Prof John Harbison became the State’s first forensic pathologist in 1974 and conducted postmortem examinations until 2003. Photograph: The Irish Times

Prof John Harbison served as the State pathologist for nearly 30 years and worked on some of the most high-profile murder cases in the State’s history(...)

A videograb issued by Policia Nacional of  John Gilligan being arrested  in Alicante, Spain. Photograph: Policia Nacional/PA Wire

Dublin criminal John Gilligan was growing in confidence that he could retake a place in the Irish drugs trade as he slowly expanded a modest drugs and(...)

John Gilligan is pictured during a search operation in Alicante, Spain. Photograph: Videograb/Spanish National Police

Convicted drug dealer and former drug gang leader John Gilligan faces the prospect of spending most of the rest of his life in prison after being arre(...)

John Gilligan  moved to Spain following attempts on his life in Ireland.

Former drugs gang leader John Gilligan has been arrested in the Alicante area of Spain where he moved following attempts on his life in Ireland. Gar(...)

Gemma O’Doherty (centre) protests outside Croke Park during an Eid prayer gathering last month. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Political activist Gemma O’Doherty has denied claims she tried to evade service of defamation proceedings brought against her by Jimmy Guerin, the bro(...)

The non-jury Special Criminal Court, presided over by a panel of three judges, was, in its modern guise, established in 1972 in order to try cases linked to the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

The existence of the Special Criminal Court should trouble anyone who believes in civil liberties. The non-jury court was, in its modern guise, establ(...)

Joel Schumacher: “I caused a lot of trouble with my movies on purpose.” Photograph: Benjamin Norman/The New York Times

For the rest of the world, Joel Schumacher, who died on Monday at the age of 80, was one of the men who – then already deep into middle age – helped i(...)

Gardaí patrolling a quiet Henry Street in Dublin on Easter Sunday. Despite isolated incidents, public compliance with draconian Covid-19 legislation remains extremely high. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Irish cholera outbreak of 1832 can teach us a lot about the current coronavirus pandemic. Like today, the crisis saw a desperate search for quick (...)

While the establishment of Cab has been an undoubted successes, the drugs legislation is a different story. Photograph: David Sleator

When the 10-year presumptive mandatory minimum sentence for large-scale drug dealing was introduced 21 years ago, it was against a backdrop of fear. D(...)

Cash and drugs haul seized by Garda in 2018. Photograph: PA

There is a general perception that judges and the justice system go easier on offenders than they did in years past. This is something not missed by (...)

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