Consultation launched on gardaí powers to search cash-for-gold outlets

The Department of Justice and Equality has drawn up plans for greater gardaí powers to search jewellers, antique dealers and cash-for-gold outlets.

Published 17 September 2015

Justice minister publishes equal marriage bill

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has published draft legislation that will "make marriage equality a reality in Ireland".

Published 17 September 2015

Paramilitary monitoring could be reintroduced in NI

The secretary of state for Northern Ireland has said "serious consideration" should be given to the re-establishment of a body along the lines of the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC).

Published 15 September 2015

Mental health law campaigner vows to carry on in spite of HSE review

A campaigner for mental health law reform has said she will continue to argue for changes to the Mental Health Act 2001, despite a report concluding the death of her husband was not preventable.

Published 15 September 2015

Eason to donate €1k to avoid underage cigarette sale conviction

Book and newspaper retailer Eason has agreed to donate €1,000 to a suicide prevention charity in order to avoid a criminal conviction for selling cigarettes to a minor.

Published 15 September 2015

Taoiseach's office accused of 'secret engagement' with Guerin investigation

The Taoiseach's office has been accused of "secretly engaging" with barrister Seán Guerin while he was conducting an independent inquiry into Gardaí whistleblower allegations.

Published 14 September 2015

President of High Court announces early retirement

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, has announced his retirement in December 2015 - four months earlier than expected.

Published 14 September 2015

Father sues Facebook for failure to enforce age restrictions

Facebook has settled out of court after a father in Northern Ireland took the social media giant to court for failing to enforce its age restrictions, enabling a man to contact his daughter, then 11, and exchange photos with her “of a sexual nature”.

Published 14 September 2015

Karen Buckley's 'callous and calculating' murderer sentenced to 23 years' imprisonment

At the High Court in Glasgow today, Lady Rae, sentenced Alexander Pacteau, 21, to life imprisonment for his “brutal, senseless” and “motiveless" murder of Irish student Karen Buckley with a punishment part of 23 years after the accused pled guilty to the murder.

Published 8 September 2015

England: employment tribunal system needs radical reform

Unlawful employment practices will continue to go unpunished unless the tribunal system is overhauled, the Law Society of England and Wales has warned.

Published 8 September 2015

NI schools saw 260 sex attacks in three years

A total of 259 alleged sexual offences in schools across Northern Ireland were reported in 2012-15, according to a BBC investigation into school-based sex crimes.

Published 7 September 2015

Bakers seek protected food status for Forfar bridie

Two bakers in Angus have launched a bid to secure EU protected food status for the Forfar bridie .

Published 7 September 2015

Employee fired by text awarded £15,000 at tribunal hearing

An employee who was fired by text message after querying his rate of pay has been awarded £15,000 at an employment tribunal after the judge found he had been unfairly dismissed.

Published 7 September 2015

Andy Burnham to push for sexual and gender rights in NI

Andy Burnham, one of the candidates for the leadership of the UK Labour Party, has called for Northern Ireland to "take a major step forward" in the arena of human rights.

Published 18 August 2015

Man admits murder of Irish student Karen Buckley

The man charged with the murder of Irish student Karen Buckley pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow today.

Published 11 August 2015