Head of the commission Judge Yvonne Murphy: ‘The report is there, it is not going to be revised. What would they possibly ask the commission to do – redo the report?’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission believes “very strongly” that tapes of hearings at its confidential committee should be destroyed. The views of (...)

Catherine McGuinness: ‘The separation of powers is more important than people just having a dinner.’ Photograph: David Sleator

Judges must avoid taking part “in anything that has any political overtones,” said retired Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness on the controversy(...)

The former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness: ‘The outright ban on such people seeking employment leaves them deprived of the self-respect.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The outright ban on asylum seekers from trying to find employment leaves them “deprived of self-respect” and the practice must be brought to an end, f(...)

 Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66) of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth arriving for his sentencing hearing at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts

As a young police officer, former Police Service of Northern Ireland assistant chief constable Alan McQuillan once engaged in a bizarre game of cross-(...)

The Government has denied that the late intervention by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to widen the remit of a commission looking at two high-voltage transmission lines amounts to a climbdown.

The Government has denied that the late intervention by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to widen the remit of a commission looking at two high-voltage transmissi(...)

Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness: ‘It is not rare for gays, lesbians and transgender people to find the Church of Ireland a cold enough house’. Photograph: David Sleator

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has welcomed recent criticism of sectarianism within the Church of Ireland by Archbishop of Dublin an(...)