Ivana Bacik: costs could be minimised by using existing District Court structures and procedures, and by limiting the pilot court to offenders who pleaded guilty to summary offences only. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

The Cabinet has accepted a proposal from Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to establish a pilot community court in Dublin city centre(...)

Old friends: Hugo Hamilton. Photograph: Eric Luke

As a writer, Hugo Hamilton has always explored the place where reality and story meet – or, rather, where the edges don’t quite fit. His memoir of (...)

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is  due to visit anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy in Limerick Prison this afternoon. Photographs: Dara Mac Dómhnaill/Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is due to visit Margaretta D’Arcy in Limerick Prison this afternoon, where she is being held over her refusal t(...)

From left: ‘Irish Times’ journalists Maeve Donnellan, Nell McCafferty, Mary Maher, Geraldine Kennedy, Gabrielle Williams, Renagh Holohan (seated), Christina Murphy, Mary Cummins and Caroline Walsh.

Just before Christmas, on one of several aborted gift-shopping expeditions, I found myself sheltering from torrential rain in Chapters bookshop on Dub(...)

I ’m reading an article about how what you wear to drop the children off to school reveals “where you’re at” in life. Big sunglasses and big hair say (...)

For its first serious foray into religious programming, TV3 went old school. None of your Kumbaya guitar strumming or soft explorations about the mean(...)

Donal MacIntyre, presenter of Print and Be Damned, the four-part series on the newspaper industry that begins tonight on TV3, describes the program(...)

Somebody once described marketing as the science of suspending human intelligence just long enough to get money from it. I recently had some experienc(...)

Women on the platfrom of Connolly Station, Dublin, in 1971, prior to boarding the Belfast train to travel to buy contraceptives, which were illegal in the Republic at the time. Photograph: The Irish Times

In 1913, 100 years ago, Irish feminists were poised between two momentous events: the passage of the Third Home Rule Bill through the UK parlia(...)

Mary and James McGee outside the High Court in 1972

The generation that takes Durex in the local Spar for granted may not know that 2013 is the 40th anniversary of a legal case that won them the (...)

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