Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said it established a ‘comprehensive framework for dealing with the corrosive legacy of the past’ . Photograph by Crispin Rodwell

Gardaí will be permitted to give evidence at Troubles era inquests in Northern Ireland after urgent legislation was passed by the Oireachtas. The Cri(...)

The Minister for Justice has said republican paramilitary groups remain ‘wedded to brutality and criminality’. File photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Emergency anti-terrorist and organised crime legislation has been renewed for another year after it was accepted in the Dáil by 63 votes to 21 and pas(...)

With fewer than 60 days before the UK leaves the EU, demand for passports has caused post offices in Northern Ireland to run out of forms. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Department of Foreign Affairs is preparing for 300,000 additional applications for Irish passports this year – an increase of more than one-third (...)

Fine Gael Seanad leader Jerry Buttimer: “Some people did not want to give an increase to anybody”

There were sharp exchanges in the Seanad on the budget. Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys claimed mystery surrounded when the social welfare increases(...)

A post-Brexit rise in demand for Irish passports won’t casue delays for applicants, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Joe McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The fallout from Brexit should not cause delays in issuing passports, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Joe McHugh has said. “The passport servic(...)

More than 125 countries worldwide have some provision to allow emigrants to vote from overseas, but currently, Ireland has no system in place. Image: iStock

Organisations representing Irish citizens overseas have welcomed the announcement that a referendum will be held early next year on the right of emigr(...)

Sinn Féin party whip, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD with Louise O’Reilly TD present Sinn Féin’s submission on political reform to the All-Party Oireachtas Committee at Leinster House. Photograph:

Sinn Féin has said it will press for the introduction of universal voting rights in the new Seanad, which will be elected next month. Aengus Ó Snoda(...)

Belfast City Hall: officials in the Football Association of Ireland  and the Irish Football Association have been invited to attend joint reception in Belfast to celebrate both teams qualifying for  Euro 2016. Photograph:  Joe Fox/Getty Images

The two soccer associations on the island of Ireland are this week faced with the dilemma of deciding how to respond to a controversial invitation to(...)

Undated family handout photo issued by PSNI of Kevin McGuigan with a then-hospitalised  grandson  in 2011. File photograph: Family handout/PSNI/PA Wire

Serious crime branch detectives investigating the murder of former Provisional IRA member Kevin McGuigan snr in east Belfast have described his killin(...)

Naomi Long: “I’m quite happy to start as the underdog.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The TUV hate the DUP And say they’re weak and wrong Yet they’ll help them out in East Belfast, Just to clobber Naomi Long. Commentator and columnis(...)

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