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# Justice

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# 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”.
# Justice
Supreme Court cuts wait time for appeals to one year
The court has now effectively disposed of its backlog of legacy cases.
# Inquiry
Family of murdered woman Clodagh Hawe to meet Garda Commissioner
Clodagh’s family met with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan today.
# Family court
'It's in crisis': Law Society raises concerns over security issues in family courts system
Members of the Law Society’s family and child law committee are to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice this morning.
Lynn Ruane: People with a criminal record for minor offences deserve a second chance
Convictions for minor offences can hold people back from accessing employment and education long after they have completed their rehabilitation, writes Lynn Ruane.
# Gardaí
Over 8,750 drivers were arrested last year on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs
Figures on roads policing detections were released today by gardaí.
# State Papers
Charlie Haughey was urged to pressure 'British arrogance' over Birmingham Six and Guildford Four
The convictions of the nine men and one women were ultimately quashed.
# Offaly
'We're not getting justice': Shane Tuohey's family kept in the dark in inquiry into his death
The 23-year-old man’s body was recovered from the River Brosna in 2002. His family believes he was murdered.
# Oireachtas
Committee backs changes to ‘women’s place in the home' section of Constitution
The Justice Committee published a report on the matter today.
# DNA-ble
Ireland's DNA database to be shared with other European countries to help fight cross-border crime
Ireland’s DNA database holds 16,361 DNA profiles of suspected offenders and convicted offenders.
# Maurice McCabe
Government seeks advice on pursuing Callinan and Taylor for legal damages
The Taoiseach said he would like to see this case taken by Maurice McCabe settled.
# Maurice McCabe
Commissioner 'reviewing' decision to fund Callinan's legal defence in McCabe case
Meanwhile Leo Varadkar has said Callinan is not being given a blanket indemnity.
# not sorry
Garda Commissioner: 'I'm not apologising for cutting overtime'
Drew Harris said he has a responsibility to show good management of public money.
# Justice
Ban on taking photos of gardaí on duty would 'criminalise ordinary members of the public'
Minister Charlie Flanagan’s proposal would be “grossly disproportionate”, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties has said.
# stand for truth
'No mention of accountability or cover-up' - Criticism of pope's Knock Shrine speech on clerical abuse
Pope Francis begged for God’s forgiveness for the “sins” by members of the clergy.
# Genocide
Rohingya refugees protest for 'justice' on first anniversary of a Myanmar military crackdown
The Myanmar military crackdown sparked a mass exodus of 700,000 to camps in Bangladesh.
# Justice
'We have a duty to keep personal info private': Tusla denies withholding child abuse details from gardaí
The agency has acknowledged that it is concerned about requirements it has to inform suspects about complaints made to gardaí.
# a problem halved
'The buck stops nowhere': Department of Justice to be split into two parts
The two divisions will be ‘Home Affairs’ and ‘Justice and Equality’.
# jury is out
Judge releases 50 people from jury service - because there was no judge or courtroom available
Mr Justice Bernard Barton discharged over 50 people in Dublin’s Four Courts this week.
# Justice
Motion seeking redress for victims abused as children passes despite government opposition
The government argued that the State’s responsibility can’t be established through a conviction.
# Crime
New figures show increases in crime across every category (except homicides)
Sexual offences were up by just under 15% in the year to the end of March.
# Justice
'Prison is for dangerous criminals': Drop in numbers sent to prison for non-payment of fines
More than 2,000 people were sent to prison for failure to pay a court-imposed fine last year.
# Justice
Journal Media won four awards at yesterday's Justice Media Awards
Reporters Gráinne Ní Aodha, Sean Murray, Paul O’Donoghue and Cianan Brennan picked up prizes for their articles.
# whipsmart
Our payouts are three times that of the UK, so why wouldn't whiplash legislation work here?
Britain and Ireland are currently the outliers of Europe when it comes to soft tissue injury claims, and the UK has announced plans to cap whiplash payouts via legislation.
# never came home
Stardust families seek fresh inquest, 37 years after coroner returned no verdict in fire deaths
A total of 48 people died in the fire.
# Courts
Justice minister says he plans to abolish court poor box payments
Charlie Flanagan says it is no longer fit for purpose.
# Poverty
Roma children living in 'overcrowded houses with rats, damp and sewage'
Over 80% of respondents in new research reported discrimination in the street or in a public place.
# Justice
US police apologise to victims after throwing away untested rape kits
The Fayetteville police force in North Carolina has admitted it threw away more than 300 rape kits.
'Liberal' barrister fought game changer case that overturned the ban on importing contraceptives
Former Supreme Court justice Donal Barrington died this week at the age of 89.
# internal divide
Department of Justice will be 'divided' but it will remain under one minister
The department will be internally split into two divisions with seperate deputy secretaries.
Crisis averted as Frances Fitzgerald resigns from Cabinet
The Tánaiste confirmed her resignation at Cabinet today. Here’s how the events played out.
# stevie cullivan
Inquest brought 'justice and answers' for newborn baby boy's death
A verdict of medical misadventure was given at the inquest into the death of baby Stevie Cullivan.
# Justice
'I was misled': Eamon Dunphy defends visiting Tom Humphries in psychiatric hospital
Dunphy’s comments on the Tonight Show last night sparked criticism, as he said Humphries was given “just about the right sentence”.
# visitation
Prisoners want to be able to use Skype to contact their families
Overcrowding, nutrition, healthcare and access to mental health services remain as issues for prisons in Ireland.
# Justice
Couple affected by tracker mortgage scandal suffered stroke and nervous breakdown
A number of customers affected by the error shared stories today of the hardship it caused.
# Gardaí
Minister warned it would be a 'serious mistake' to rush into appointing a new commissioner
The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland wrote to Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.
# An Garda Síochána
Someone should be held accountable for false breath tests - but not yet, says government
A report found that there was a 71% gap between the breath test figures recorded on Pulse, and the actual tests carried out.
# Justice
Families of murder victims have 'met killers on the street' after not being told of release
Representatives have also said families are sometimes unclear about how long a killer will actually serve.