In his report, Mr Justice Peter Charleton will rule on evidence that has been heard as to whether then Garda commissioner Martin Callinan smeared Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A number of serious allegations against former Garda commisssioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and others have been strongly challenged by the evidence heard ov(...)

Senior counsel Michael O’Higgins: “Practitioners at the top of the profession can earn more at the bar but many still relish the prospect of a new challenge.”

The practicing barrister and former minister for justice, Michael McDowell, has suggested that the reduction in judge’s pay is inhibiting the best can(...)

Mr Justice Michael Moriarty. Photograph: Collins

The importance of Mr Justice Michael Moriarty’s ruling is captured by leading criminal law solicitor Michael Staines’s observation that suspended sent(...)

Stephen Cahoon (43) of Harvey Street, Derry, Northern Ireland, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Jean Teresa Quigley (30) in 2008. Photograph: Collins Courts

The jury in a murder trial has heard that the deceased, who was 10 weeks pregnant, died due to “manual strangulation”. Stephen Cahoon (43) with an add(...)

Helen Mirren  as Jane Tennison

Jane Tennison is one of modern crime fiction’s great characters, a trailblazing protagonist who made her first appearance in Lynda La Plante’s Prime S(...)

Colleagues  show their respect for  the remains of murdered Garda Anthony Golden. The state did not oppose bail for his killer Adrian Crevan Mackin.  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

The news that Adrian Crevan Mackin, the man who shot dead Garda Anthony Golden, was on bail facing a charge of IRA membership has angered many people.(...)

The Law Library in the Four Courts, Dublin: the crossover between law and literature is age-old. Charles Dickens, Henry Fielding, Erle Stanley Gardner and Franz Kafka all studied or practiced law, to varying degrees of success, before establishing themselves as writers

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” This harsh sentencing from Shakespeare in Henry VI is one of many references to the legal profess(...)

Michael O’Higgins: Some people have commented that Snapshots captures the spirit of the 1980s very well.  I like to think that this essence is there because I spent so much time working on it

A lot of people ask me where I get the time to write. The truth is that you never do. You have to be ruthless, and even obsessive. If it were otherwi(...)

Séamus Daly (44) is accused of murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing. Photograph: The Irish Times

Lawyers for a bricklayer accused of murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing have been given a month to decide whether to cross-examine witnesses in a(...)

Senior counsel Michael O’Higgins said the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to relax rules on evidence in criminal trials will provide a “get-out clause” for gardaí who do not adhere to high standards. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Supreme Court’s landmark decision to relax rules on evidence in criminal trials will provide a “get-out clause” for gardaí who do not adhere to hi(...)

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