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 Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness: “I was very sad to retire. But I had to go, they throw you out at 72.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Prison is largely ineffective for rehabilitating sex offenders, retired Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness has said. Although sexual offenders (...)

John Halligan: “There was no direction given but just gave us some advice. We are all in agreement that we should not travel.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister of State John Halligan has confirmed he will not pursue a planned trip to North Korea. Mr Halligan met with the Department of Foreign Affai(...)

Relatives of those who have lost their lives in road traffic accidents  light candles at the Road Safety Authority World Day of Rememberance. Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds.

A road safety campaigner has expressed anger over the falsification of breath tests by members of An Garda Síochána and asked how many people died as (...)

The French delegation reacts as France is named to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, during a ceremony in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/AFP/Getty Images

The failure of fellow Celts Wales and Scotland to support the Irish 2023 Rugby World Cup bid is believed to have been critical in Ireland losing out t(...)

Ireland’s poor third-place showing in the contest to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup was an embarrassing reversal. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s elimination in the first round of the process to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 did not come as a surprise, given the independent technica(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s James McClean (right) and Daryl Murphy stand dejected after a 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night ended their World Cup qualification hopes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Eh, well, that didn’t exactly go to plan, did it? Denmark’s carpet bombing of Ireland’s World Cup dreams last night will dampen the nation’s mood con(...)

The Government is exploring a number of initiatives to deal with social isolation in rural areas, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is exploring a number of initiatives to deal with social isolation in rural areas, Minister for Transport Shane Ross has said. He told(...)

 Members of the Independent Alliance Seán Canney, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Shane Ross and John Halligan. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Minister of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said it is time to move on from controversy surrounding a proposed trip by the Independent Alliance to North(...)

Everyday life in Government has proved difficult at times for the Independent Alliance and the past week, particularly the suggestion of a peace mission to North Korea, damaged and exposed the dividing line in the group. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

There have been rows about constituency projects and controversial policy positions, but the past week has done the most damage to the Independent Al(...)

The plan by three Independent Alliance ministers, including John Halligan, to embark on a ’peace mission’ to North Korea confirms the view that they have a fundamentally frivolous approach to high office. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The involvement of three Independent Alliance Ministers in the ludicrous North Korean escapade has exposed the vulnerability of the Fine Gael-led mino(...)

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