US president Donald Trump with supreme court judges Neil Gorsuch and Anthony Kennedy at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington last year. File photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the supreme court has given US president Donald Trump an opportunity to shift America’s highest court to the right. (...)

Judge Isobel Kennedy, chair of the Referendum Commission.

Neither the Referendum Commission nor the Standards in Public Office Commission will have a role overseeing social media campaigning or advertising in(...)

Garda killer Adrian Crevan Mackin

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) must apply to the High Court for transcripts relating to appearances before the Special Criminal Court (...)

Due to concerns that the expectant mother can   fully comprehend what medics may need to do during the birth, the HSE is seeking to have her induced.

The HSE has asked the High Court for orders allowing a hospital induce the birth of a child whose mother has the mental age of less than eight amid co(...)

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said at the Central Criminal Court (above) that  Keith Aherne (23) aided and abetted the commission of the offence and was liable as a principal offender.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An unemployed Cork man who held a woman down while another man raped her has been jailed for nine years. Keith Aherne (23) was convicted last March a(...)

The prosecution said Martin  McHale was involved in ’nefarious activities associated with membership of the IRA’.

A Cork man who told gardaí ­ he had gone to Monaghan for “a drinking session” and did not know there was half-a-tonne of fertliser in the van he was d(...)

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan says she stands over her letter expressing dismay at the length of time Donal O’Coisdealbha had spent in custody.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan says she stands over her letter expressing dismay at the length of time Donal Ó Coisdealbha had spent in custody. “(...)

 US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, who  died on Saturday at the age of 79. Scalia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and became a villain to liberals and a hero to conservatives. Photograph: Gavin Averill/The Hattiesburg American via AP

The death on Saturday of Conservative US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, one of the most politically influential American judges of his generati(...)

Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)

Demonstrators with opposing views rally  in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington for a second day running as it convenes to tackle the issue of gay marriage and hears arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

US Supreme Court justices have indicated interest in striking down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. (...)