A gallows and saloon in an old American western town.  Social media is  the wild west of electioneering

Social media is not bad in itself, just like the telephone or television or email isn’t in itself bad. But the way it has come to be used by some peop(...)

Dylan Collins  leaving Dublin Circuit Court. Photograph: Collins

A man who admitted throwing a rock through the rear window of a Garda car at a water charges protest in Tallaght in 2014 has been given a suspended se(...)

Former minister James Reilly. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Another case linked to water protesting has failed in court. Charges against Regina Ward (49) from Balbriggan, Co Dublin, who had been charged with a(...)

Legislation which will be published on Tuesday would see responsibility for online content shifted back on to tech giants rather that the person who posts the content.

Social media companies could face the prospect of unlimited fines if they fail to remove posts which risk prejudicing criminal trials. Legislation wh(...)

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(...)

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