Joan Deane of Advocates for Victims of Homicide (AdVic) said there was ‘clearly a need to provide counselling services to anyone who has been affected by a traumatic crime’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Victims of traumatic crime should be given free counselling, support groups have said. The call came in advance of the launch of the Victims Rights Al(...)

Chairman of the convention Tom Arnold said the issue of blasphemy would be discussed today
 (Sat)
 at a meeting in Malahide, Co Dublin. 
and 
Tomorrow, it 
the convention 
would begin discussing the 500 submissions which would be categorised under “four or five manageable headings by our academic and legal experts”.

The Constitutional ban on blasphemy will be discussed at the Constitutional Convention this weekend.The convention will also begin discussing more th(...)

The entrance to the former Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street North in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

There have been further calls for an independent investigation into Ireland’s Magdalene laundries. The issue was raised at a meeting of the United Nat(...)

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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