Minister for Justice   Charlie Flanagan: “The raw brutality of the attacks targeting innocent people that we have seen, including on our nearest European neighbours, is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of all open democracies to this threat.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Emergency anti-terrorist and organised crime legislation have been renewed for another year following a Dáil vote. TDs voted in favour of the retenti(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan acknowledged  there had been a catalogue of failures including the failure to act to implement the sanctions for breach of bail. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has not ruled out a commission of investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death of a cyclist in 2011, knocked down by a (...)

After various amendments it transpired that the Dáil appointed 16 people to a 13-member commission. File photograph: The Irish Times

The controversial legislation changing the way judges are appointed has been passed by the Dáil and now goes to the Seanad. The Judicial Appointment(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: said co-operation between the Government and Sinn Féin did not mean the two parties are preparing to go into government. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A day of Dáil confusion over controversial legislation to reform the way judges are appointed has resulted in TDs making laws “in the dark”, the Oppos(...)

The bill ‘will remove the risk of political patronage’, says Shane Ross. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross’s long stalled proposals to reform the way judges are appointed are set to be finally passed through the Dáil follow(...)

The Government favoured a digital age of consent of 13 and was supported by smaller parties and Independents. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government has lost a series of votes on data protection legislation including one on the digital age of consent. Fifteen Fine Gael members were (...)

Children’s groups have argued to maintain the age of digital consent at 13. File photograph: Getty Images

Proposals to raise the digital age of consent from 13 to 16 years of age were rejected by an Oireachtas committee on Wednesday. The digital age of co(...)

Vicky and Jim Phelan from Annacotty, Co Limerick, pictured leaving the Four Courts. The Tánaiste has apologised for a delay in informing Ms Phelan of cervical cancer diagnosis. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has apologised to a woman dying of cervical cancer who was only informed of her diagnosis last year, six years after a smear te(...)

Pearse Doherty: key focus is the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Collins

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said he believes there is no other way to provide abortion in the cases of rape and incest without allowing for termin(...)

Charlie Flanagan: he said he had discussed the consolidation of road traffic legislation with Minister for Transport Shane Ross

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he intends to change the way the District Courts works so that the public can have greater confidence i(...)

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