Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said Máire Whelan (above) was the best person to be appointed. He said the Government acted entirely within its constitutional powers. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan has claimed the Government deliberately decided to evade the law in the manner by which it appointed Mái(...)

The closing date for applications under the redress scheme was in 2005. The man first applied for compensation in 2008. Photograph: Reuters

A man who claims he was physically and sexually abused at a Co Tipperary industrial school has lost his High Court case aimed at allowing him apply to(...)

“Irish judges are of a very high quality, despite the fact that their terms and conditions have been assailed in recent years, and despite the fact that the appointments are made by politicians.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

In observing the latest volte-face from the Law Society in relation to judicial appointments, it is difficult to see any motivating factor other than (...)

Between 2002 and 2016 the branch of the legal profession with about 80 per cent of the legal practitioners in the State – solicitors – has produced just 8 per cent of the superior court judicial appointments. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The process by which we select judges is important because of the impact judges’ decisions have on people’s lives, individually and collectively. In (...)

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan: “A citizens’ assembly will not be effective.”

The Government’s proposed citizens’ assembly to consider the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution on abortion has been criticised by Fianna Fáil just(...)

A former sports coach is facing sentencing on Thursday and Friday after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting ten teenage boys over a three year (...)

Mr Justice Peter Kelly was nominated as president of the High Court by the Government on Tuesday and is due to be formally appointed next week. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Businessman and anti-eviction activist Jerry Beades has launched a legal challenge against the Government’s decision to nominate Mr Justice Peter Kel(...)

 Alan Shatter:  clashed with the Bar Council over the Legal Services Regulation Bill when he introduced it.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has excoriated the Bar Council for fighting “tooth and nail” against every reform proposed for the legal pr(...)

‘Interestingly, the Government also plans to leave the overall scheme of the Civil Registration Act intact. As a result, all ceremonies will have to be approved by the chief registrar and be “in no way inconsistent with” either of the two declarations which the Act will prescribe when it has been amended.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Statistically, August is the most popular month for marriages in Ireland. Many who will marry this August have already reserved accommodation and book(...)

Alan Toal has asked the Government to introduce “as a matter of urgency” legislation to prevent judges being automatically made benchers of the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns

A barrister who has brought High Court proceedings seeking to prevent an internal disciplinary tribunal imposing sanctions on him has argued that judg(...)

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