Former minister for justice Alan Shatter in the  Dáil  on June 19th where he described the Guerin report as  a kangaroo court.

High Court action is further evidence that Alan Shatter is not afraid of a fight

Brian Purcell: leaving post of secretary general on foot of a hard-hitting report which found a “closed, secretive, silo-driven culture” at the Department of Justice. Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister also announces recruitment drive for permanent post of Garda commissioner

Frances Fitzgerald: “In fact, he said to me he thought it was in the best interests of the department.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Decision to depart post as secretary general ‘right thing to do’

Frances Fitzgerald addresses the media yesterday after publication of the damning report on the Department of Justice. Photograph: Aidan Cawley/The Irish Times

Criticisms include significant leadership and management problems

Palestinian refugees perform Eid al-Fitr prayers at Al-Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp. The Seanad is being recalled from its summer break and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan is preparing to address Senators about Ireland’s approach to the ongoing crisis in Gaza. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

New Foreign Affairs Minister set to address Upper House

Former junior minister Ivor Callely will be sentenced this morning for fraudulently claiming mobile expenses at Leinster House while he was a senator.   Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former junior minister pleaded guilty to fraudulently using invoice for phone expenses

Bertie Ahern has been on two trips to Ukraine this month to take part in talks aimed at ending the violence there. Sources close to the former taoiseach said he would be travelling to the country again, probably in the coming weeks. Photograph: David Sleator

Former taoiseach acting as an unpaid facilitator with Crisis Management Initiative

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin wants selection conventions to begin in October to allow candidates as much time as possible to establish themselves before the next election. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Party is considering putting up one candidate only in Dublin constituencies

Frank Flannery: While his description of the Fine Gael campaign as one of the worst he ever saw drew most attention, his critique of how the party operates in Government was of more long-term interest. Photograph: Eric Luke

Labour’s disastrous performance in May disguised Fine Gael’s weaknesses

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