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# Justice

Last month
January 2023
Voices
Under the shadow of Hezbollah: 'I'm not naïve, I know political assassins are rarely found'
The widow of a murdered Hezbollah critic tells journalist Hannah McCarthy of Lebanon’s culture of impunity.
Last year
2022
# Justice Minister
Helen McEntee begins maternity leave with Heather Humphreys taking over justice brief
Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys will take over the justice brief until 17 December.
# suspended
110 gardaí on suspension including 17 for 'sexual offences'
Twenty three gardaí have been suspended so far this year.
# stardust
Stardust inquests to have independent jury following passing of legislation in the Dáil
Jurors are currently selected for inquests by Gardaí, but campaigners had raised concerns about this due to the force’s involvement in the inquest.
# Report
Landmark study finds Travellers’ trust in justice system is ‘extremely low’
“Travellers do not trust the Irish criminal justice system to treat them fairly,” UL Professor Amanda Haynes said.
# new rule
Government rushing in emergency laws to solve High Court ban on Garda court presenters
Ms Justice Marguerite Bolger said that the use of court presenters was beyond the permitted powers of gardaí.
# Law
Minister for Justice to launch review of the Civil Legal Aid Scheme this month
An eleven-person Review Group will be chaired by retired Chief Justice, Frank Clarke.
# Justice
'Allow us to compete' - McClenaghan launches appeal after Commonwealth Games ban
The 22-year-old and two Northern Ireland team-mates have been told they are ineligible to compete in the event.
# Justice
Ireland needs new scheme to disregard historic convictions of gay and bisexual men, experts advise
A working group is examining how Ireland can go about disregarding convictions made against gay and bisexual men under legislation that was later repealed.
# Discrimination
'How can we prove it?': Travellers highlight barriers to justice after incidents of discrimination
Traveller women who were surveyed said businesses may deploy “sneaky ways” to refuse them service.
# Derry
Lyra McKee’s family ‘waiting for justice’ three years after her murder
Vigils were held in Belfast and Derry to mark the third anniversary of Ms McKee’s death on April 18 2019.
# Justice Plan 2022
Judges to be given power to set minimum sentences for murder cases
The proposal is contained in an annual Justice plan by the Government.
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# Justice
Vast majority of people believe poorer people get worse legal outcomes
The survey found that people believed the free legal aid scheme was vital to ensuring equal access to justice.
# Justice
Larry Nassar abuse victims to receive $380 million after reaching settlement - report
The settlement with USA Gymnastics ends a five-year legal battle.
# Back to Work
Helen McEntee returns as Justice Minister today after six months maternity leave
McEntee gave birth to a boy in April, becoming the first woman to have a baby while serving in Cabinet.
# Courts
Chief Justice calls for greater spend by Government to ensure access to justice
The Chief Justice was speaking at a conference on access to the justice system.
# Donald Trump
Justice Department argues Donald Trump cannot be held liable for ‘crude’ remarks
The former American leader recently teased the prospect of another presidential bid in 2024.
# Justice
Barristers urge caution on widespread roll-out of remote court hearings after Covid
The Bar of Ireland said remote hearings impact on judicial interaction and the management of witnesses.
# Courts
Justice Gerard Hogan nominated for appointment to the Supreme Court
Five additional judges will be appointed to the High Court in a bid to clear the backlog of cases.
# Sexual Abuse
Sharing intimate images with intent to harm could carry seven year prison sentence
The new offences deal with the non-consensual distribution of intimate images.
# new penalties
Explainer: What are the new Garda powers and what fines can be given?
The fines will not come into effect for another week or two.
# Coronavirus
Government will 'act on' any NPHET recommendations for Dublin before weekend, Helen McEntee says
Dublin has seen a considerable increase in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
# Prisoners
51 inmates in Irish prisons still 'slopping out' despite government pledge to end practice by this year
The total figure is a decrease from 465 people in January 2014.
# Justice
'Our relentless pursuit': Gardaí vow to bring others involved in Adrian Donohoe's murder to justice
Garda colleagues said they hope other suspects will be held accountable.
Voices
Opinion: 25 years ago today, the UN let Srebrenica happen. Now, it is allowing history repeat itself in Syria
The UN can’t defend people in Syria or even deliver aid, writes Barry Andrews. The least we can do is prepare for the prosecution of the terrible crimes that happen there.
# Justice
Courts gearing up to expand sittings with new plans to deal with the 'growing backlog of cases'
Chief Justice Frank Clarke said detailed planning is set to progress cases of all types to be heard from late August and through September.
# burgh quay
Tens of thousands of immigration renewals can now be done online
The Department of Justice is seeking to reduce footfall at the Registration Office.
# Justice
Justice Mary Irvine to become first female President of the High Court
The judge has been nominated by government and will be appointed by President Michael D Higgins.
# Justice
Fifa urges leagues to use 'common sense' on disciplining players over George Floyd protests
The German Football Association is investigating players displaying political messages during matches.
# Resigned
Prosecutors quit after being overruled in case of Trump aide Roger Stone
The Justice Department had overruled lawyers’ prison time request following an intervention by the president.
# Tehran
Iran makes arrests and plans 'special court' over shooting down of Ukrainian plane
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said ‘anyone who should be punished must be punished’.
# Racism
'The law is weak': Government launches public consultation on hate speech
The Department of Justice is currently finalising research on legislative approaches to tackling hate crime in other countries.
# citizenship
Minister promises 'urgent action' after shock High Court ruling on citizenship applicants
Nobody can now be granted Irish citizenship if they have spent a single day outside the country in the past year.
# citizenship
Government 'carefully studying' ruling not to grant citizenship to those who temporarily leave Ireland
The ruling applies to those who have left Ireland in the year before they apply for citizenship.
# Courts
Shock ruling says citizenship cannot be granted if applicant has spent a day outside Ireland in past year
Experts called the ruling “absurd”, pointing out that the law on citizenship has never been interpreted so strictly before.
# Courts
Ana Kriegel murder: Sentencing of Boy A and Boy B delayed until 29 October
The court is waiting for psychiatric reports to be completed.
# justice system
Ana Kriegel murder: The sentences Boy A and Boy B could be facing
The two teengers are to be sentenced in four weeks’ time.
# probation service
Over 355,000 hours of community service work carried out by offenders last year
The 2018 annual report of the Probation Service is published today.
# criminal justice
Irish citizens who commit serious offences abroad will be open to prosecution from today
The law enables Ireland to ratify the Istanbul Convention.
Finian McGrath withdraws comments over political policing after strong criticism from Cabinet colleagues
In an interview with the Sunday Independent, McGrath said the policing of new drink driving laws had been “really over the top”.