Ex-gratia scheme arises from  ECHR case won seven years ago by Louise O’Keeffe (above), who was abused in the 1970s by Leo Hickey, then principal of the national school in Dunderrow. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeeney/Provision

The revised Department of Education scheme for compensating people who suffered sexual abuse while in day schools has been criticised on two separate (...)

Louise O’Keeffe: the mother of two was sexually abused by a teacher in a Co Cork primary school in the 1970s. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

The special rapporteur on child protection, Professor Conor O’Mahony has accused the Department of Education of trying to limit the number of people e(...)

Family members of Ballymurphy massacre victims watch proceedings in the House of Commons. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Northern Ireland Assembly is set to be recalled from its summer recess next week to allow MLAs to make clear their opposition to plans by the UK g(...)

The Dying with Dignity Bill is being reviewed by the Oireachtas Committee on Justice after a Dáil vote in October to allow it proceed to committee stage. Stock photograph: iStock

Serious legal concerns have been raised about a proposed new law on assisted dying, raising a doubt over whether it can proceed in its current form. (...)

Patrick Stanley (16) from Clara, Co Offaly, was killed by the bomb in Belturbet, Co Cavan, in 1972, as was 15-year-old Geraldine O’Reilly.

Solicitors acting for the families of two teenagers killed in a loyalist bombing in Belturbet, Co Cavan in 1972 have lodged an application with the At(...)

A woman watches Poland’s minister for education, Przemyslaw Czarnek, speaking during an online commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Poland’s education minister has announced a new history syllabus that he says will frame the EU as an “unlawful entity”. His announcement on Polish r(...)

Five people jailed over their roles in an IRA “inquiry” of suspected informants carried out at a house in Dublin have lost their Supreme Court appeals(...)

John Gilligan upon his release from Portlaoise prison in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

Drug dealer John Gilligan and his wife and adult children have been unsuccessful in their challenge in Europe to the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) conf(...)

An officer of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service walks near the gate of the Penal Colony No 2, where Alexei Navalny has been transferred. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

The Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is being held in a prison camp in the Vladimir region of Russia northeast of Moscow known for its strict control of (...)

Former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy  during a French TV interview in recent days. Mr Sarkozy launched a defiant offensive to clear his name after being handed a three-year sentence for corruption, lambasting the verdict and mulling a petition to Europe’s top rights court. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFPGetty

France’s voters gave their verdict on former president Nicolas Sarkozy long before last Monday’s criminal court ruling. Emanuel Macron’s presidency an(...)

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