Sexual offences bill to 'protect' child sex attack survivors from trauma

Child survivors of alleged sex attacks would be protected from cross-examination by those accused of assaulting them under new laws proposed by the government.

Published 24 September 2015

Emergency legislation closes drink-driving law loophole

Transport minister Paschal Donohoe TD has signed a piece of emergency drink-driving legislation closing a legal loophole identified by the High Court.

Published 22 September 2015

Almost 400 people left without lawyers due to NI barrister strike

Almost 400 people in Northern Ireland's courts have been left without legal representation due to an ongoing protest against legal aid cuts.

Published 22 September 2015

Independent reviewers of NI paramilitaries assessment named

The names of the three independent reviewers who will help produce a contemporary assessment of paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland have been announced.

Published 22 September 2015

NI parties to enter urgent crisis talks

Urgent talks between the five main political parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly to resolve NI's political crisis will begin today.

Published 21 September 2015

Ireland's mortgage arrears crisis 'not yet solved'

Ireland's mortgage arrears crisis is not yet solved, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service - and the country still has the highest levels of late-stage arrears in Europe.

Published 17 September 2015

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