The three members of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation – former judge Yvonne Murphy (above), Dr William Duncan and Prof Mary Daly – have not replied to calls to appear before an Oireachtas committee. File photograph: Eric Luke

The Oireachtas should not “interrogate” members of State-appointed commissions of investigation, but a means to allow “a proper exchange of views” nee(...)

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys stepped down last week from the LRC with immediate effect

High Court judge Mr Justice Richard Humphreys has resigned from his position on the Law Reform Commission (LRC), less than seven months into a five-ye(...)

Signing laundry sheets outside a  Magdalene laundry building.

Anyone tempted to believe there is no smoke without fire might try journalism sometime. They would quickly discover that the laws of physics rarely ap(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was minister for children when the 2002 deal indemnifying all 18 religious congregations against any future legal actions taken against them by survivors of abuse in the institutions they ran was agreed. Photograph: Alan Betson

The State’s decision in 2002 to indemnify 18 religious congregations that had run residential institutions for children against legal claims above €12(...)

Chairwoman of the  Citizens’ Assembly Ms Justice Mary Laffoy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The chair of Ireland’s Citizens’ Assembly has said other countries should seek to emulates the model in deliberations on important issues. Ms Justice(...)

 Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, chairwoman, at the Citizens’ Assembly in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The first signs that the Irish public were far more liberal about abortion than had been assumed came at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, following the de(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly has called for the ‘eradication of single use plastics particularly in supermarkets and the imposition of penalties for failure to comply’. Photograph: Getty Images

The Citizens’ Assembly has submitted a series of extra recommendations to the Government on tackling climate change, including a call for more rigorou(...)

The president of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Seán Ryan, who chaired the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, has retired. File photograph: Eric Luke.

The president of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Seán Ryan, who chaired the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, has retired after a legal career s(...)

Abortion: Temperatures rising

The chair of the Citizens’ Assembly, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, has insisted the improper recruitment of seven replacement members last December was an “(...)

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly quiz medical experts while considering the question  of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co Dublin, last year. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Citizens’ Assembly and the polling company Red C have defended the process by which members were selected for the assembly. A recruiter employed (...)

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