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Former president Mary McAleese and Catherine McGuinness, first female appointee to the Circuit Court in 1994. Photograph: James Forde

Women have had to listen to “some shocking sexist piffle” over the generations to justify their exclusion “from everywhere except the kitchen”, former(...)

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has declined to recommend additional legal protections for journalists who report on court proceedings.

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has decided not to recommend the provision of additional legal protections for journalists who report on court proceed(...)

Changes to the rights of bloggers and citizen journalists who are writing about court cases are canvassed in a paper published by the Law Reform Commi(...)

Claire Loftus, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Up until very recently, almost the entire Irish justice and law enforcement structure was headed up by women. Susan Denham, Nóirín O’Sullivan, Máire (...)

Minister for Transport Tourism & Sport Shane Ross. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Shane Ross is quite happy with his reputation as a troublemaker in Government, in fact he hopes he has that title. It is not his intention to cause c(...)

In January, UK prime minister Theresa May confirms Britain will leave the single market after Brexit.  Controls on the Border appear likely to return. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

JANUARY Martin McGuinness resigns as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland following a “cash-for-ash” scandal involving first minister Arlene Fo(...)

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  arriving at the funeral mass of former TD Donal Creed in Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney

When the old rivals fight, it never takes long for the bitterness to surface. Asked over the weekend if Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael could strike a deal(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin must judge whether he wants to run the risk of pulling down the Government on the issue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

As expected, Sinn Féin has tabled a motion of no confidence in the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, to be taken next week. Following leaders questions th(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: big challenges ahead. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The autumn political term begins in earnest at Leinster House today when the Dáil meets for a parliamentary session that will run up to Christmas and (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the  Fine Gael think-in in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, ahead of the resumption of the Dáil next week.  Photograph:  PA Wire

Directness and caution. These have been the main characteristics of Leo Varadkar’s first 100 days as Ireland’s leader, a milestone he reaches next Thu(...)

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