The Oireachtas committee heard the Reserve Defence Forces had about 1,500 personnel compared with about 4,000 in the 1990s. File photograph: Alan Betson

The contentious issue of rates of pay, allowances and overtime for Defence Forces personnel, would not be considered by the Commission on the Defence (...)

Failure to reform ‘prohibitive’ defamation law is among the threats to press freedom in the Republic, RSF said. Photograph: iStock

The Republic of Ireland has climbed one place to 12th in the latest press freedom index published by international non-profit Reporters Without Border(...)

Una Ring, pictured in February, outside Cork Circuit Criminal Court. She has launched a campaign to have stalking made a specific offence. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts Limited

The Government is unlikely to revisit stalking and harassment laws so soon after updating legislation in the area last year, sources say. Department (...)

Una Ring, pictured in February, outside Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Two women, who were subjected to stalking by men they scarcely knew, have launched a campaign to have a specific offence of stalking introduced on to (...)

Mohamed Elbahlawan (40). Photograph: Kitty Holland

Three separate investigations are under way into how two fishermen, who were dramatically rescued from a fishing vessel last month, had no permits to (...)

A member of the defence forces escorts passengers from Terminal 1 arrivals hall at Dublin Airport as part of the State’s mandatory quarantine system. Photoggraph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More than 30,000 people flew through Dublin Airport for holidays in the time between the Government flagged enhanced fines for non-essential travel an(...)

Fangzhe Qiu,  who is a lecturer and assistant professor at UCD’s School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore: ‘It’s not just about the delay, it’s the attitude towards the Irish language.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A Chinese couple who applied for Irish citizenship last year had the paperwork returned by the Department of Justice because they had submitted the ap(...)

Under the proposed legislation, foreign companies dealing in US citizens’ data could be required to obtain a licence from US Department of Commerce before being allowed to continue their transatlantic trade. Photograph: iStock

The US Senate is to debate a proposal to limit foreign countries’ access to US citizens’ personal data and to introduce a licence requirement for fore(...)

Civil servants in the Department of Justice are currently preparing a paper exploring the introduction of a public defender system in Ireland. It is understood this is nearing completion. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is considering the introduction of a public defender system in an effort to reduce legal aid costs in criminal matters. Such a system (...)

Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Photograph: iStock

Stormont Ministers have committed to pay for a pension scheme for victims of the North’s Troubles, ending a long-running dispute over whether funding (...)

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