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Column: Striking the balance between freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial
Public interest, freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial: all these factors form a carefully-balanced relationship between the media and criminal justice system. But just how clear-cut is the law? asks Fergal Crehan.
Plan to shut down mobile phones in G8 terror event signed into law
Áras an Úachtaráin says the President has signed the Criminal Justice Bill, which allows networks to be shut down in emergencies.
Column: Ending the death penalty – a view from Texas
Former inmates are among those gathering to fight capital punishment at a world congress event that begins today, but Kirstin Houle from Texas says theirs is a daily struggle they know they will win.
President Higgins asked to sign 'mobile phone shutdown' laws early
The Government wants the new Criminal Justice Bill to be on the statute books before next week’s G8 summit.
6 interesting moments from the final day of the Oireachtas abortion hearings
The final day of the three-day hearing saw legal experts teasing out some of the most intricate detail in the draft legislation.
Column: Changing the law on abortion is dangerous and unjust
There is no evidence to show that abortion treats suicide ideation – this means that any legislation based on the grounds of suicidal ideation is irredeemably damaged, writes Cora Sherlock.
Final day of the Oireachtas hearings on planned abortion laws team brought you live updates from day three of the hearings, including testimony from legal experts.
8 interesting moments from Day 2 of the Oireachtas abortion hearings
Day 2 of the Oireachtas hearings on abortion saw psychiatrists and medical professionals give their expert opinions on the new law.
The White House says it's trying to help journalists, not hinder them
The White House has denied any prior knowledge about Association Press phone records being seized.
Mobile phone networks could be shut off during G8 due to terror threats
If amendments to legislation are approved, Minister Shatter said that mobile phone companies will be able to shut down networks in areas during the G8.
Column: We have a president with an opinion, what's the big deal?
Michael D Higgins won the Irish presidential elections based on his vision of a ‘radically inclusive Republic’. So how could anyone be surprised about him elaborating on that vision, asks Maura Adshead.
Taoiseach has 'no intention of playing party politics' over abortion issue
Enda Kenny responds to calls for a Constitutional referendum on abortion during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today.
LGBT rights group to hold 'kiss-in' for equality
LGBT Noise has also expressed concern over a recent homophobic attack on a well-known Dublin nightclub promoter.
New regulations will see private clamper fees capped
The National Transport Authority will now be in charge of regulating the clamping industry in Ireland.
'Right-to-die' appeal to be heard by Supreme Court today
Marie Fleming, who has multiple sclerosis, wants to overturn the laws which make it a criminal offence to help someone take their own life.
No concerns for Samaritans confidentiality under Children First bill
The organisation said that it is working with the Department of Children and relevant authorities to ensure its processes and procedures meet the proposed Children First legislation.
Thousands sign petition to have Piers Morgan deported from US
The petition calls on the CNN host to be deported over his gun control views.
Forced labour 'alive and well in Ireland'
Senator Jillian Van Turnhout is calling on the Government to legislate against forced labour, saying that 160 cases have been documented in Ireland since 2006.
Column: The moment I met the woman having my baby
Caroline and Niall O’Flaherty had a daughter by a surrogate mother in India. Here, Caroline recalls the moment they met her.
Irish man jailed for alleged Dubai taxi romp
The man and a British woman were accused of removing clothing and fondling each other in the cab.
Column: The ‘Kill The Gays’ law is shocking – but we mustn’t act rashly
Imposing Western will too forcefully will only put more lives in danger, writes GCN editor Brian Finnegan.
Poll: Do you support assisted suicide?
A case currently being heard before the High Court is asking whether Irish people have the constitutional right to an assisted suicide. What do you think?
Turkish jets force Syrian plane to land over suspicious cargo
Turkey says that the plane’s cargo “did not comply with rules of civil aviation” as tensions between the two countries escalate.
Changes to prostitution law in Scotland 'could see brothel keepers focus on Ireland'
The Scottish parliament is debating a plan to fast-track new laws which would make it illegal to pay for sex – but that could lead to them moving their activities here, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has warned.
Column: Intervening in prostitution is not acting the nanny
Advocating the selling of sex is not just a bad idea, writes Lisa McInerney, but also a very blinkered one.
Column: The social welfare bill - 'I wonder what this button does?'
Independent TD Stephen Donnelly laments “a series of policy mistakes” embedded into our legislation tonight as the Social Welfare Bill is signed into law.
"Outdated" succession law set to be changed
A change in succession laws in Commonwealth countries means male heirs no longer can take the throne ahead of their older sisters.
Lower drink-drive limits to be introduced this week
The blood alcohol limit for drink-driving will be reduced from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood from this Friday – certain drivers will be tested at an even lower limit of 20mg.
Ireland's abortion laws under UN spotlight
The laws will be looked at during Ireland’s first United Nations universal periodic review, where the country’s human rights record will be assessed.