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Hundreds of number plates featuring the new 71 series have been banned over fears of inappropriate applications such as TA71 BAN and AN71 VAX. The DVLA does not permit some registrations on the basis they may cause “offence, embarrassment and are in poor taste”.

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The High Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) made between the EU and Canada. The action was brought by Mr Patrick Costello, a Green Party TD, who claimed that CETA would adversely affect the State’s ability to make environmental re

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Carles Puigdemont, the exiled politician who led Catalonia's failed independence bid in 2017, has been arrested in Italy on the foot of a European arrest warrant. Mr Puigdemont is wanted by Spanish prosecutors for sedition after organising an independence referendum in defiance of the Spanish courts

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Judge Denis McLoughlin, a District Court judge assigned to Cavan and Monaghan, has passed away suddenly at the age of 62. The president of the District Court, Judge Paul Kelly, led tributes yesterday afternoon after the unexpected news of the judge's death earlier in the day.

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A round-up of human rights stories from around the world. Hong Kong group supporting human rights lawyers in China is latest to disband amid police pressure | Hong Kong Free Press

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Possession of class A drugs such as heroin, cocaine and MDMA may incur a police warning rather than prosecution under a new "diversion from prosecution" policy for drugs announced by Scotland's Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain QC. In a statement, Ms Bain said: "I have decided that an extension of the rec

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