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Calibrating the way in which we convert injuries to sums of money or offences to terms of imprisonment is crucial to broad acceptance of what happens in our courts. Photograph: Collins Courts

Predictions are risky. If they come true, they are rarely remembered unless they were quite radical. If they are within your own field and turn out to(...)

Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board chief executive Denis Egan will take early retirement at the end of September. Photograph: Caroline Norris/Inpho

The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) plans to advertise “shortly” for a new chief executive. The regulatory body’s current ceo, Denis Egan,(...)

The Oireachtas Golf Society dinner at the Station House Hotel in Clifden  took place at a time of strict Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The case against two prominent politicians and two hoteliers over their alleged role in organising a golf dinner during Covid restrictions last summer(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke, Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys and Judicial Council secretary Kevin O’Neill at the launch of the council’s annual report for 2020 at Green Street courthouse in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland

When a new judge is appointed, he or she receives an office and little else. There is no training, no induction course and no formal guidance on how t(...)

Chief Justice Frank Clarke. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Long-awaited ethical guidelines on the conduct and behaviour of judges are to be considered by the board of the Judicial Council this week. The counc(...)

Last month, CCI and more than 20 civil society organisations wrote to the Government calling on it to ‘treat the biodiversity crisis like a real emergency’. Photograph: Fran Veale

The Government’s credibility in addressing the biodiversity crisis has been called into question by Climate Case Ireland (CCI) because of a two-year d(...)

The Covid-19 public health measures introduced last year were reflected in the type of help sought in 2020 from Flac. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Covid-19 public health measures introduced last year were reflected in the type of help sought in 2020 from Flac, the free legal advice organisati(...)

The Chief Justice, Mr Frank Clarke, pictured shortly after his appointment to the position in 2017. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Environmental group Climate Case Ireland (CCI) has stepped up its campaign to have a constitutional right to a sustainable environment established. (...)

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell  says the maintenance of constitutional values requires the support of the population. File photograph:  Collins Courts

Judges are an easy target of populism, which increasingly casts the judiciary in the role of elites, because they “cannot and do not answer back”, the(...)

Former special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon was among the 12 solicitors to be granted ‘patents of precedence’ by the Government. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The former president of the Law Society, Stuart Gilhooly, and the former special rapporteur on child protection, Geoffrey Shannon, are among the lates(...)

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