Simon O’Brien: “This is a significant opportunity and I am looking forward to the new challenge. The new post will bring me back home to be with my wife and young family in London”

Head of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) Simon O’Brien has announced his resignation despite still having two years to run on his contr(...)

The Garda Ombudsman office at Abbey Street Upper in Dublin. ... the investigation into its alleged bugging was carried out by a private British firm.  Time to develop our own capacity?  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Angela Merkel’s old mobile phone is an icon of our time. A Nokia 6210 Slide – it was accessed and monitored by the US spy agency the National Security(...)

The Cooke report, published two weeks ago, found no evidence that bugging had taken place at GSOC’s offices last year. Photograph:  Collins Photos

The Government and Defence Forces have said they had no role in trying to covertly place a retired Defence Forces intelligence officer into the Cooke(...)

Acting Garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan said today that a new chapter in the often troubled relationship between the Garda and GSOC had already begun to emerge.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Cooke report into alleged surveillance at the offices of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) will act as a “launch pad” for improved re(...)

Mr Justice John Cooke: his report concluded there was no definitive evidence of bugging. However it could not explain an anomaly found on a landline at the GSOC’s offices and could also not categorically rule out the possibility some form of surveillance had taken place.

The investigation into the leaking of a contentious report suggesting the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) was bugged is no longer confined(...)

The Cooke report has outlined a chain of events suggesting unidentified parties tried to influence the evidence given to the inquiry by staff from th(...)

‘All to do with an Ireland past, of course. We’re much more tolerant now. Enda pulled out all the stops in the Dáil. In fairness, he’s damn good at this. He oozes compassion and understanding.’

The publication of the Cooke report should have taken our minds off the Tuam babies story, but it didn’t. After the furore caused by the allegations s(...)

Mr Justice John Cooke. Photograph: David Sleator/THE IRISH TIMES

The Government report into the alleged bugging of the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has found that there is no evidence surveill(...)

While An Garda Síochana and its watchdog the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have always endured a difficult relationship, the bugging controversy that erupted earlier this year brought it to a new low very rapidly.

While An Garda Síochana and its watchdog the Garda Síochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have always endured a difficult relationship, the bugging cont(...)

 Alan Shatter: told the committee the Rits report had provided an alternative rebutting, or innocent, explanation for each anomaly. He told the committee it would be for retired High Court judge John Cooke to determine during his inquiry which of the two reports was more persuasive. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A parliamentary committee has criticised as “disappointing” the lack of detail in a document prepared for it by M(...)