may help trade relations between the tw(...)