Jim O Callaghan

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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said supports included a free, confidential counselling service for prison staff to help officers resolve personal or work-related concerns. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost 60 prison officers are on long-term sick leave from the Irish Prison Service for stress or injury due to assault in the State’s 12 prisons and (...)

A general view of the  Four Courts. The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill has completed the second stage of committee hearing despite concerns the new body for selecting judges may lack transparency. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill has completed the second stage of committee hearing despite concerns the new body for selecting judges may l(...)

Down Syndrome Ireland called for  an end to “exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome to promote campaign views”.

All sides in the abortion referendum debate must “stop exploiting children and adults with Down syndrome” the main representative group for people and(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will ask the Cabinet to consider a number of options including how it can distance the State from the 1985 report of the tribunal into the Kerry babies case. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government will today consider the possibility of offering compensation to Joanne Hayes, the woman at the centre of the Kerry babies controversy. (...)

Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring: the chairwoman of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is seeking additional funding and independence from the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Resistance within the Department of Justice and the Garda Síochána to transparency and comprehensive policing reforms are responsible for the inabilit(...)

Professor Fergal Malone said his experience as a doctor showed it was “not a given” that parents will opt for a termination if their unborn child is to be born with a chromosomal abnormality such as Down syndrome. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

It is a “fallacy and a myth” to suggest that a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome leads automatically to abortion, the master of the Rotunda Hospital(...)

Funeral of Donal Barrington pictured at St. Patrick’s Church, Monkstown Co Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The former Supreme Court judge, Donal Barrington, saw the Constitition as a living, breathing document that respected the human rights of all, his fun(...)

Jason Clancy, who triggered a Garda investigation into abuse by Bill Kenneally (above), said a statement by Minister for Justice Charlie  Flanagan that he cannot allow a commission of investigation to begin on legal advice was very disappointing.  File photograph: Patrick Browne

Survivors of Waterford sex abuser Bill Kenneally have called on Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to outline what contingency plan he has regardin(...)

Yosuke Sasaki died following a knife attack in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Facebook

Gardaí have found no evidence that yesterday’s attack by an Egyptian teenager is related to terrorism. And it has said that in the wake of the attack(...)

Gardaí examine a sealed-off scene at Seatown, Dundalk, Co Louth, near the scene of a fatal attack on Avenue Road on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Security sources caution against reading too much, too early into the Dundalk attacks, but all agreed that it falls into a well-worn pattern, whateve(...)

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