The seven-judge court’s decision on the appeal, which opens on February 21st, may affect the wording of this summer’s referendum on repeal of the Eighth Amendment

A team of six barristers – five women and one man – will represent the State in this month’s Supreme Court appeal potentially involving the courts’ (...)

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said the children’s rights constitutional amendment should apply to  the unborn.  Photograph: Derek Bromhall/Photolibrary

It seems inevitable either the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court will be asked to define the rights of the unborn in a context where the State seem(...)

There are apparently conflicting High Court decisions on the extent of the constitutional rights of the ‘unborn’.

The State is seeking to appeal a key High Court finding that the word “unborn” in the Constitution means an “unborn child” entitled to a range of rig(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone at Leinster House  in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has taken note of a judgment by a High Court judge last month that the rights of the unborn extend beyond the right to life, Minister f(...)

Mother’s failed application for refugee status led to appeal being rejected. Photograph: Reuters

The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal on behalf of a four-year-old girl who it was claimed would be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) i(...)

The office of the Garda Ombudsman Commission on Dublin’s Upper Abbey Street. Photograph:  Collins

An investigation ordered by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has been unable to establish the source of a leak to a newspaper that repor(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: has her eyes fixed on securing the job on a permanent footing. Photograph:   Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Faced with a barrage of questions on recent scandals, the chairman of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, Simon O’Brien was keen to focus on the (...)

Simon O’Brien, chairman of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission: ‘There is still an outstanding anomaly and in the words of the judge, as he says in these rather febrile areas, it’s difficult to know whether that could be in relation to unlawful intrusion.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The integrity of the inquiry into possible bugging at the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is coming under closer scrutiny, with (...)

Mr Justice John Cooke: his report concluded there was no definitive evidence of bugging. However it could not explain an anomaly found on a landline at the GSOC’s offices and could also not categorically rule out the possibility some form of surveillance had taken place.

The investigation into the leaking of a contentious report suggesting the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was bugged is no longer confined(...)

Mr Justice John Cooke. Photograph: David Sleator/THE IRISH TIMES

The Government report into the alleged bugging of the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has found that there is no evidence surveill(...)

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