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# Justice

10th December 2023
Explainer: What will facial recognition technology mean for policing in Ireland
Helen McEntee, the Minister for Justice, has told legal officials in her department to include riot and violent disorder in the new legislation.
This year
President Higgins has referred the Judicial Appointments Bill to the Supreme Court
Today’s news will be seen as a setback for Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, who included the enactment of the law in her 2023 Justice Plan.
Justice Minister announces age limit increase to 50 for new gardaí
The age limit is being increased from the previous limit of 35 in order to boost recruitment.
National Security: Garda overtime increase, 1,000 extra gardaí and €21m more in Defence budget
The Defence and Justice allocations were announced by Expenditure Minister Pascal Donohoe in the Dáil today.
Dublin’s new safety action plan to target prolific young offenders and roll out community wardens
The report launched today states ‘there remains a narrative that the North Inner City is unsafe’.
Missing in action: Ireland's national security strategy has been in the works since 2019
“There are multiple geopolitical risks at the moment… but yet all Ireland does is pay lip service to national security,” said TD Cathal Berry.
Justice Minister announces €10m in emergency fund to pay for garda overtime in Dublin
Justice Minister Helen McEntee says she has ‘absolute confidence’ in Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
Dr Ian Marder: Restorative justice helps everyone - why is it declining in Ireland?
The criminologist calls for investment in a humane approach that helps victims get answers, participate and recover, while supporting people to lead a crime-free life.
Harris urges all parties to vote for Special Criminal Court renewal in wake of Regency verdict
The Justice Minister was critical of Sinn Féin for abstaining on votes around the Special Criminal Court.
Opinion: The Inspection of Places of Detention Bill promises reforms but doesn't go far enough
Dr Ian Marder and Dr Joe Garrihy look at the new prisons and detention bill and assess its potential impact on prison oversight.
Uefa to reimburse all Liverpool fans who attended Paris Champions League final
The refund scheme is intended to cover the entire Liverpool allocation of nearly 20,000.
UK study finds minority defendants ‘more likely to be charged than white British people’
Carribean suspects were 12% more likely than white British suspects to be charged for a comparable crime.
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
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.
110 gardaí on suspension including 17 for 'sexual offences'
Twenty three gardaí have been suspended so far this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
'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.
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.
Judges to be given power to set minimum sentences for murder cases
The proposal is contained in an annual Justice plan by the Government.
All time
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.
Larry Nassar abuse victims to receive $380 million after reaching settlement - report
The settlement with USA Gymnastics ends a five-year legal battle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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 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.