Deterrent?: under Megan’s Law, US towns can put up signs about sex offenders. Photograph: Dith Pran/New York Times

In Germany paedophiles can volunteer to be castrated. In the US their faces and personal details are disclosed on official websites, and towns signpos(...)

Seán Aylward

The former secretary general of the Department of Justice, Seán Aylward, has resigned as Ireland’s representative on a key European anti-torture body (...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: under pressure over high-level garda briefing

Leading Opposition figures and academics have said significant questions remain surroundi(...)

Voting takes place at the constitutional convention  today in Malahide, Co Dublin. Delegates recommended  the constitution be changed to allow for civil marriage for same-sex couples. Photograph: Eric Luke.

The constitutional convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples. Some 79 per cent of m(...)

Not every country is debating same-sex marriage; it just sometimes feels that way. In the past two weeks alone, the issue has reached the United St(...)

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