Scoping exercise under way for review of laws underpinning Special Criminal Court

Officials have begun a scoping exercise ahead of a review of legislation underpinning the prosecution of terrorism and organised crime offences in the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Published 30 June 2020

Europol: Right-wing extremism 'growing' in Ireland

Violent right-wing extremism is "growing" in Ireland, a major Europol report on terrorism in the EU has noted for the first time.

Published 24 June 2020

New terrorism bill would impose minimum jail term of 14 years

People suspected of terrorism offences would face minimum jail terms of 14 years under proposed legislation.

Published 20 May 2020

Loyalist 'supergrass' has prison sentence increased on appeal

A six-and-a-half year prison sentence for a loyalist killer who became a "supergrass" after his arrest has been found unduly lenient by the Court of Appeal.

Published 17 April 2020

Brother of Manchester Arena bomber guilty of murder

Hashem Abedi, 22, the younger brother of suicide bomber Salman Abedi, has been found guilty of murdering 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in 2017.

Published 18 March 2020

Boris Johnson warned over extending jail terms for terrorists

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned that plans to extend jail terms for terrorists could make them more dangerous upon release, The Times reports.

Published 20 February 2020

Bill to end early release of terror offenders will not extend to Northern Ireland

Legislative proposals to end the early release of people convicted of terror offences will not be extended to Northern Ireland.

Published 13 February 2020

Legislation criminalising travel abroad to join terror groups still at preliminary stage

Legislation making it a criminal offence to travel abroad to join a terrorist group has not moved beyond the preliminary stage over a year after an EU deadline, according to reports.

Published 6 December 2019

Crackdown on paramilitarism held back by delay to committal reforms

A recent crackdown on paramilitarism in Northern Ireland is being held back by stalled reforms to the committal process, the Independent Reporting Commission (IRC) has warned.

Published 4 November 2019

UK and US sign landmark law enforcement data access agreement

The UK and the US have signed a bilateral agreement allowing their respective law enforcement agencies to directly demand electronic data relating to serious crime from tech companies in the other jurisdiction.

Published 4 October 2019

Lord Carlile to lead independent review of controversial Prevent programme

Lord Carlile has been appointed to lead an independent review of the controversial Prevent counter-terrorism programme.

Published 13 August 2019

Terrorist and paramilitary offences added to unduly lenient sentence scheme

People found guilty of crimes linked to terrorism, paramilitarism and organised crime groups could now see their sentences reconsidered under the unduly lenient sentence (ULS) scheme.

Published 2 August 2019

England: Terrorist convicted as a child granted lifelong anonymity

A man who was jailed at the age of 14 for encouraging another to murder Australian police officers has been granted anonymity for life.

Published 30 July 2019