A report on sexual offences in the Republic by the barrister and legal academic Thomas O’Malley is expected imminently. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Most of the time, the courts go about their work without impinging much on the thoughts of the public at large, save for those unfortunate enough to f(...)

A woman stops to photograph a mural showing pictures of underwear with the slogan ‘Not Asking For It’ in a street in Dublin last week as a protest after a defence lawyer showed a 17-year-old girl’s thong in court. Photograph: Paul Faith/ AFP/Getty Images

Rape is one of the most serious offences in the criminal code and one of the worst imaginable violations of human dignity. In spite of gross under-rep(...)

Michael Casey, Clonlong Halting Site, Limerick, had pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries, including one at the home of John O’Donoghue at Toomaline, Doon, on August 27th, 2015.

The Court of Appeal has increased prison sentences handed down to two men jailed for a “fatal burglary” at the home of a 62-year-old after finding tha(...)

Michael Casey, Clonlong Halting Site, Limerick, had pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries, including one at the home of John O’Donoghue at Toomaline, Doon, on August 27th, 2015.

Longer sentences should be imposed for burglaries which are leaving elderly people in rural Ireland to “live in permanent fear or dread”, the Director(...)

Tommy O’Malley moved with his twin sister  from New Ross, Co Wexford, to the US in 1984.

If his declaration wasn’t so sad, so unrepentant in its lack of humanity, its deceitful, false criminalisation of immigrants, you’d have to laugh: the(...)

Mr Justice Peter Charleton: “We look for patterns like, who is getting smaller sentences, who is getting normal sentences, who is getting higher, who is getting the worst? Then we try to put that together into a narrative.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In a Spartan conference room on the second floor of Áras Uí Dhálaigh, a modern red-brick building abutting the Four Courts complex in Dublin, a High C(...)