Paul Kiernan, Keith Preston, Declan Kane, Antoinette Kane,Tommy Kelly and Peter Herbert at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after the charges against them  were dropped. Photograph: Collins Courts

Comments by the judge in the Jobstown trial earlier this year about the reliability of garda evidence heavily influenced the decision to drop almost a(...)

Marion Herbert, Stephanie Laffan, Lorraine Kane and Lisa Murphy-Maher. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The past three years, since the Jobstown anti-water charges protest, have been “hell” for the families of those charged over the incident, according t(...)

A draft discussion paper on guidelines on the use of social media in the courts will be sent this week to the presidents of all the courts

The upcoming trial of people facing charges over water charge protests held in Jobstown three years ago will be contested in court and not on social m(...)

Solidarity TD Paul Murphy is one of the high-profile parties to have been granted legal aid in the recent past. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State’s Criminal Legal Aid Scheme ran €5 million over its allocated budget last year. The total expenditure was €53 million, with an allocated bu(...)

Independent TDs such as Mick Wallace have shown that you can win votes by using using Dáil privilege to raise issues of public concern. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Just before the close of the last century I worked briefly as a political reporter in Leinster House. Part of the job involved sitting in the press ga(...)

Paul Murphy at a press conference calling for a public inquiry into the Jobstown investigation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The home page of Solidarity’s website this week was dominated by a large photograph of Paul Murphy, the Dublin TD acquitted last week on charges of fa(...)

Eamon Dunphy and Paul Murphy during a Solidarity rally for a left alternative at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“First of all a confession: I was once a member of the PDs,” Eamon Dunphy told a rally in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre on Sunday. It was a strange openin(...)

Ken Purcell  is charged, with others,  with falsely imprisoning Joan Burton during an anti-water charges protest three years ago. Photograph: Collins

A Garda has told a court he was hit in the head with a can of Red Bull while moving former Tánaiste Joan Burton through the crowd at an anti-water cha(...)

Karen O’Connell at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins

A former Labour Party adviser has rejected a suggestion that video clips taken at the Jobstown protest in 2014 show an atmosphere at odds with her evi(...)

Former tánaiste Joan Burton TD at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Collins

Former tánaiste Joan Burton has denied she left out any reference to “water protesters” in her statement to gardaí because she wanted to make the prot(...)