Fiona Gartland

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 Fiona Gartland with husband Paul and children Rose, Katie, Jeni and Paul jnr at the launch of her book, In the Court’s Hands,  in Hodges and Figgis on Dawson Street, Dublin on Friday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer for The Irish Times

There is an adage in literature that one should “write what you know”, an approach exemplified by Fiona Gartland, who launched her debut novel yesterd(...)

Under the judicial council system proposed for Ireland, every inquiry would be held in private, bar in exceptional circumstances. Photograph: iStockPhoto

The proposal to set up a judicial council comes following pressure from the Council of Europe, which has long called for an independent body with a co(...)

The public is entitled to know the names of judges who are reprimanded for misconduct under proposed legislation, Opposition parties have said. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The public is entitled to know the names of judges who are reprimanded for misconduct under proposed legislation, Opposition parties have said. Fiann(...)

Former artistic dirctor of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan claimed that the 2015 production of Romeo and Juliet (above) was so poorly attended that “we’ll be paying for it for two years”. Photograph:  Pat Redmond

There’s no accounting for taste, goes the old adage. But in the recent Bonnar Keenlyside report into the Gate Theatre, there is something like an audi(...)

The child protection rapporteur says new legislation is overdue to address “geographical injustice” in the care of children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has approved new regulations for court-appointed guardians, known as guardians ad litem. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Kath(...)

Members of the Loreto order outside the convent on St Stephen’s Green as the bodies of the fire victims were being removed. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

The OPW considered suing the Loreto Order after a fire killed six nuns at a convent in Dublin city centre. On June 2nd, 1986,a fire broke out at the (...)

Phil Lynott, lead singer  Thin Lizzy,  died on January 4th, 1986. He was 35. Photograph:  Eric Luke

– Phil Lynott, lead singer with Irish rock band Thin Lizzy (below), died on January 4th. He was 35 years old.–Jennifer Guinness, wife of Guinness Maho(...)

Eight months before a woman was diagnosed with cervical cancer at Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, a scan showed abnormality in her cervix, a Medical Council  committee has been told. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Eight months before an 80-year-old woman was diagnosed with cervical cancer at Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, a scan showed abnormality in her (...)

 Sonia Akpeuwe Ndukaire and Edmund Chimezie Ndukaire, originally from Nigeria, celebrate Edmund’s Irish citizenship at  the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 2,000 people gathered at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Friday to become the State’s newest citizens. Since the citizenship ceremonies (...)

Senator Michael McDowell: former attorney general and minister for justice has   endorsed motion    from two other Independent Senators. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

A Seanad motion calling for the introduction of legislation for a judicial council, has been endorsed by former attorney general and minister for jus(...)

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