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 (...)

William C Bullitt holding guns. (Photograph:   Thomas D Mcavoy/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

A Dublin law firm is offering a reward for information about a pair of missing antique pistols that were owned by the late Anne Bullitt, a wealth(...)

Members of the assembly will debate how referendum campaigns are regulated, and when and how they should take place.  Photograph: Getty Images

The future of referendums in Ireland will be discussed by the Citizens’ Assembly at its next meeting in January. Members of the assembly will debate(...)

The Citizens’ Assembly in the Grand Hotel Malahide discussed climate change this weekend. Photograph: Tom Honan

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly have voted overwhelmingly for a comprehensive Government regime to tackle climate change. The 75 members of the as(...)

Ms  Justice Mary Laffoy   said she expected there would be a thought provoking and robust discussion on how the State can become a leader in tackling climate change.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Citizens’ Assembly are meeting this weekend to make recommendations on “how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change”. Unde(...)

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