In Egypt, hundreds of people have been sentenced to death in mass trials over the past two years

Amnesty condemns rise in death sentences

01 Apr Amnesty International has condemned an "alarming" rise in death sentences last year, as governments used capital punishment to combat crime and terrorism.

There are currently 12,800 gardaí in the force

250 new gardaí to be recruited over six months

01 Apr Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has told the annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors that 250 new gardaí will be recruited over the next six months.

David O'Loughlin had pleaded not guilty

Man guilty of murder of homeless man in Cork

31 Mar The family of Liam Manley, whose body was discovered in the refuse chute of an apartment block in Cork, said he should not have had to endure dying in such horrific and frightening circumstances.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier's murder in west Cork in 1996 remains unsolved

Du Plantier family lawyer welcomes Bailey verdict

31 Mar A lawyer representing the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier has welcomed yesterday's verdict in the civil case taken by Ian Bailey against the State, saying it will allow the French magistrate investigating the case to conclude his work.

Customer wanted a cake with Bert and Ernie and the slogan 'Support Gay Marriage'

Judgment reserved in NI cake row case

30 Mar Judgment has been reserved in the case against a Christian bakery accused of discrimination because it declined to make a cake carrying a pro gay marriage slogan.

Final witness heard in trial of Mark Nash for murder of two women in 1997

DNA contamination query raised in Nash case

30 Mar A forensic scientist in the trial of Mark Nash for the murder of two women in 1997 told the court that he has discounted the fact that DNA profiles from the women were found on the sleeve of a jacket belonging to the murder accused.

Commissioner Hogan said that the problem of fuel laundering could have consequences for Ireland's food sector

Warning issued over impact of fuel smuggling

29 Mar European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan has warned that the pollution problems created by fuel smuggling have the potential to cause international damage to Ireland's food industry.

The Army Bomb Disposal Unit assisted gardaí and a number of items were removed

Guns and ammunition seized in Co Louth

28 Mar Gardaí have said that a handgun seized earlier today in an operation targeting the activities of dissident republicans, was loaded with five bullets.

Amanda Knox speaks to the media during a brief press conference in front of her parents' home with her fiance Colin Sutherland

Knox 'grateful' to have life back

28 Mar Amanda Knox has said she was "full of joy" following her acquittal by Italy's top court for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.