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Last year
New laws on hate speech includes provision to protect freedom of expression, says minister
Government has been called on to ensure new laws comply with principles of proportionality and necessity.
World Rugby says recent hurdling try should have been a penalty
The Rugby Committee was far less definitive on Jonny May’s try against Italy last year.
All time
How teams are creatively using the 50:22 kicking law in rugby
Munster, Bristol, and the Dragons delivered some smart examples last weekend.
'I was as guilty as anyone - we need to refocus and actually referee what's in law'
Nigel Owens gives his view on World Rugby’s new global trial laws.
World Rugby will globally trial the 50:22 kick and new breakdown laws
The new laws could have a big impact on the shape and safety of the game.
Players need to pull their socks up to avoid seeing red, insists Nigel Owens
Ireland duo Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki deserved to be dismissed he said.
Ban on naming child murder victims ‘absurd’, Dáil hears
A ruling last year led to a significant change in the reporting of child murder cases once someone is charged in relation to the offence.
What should we expect with the renewed focus on the breakdown laws?
Referees have been asked to police the existing laws more strictly.
Rugby actually enforcing the current breakdown laws is long overdue
World Rugby issued a ‘law application guideline’ for referees earlier this week.
World Rugby aims to stamp out side entry and players off feet at breakdown
The governing body wants referees to clamp down on side entry and players diving off their feet.
Latest horror injury at the breakdown a timely reminder for World Rugby
The Highlanders’ James Lentjes suffered a nasty ankle fracture and dislocation last weekend.
World Rugby forms working group to examine the state of the breakdown
Some of the game’s leading coaches, referees, and medical experts will be involved.
Poll: Should it be illegal for under-18s to get a tattoo or body piercing?
A bill to make it illegal is currently at the second stage.
World Rugby approves law trial to reduce tackle height to the waist
Another closed trial will see yellow cards being reviewed while players are in the sin bin.
Goal-line drop-outs and 50:22 law to be trialled in Australia's NRC
The new season kicks off on 31 August.
New 50:22 kicking rule among World Rugby's latest law proposals
Reducing the number of permitted substitutions will also be discussed by the governing body’s review group in London this week.
Decision on E-scooter regulations due shortly, as minister says electric scooter users should have a driving licence
Shane Ross has asked the RSA to research scooter regulations in other countries.
Cian Healy's law knowledge nearly delivers clever try against France
The Ireland loosehead prop realised the ruck had ended on the French goal line.
938 drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under influence of drink or drugs since start of December
Gardaí said that one in 10 of these arrests were people driving “the morning after”.
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.
Gardaí advised 'not to pursue' quad bikes due to safety concerns
Children as young as eight have been spotted driving the vehicles.
Here are just some of the government's priorities for the months ahead
Renting, judge’s appointments, microbeads and noise at the airport – just some of the issues the government plan to tackle.
Cost of rolling out abortion services in Ireland will be 'significant', says Harris
The abortion legislation will be introduced in the Dáil next week
99 people had gender recognition certs granted last year
The certificates allow a person to be legally recognised by the State under the gender they identify.
Children's rights groups angry at Dáil vote setting digital age of consent at 16 (they wanted it to be 13)
The government had put forward a proposal to set the digital age of consent at 13.
'Rent Pressure Zones are not working': What can be done to stop rising rents?
In Dublin, average rent rose by 12.4% year-on-year, and now sits at €1,875.
World Rugby approves trial of nine-point converted tries in Australia
The Western Force are looking to bring a little more excitement to the game this year.
'The de facto detained are still there': Voluntary patients still held without review due to delays in law reform
Three years ago the government committed to overhauling Ireland’s mental health laws – we’re still waiting.
Buying sex has been illegal in Ireland for one year but 'very little' has changed
Supporters and detractors of the new law have spoken of their frustration over the new bill.
'A historic day': Ireland on a path to being the 4th country in the world to ban fossil fuel exploration
Costa Rica, Belize and France have already implemented similar measures to end oil activity in their waters.
Online shopping is going to become a lot cheaper thanks to a new EU law
You will no longer be redirected to a company’s Irish or UK store.
Leo Varadkar says he will campaign to liberalise Ireland's abortion laws
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.
'I've had my rent put up twice in seven days - then I was told to leave over bin bags'
Homeowners can earn up to €14,000 a year tax free by renting out a room in their home.
Costs for local shops and the Guinness Christmas ad... just two stumbling blocks facing alcohol bill
The bill seeks to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol across the country.
Applying for a passport or driving licence? You'll soon need a Public Services Card to do so
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform confirmed that the card will be needed to apply for a passport from autumn of this year.
Cannabis set to be legal in Canada by July 2018
This would make the country only the second to do so, after Uruguay.
World Rugby is running further trials around the 'tackle-only' tactic in 2017
The defensive ploy has been under review in recent years.
A US judge has ruled you have a right to know all these actors' ages
The Screen Actors Guild thinks publishing actor’s ages leads to discrimination.
Britain wants to fine porn sites for letting under-18s visit
Critics say the approach could open a door to fraudsters.
Regulations to crack down on Dublin rickshaw drivers could be on the way soon
Transport Minister Shane Ross said discussions have recently taken place between Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority.