Seamus Woulfe

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An aerial view of the nightclub after the fire. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

A tribunal of inquiry; a victim compensation tribunal; two Oireachtas-appointed reviews; countless political promises – none has brought peace to the (...)

Stardust survivor Antoinette Keegan says the Department of Justice ‘has done nothing but mess us around, obstruct and fight with us for the past 40 years’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The opening of the Stardust fire inquests, due to begin this year, has been delayed amid a row over legal aid between the families and the Department (...)

After her parents died in the 1981 disaster, Lisa Lawlor became known as the ‘Stardust baby’, and became an unwitting receptacle for the grief(...)

Between the start of December 2020 and January 11th this year over 190,000 people arrived into Ireland by air.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is coming under increasing pressure to introduce tougher restrictions on inward bound travellers after the State’s public health team s(...)

Framed baby dolls  pictured at a shrine in Tuam, Co Galway,  erected in memory of children buried at the site of the former home for unmarried mothers run by nuns. Photograph: Paul Fait/Getty Images

Establishing the right of adopted people to information about their birth mothers is complicated by the constitutional right to privacy for those moth(...)

 Stephen Donnelly:  in August  he takes bronze in the trampoline at the  Olympics in Japan

Time to take our crystal bauble down from the soon-to-be-mulched tree and take a sneak preview at what lies ahead in 2021. JANUARY – It quickly becom(...)

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex: took backseats as members of the British royal family. Photograph:  Samir Hussein/WireImage

January 8th In the month when Brexit becomes official, the British people are faced with a new crisis: Megxit. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markl(...)

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee says the commission’s recommendations will be based on merit alone, but we are not told what are the criteria for merit or how they will be decided. Photo: Sam Boal/

Nearly every attempt at changing the system for selecting judges has been a short-term response to an immediate political problem. The Judicial Appoi(...)

Séamus Woulfe: While the Government maintains his appointment was never a done deal,  comments from former office holders maintain this is “not credible”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Imagine, within days of taking up a new job at the head of a busy bureaucracy, you are given a list of more than 50 names and told to choose one to be(...)

The Minister for Justice told the Dáil that Leo Varadkar said to her the former attorney general Séamus Woulfe would make ‘a good judge’. File photograph: The Irish Times

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he did not instruct Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to recommend former attorney general Séamus Woulfe for appointment t(...)

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