A file image from February 2014 of the then minister for justice Alan Shatter (left) and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said on Friday that Taoiseach Enda Kenny “encouraged him to resign” from his position. Mr Shatter stepped do(...)

 Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who has managed to guide his party through five years of government to come out of the 31st Dáil with almost the same level of support it had going in. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It’s the smaller party in an outgoing coalition that usually gets the electoral lash but it is very rare for the bigger party to escape without receiv(...)

Alan Shatter: “I would hope now that the Pulse system is only ever appropriately accessed.”

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has suggested members of the Garda routinely use the Pulse database as a “social website” to obtain “gossip” (...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter:  said all Ministers must stay on-message. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter made thinly veiled criticisms of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentar(...)

Shauna Keyes: ‘I am really quite hopeful for the future of the HSE and indeed, the maternity services.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

In 2013, the then minister for health, James Reilly, along with the minister for justice, Alan Shatter, developed the national open disclosure policy,(...)

The Bar Council retains the right to refuse membership of the Law Library to barristers in employment or new business models. The Law Society retains financial and accounting oversight of solicitors.

After years of delay, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald expects to commence legislation to overhaul the legal professions early in 2016. Records(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams: “Do I think judges can’t make mistakes? No I don’t.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin justice spokesman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has declined to say whether he agrees with his party leader’s comments on Thomas “Slab” Murphy being(...)

Any change in divorce legislation would require a referendum. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to review the requirement to wait four years for a divorce in Ireland. Ms Fitzgerald has said it is time t(...)

Sinn Féin leader Adams at the annual turning on of the Christmas Tree lights in Leinster House. Photograph: The Irish Times

The speed with which Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams rushed to the defence of the south Armagh republican boss Thomas “Slab” Murphy raises a number of em(...)

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has strongly criticised Gerry Adams’ backing of Thomas Slab Murphy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter has strongly criticised Gerry Adams’ backing of Thomas Slab Murphy claiming nobody should be fooled by the Si(...)