Chief Justice Susan Denham made a series of remarks on Wednesday emphasising the importance of the separation of powers between the Oireachtas and the judiciary. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Senior members of the judiciary are “extremely disappointed” following Micheál Martin’s personal attack on Máire Whelan who has now been officially ap(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has asked the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to withdraw remarks he made about the suitability of Máire Whelan to be made a (...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál  Martin:  said trust between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael had been damaged by the events of the past few days. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The process of former attorney general Máire Whelan’s nomination as a judge on the Court of Appeal drew criticism from Ministers at Tuesday’s Cabinet (...)

 Máire Whelan who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D. Higgins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has rejected a claim by Fianna Fáil that he put pressure on President Michael D Higgins to appoint former attorney general Máir(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Will he rescind Máire Whelan’s appointment  and reopen the process? Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Enda Kenny paid Leo Varadkar the compliment of nominating him to be his successor as taoiseach on Wednesday, but he has also left him with the first p(...)

Garrett Sheehan   said Ireland’s automatic imposition of a life sentence for murder in all circumstances ‘absolutely needs to be looked at’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Juries conducting independent online research during criminal trials is a major problem, a retired senior judge has warned. Garrett Sheehan, who step(...)

Leah Morgan addresses The Irish Times Debate 2017 grand final at Bolton Street College on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The opposition reigned supreme at The Irish Times Debate 2017 with Leah Morgan of the Solicitors’ Apprentice Debating Society of Ireland (SADSI) takin(...)

Charlie Duggan (15 months) pictured on Pearse Street in Kilkenny ahead of this Weekend’s All Ireland Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

1. Deadlock in Cabinet over response to €13bn Apple tax ruling Fine Gael and Independent members of the Government failed to reach agreement last nig(...)

‘Irish women’s book clubs have their own particular flavour, often of grapes.’ File photograph: Getty Images

One night recently I was awoken from deep slumber by the sound of intense discussion and some raucous laughter outside. While half contemplating ris(...)

Exit, stage left

The patience and forbearance of actors these days in the face of mobile phone and other interruptions to their performances is remarkable. Not surpris(...)

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