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President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The decision by President Michael D Higgins to sign the International Protection Bill (on immigration procedures) into law without referring it to the(...)

 Stephen Doyle, working to help ex-convicts go straight, at their centre in Aungier Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last December, figures were published showing that almost half of all released prisoners reoffended within three years. The inevitable demands for dra(...)

 The scales (statue) of justice on the roof of the Four Courts Building in Dublin.
Judgments: Key cases in brief

Tribunal costs decision was justified in light of deception and falsification of documents Lowry v Mr Justice Moriarty [2016]IEHC 29 (High Court, Hedi(...)

Court of Justice of the European Union  considered legislation introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Health has been an important theme in the work of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the last month. In case C-333/14, in a referen(...)

  Maurice Gaffney: “I owe a lot to my colleagues. They have made me happy and have always been reliable.”   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

When he was called to the Irish Bar, back in 1954, there were about 250 barristers in the Republic, of whom about one-fifth were senior counsel, and t(...)

 David Ford: to appeal judgment.  Photograph: Arthur Allison.

The Belfast High Court judgment on access to abortion in the North has rightly been described as historic. The outcome of the case taken by the Northe(...)

 The scales of justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
Judgments

The placement of a child for adoption is permitted without notification of the natural father. In re the Adoption Authority of Ireland and KSH (a mino(...)

The only way minimum price rules can be saved is if member states can demonstrate that in a given case minimum pricing is somehow more effective than taxation. Photograph: PA

Last December, a certain grey-haired gentleman clothed in red and resident in a magical-seeming faraway land dropped a gift - carefully crafted by hi(...)

Domestic abuse: one of the three areas where extra care is needed with restorative justice

The case of John Carvin, a 45-year-old man from Swords, Co Dublin who sexually abused his brother’s stepdaughter, was depressingly unremarkable for th(...)

“When criminal offences are framed around human characteristics such as ‘intention’ or ‘dishonesty’, it can be difficult to pinpoint a company’s responsibility, as opposed to that of a director or employee.” Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The financial crisis which we have just endured may have been the worst in our history. It had a number of causes, including questionable and probably(...)

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