Former tánaiste Michael McDowell said he does not know how the reported “deferential attitude” to the Garda had developed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell has said the criticisms of the Department of Justice made in an independent report paint an “alarmingly different”(...)

Complex role: Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald talks to the media about GSOC. Photograph: Alan Betson

The dysfunctional picture painted of the Department of Justice in the Toland report is alarmingly different from the department I knew when I was mini(...)

Fromer minister for justice Alan Shatter who is challenging the findings of the Guerin report in the High Court. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has initiated a High Court challenge aimed at quashing certain findings of the Guerin report concerning Mr Sh(...)

Brian Purcell:  squeezed from office because of the disastrous handling of the allegations. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The now departed secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell is one of the most experienced senior civil servants in the State.He ha(...)

Niall Collins: “While I welcome the report’s publication, it is regrettable Minister Fitzgerald delayed its release until after the Dáil rose for the summer recess.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Niall Collins has described the Department of Justice report as “damning’’ and said it showed how “dysfunctional” de(...)

May 16th, 2013: During a discussion on RTÉ’s Primetime, then Minister for Justice Alan Shatter reveals that independent TD Mick Wallace was stopped fo(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald:  is introducing an implementation statute setting up the new court. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Justice Minister’s just-published Court of Appeal Bill 2014 is a train wreck. This Government and former Justice Minister Alan Shatter spent milli(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald:  initiated the report, which also examined department’s fitness for purpose. It was expected to be published this month. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is under renewed pressure to decide on the future of Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell a(...)

Tánaiste Burton   with former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. He went quietly, but Pat Rabbitte fought an entertaining rearguard action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

THE GOLDEN WHISTLE AWARD This goes to former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan for services to “so-called whistleblowers”. Callinan’s headline(...)

 Leo Varadkar:  refreshing directness. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar needs to be careful. Such is his press and public acclaim these days that some of Enda Kenny’s apparatchiks might decide become to do a M(...)