Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “The Bill is effectively saying that the new  independent Garda authority will have no role in the most senior Garda appointments.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Legislation to reform how top-ranking Garda appointments are made has been rejected by the Minister for Justice, who said it ignored the forthcoming (...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: intends to bring a revised Freedom of Information Bill to Cabinet shortly. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Work still needs to be done to remove the culture of secrecy in the public sector and develop an approach that favours transparency in the pursuit (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said Bill “contains a number of important innovations to update, modernise and enhance Ireland’s FoI legislation”.

The act of deliberately destroying a record is to become an offence under a new Freedom of Information Bill (2012) published yesterday.The Bill was pu(...)

Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin who said voting to pomote abortion cannot be reconciled with the Catholic faith. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church is engaged in a final round of contacts with TDs urging them to vote against the abortion Bill in tonight’s critical vote Coadjuto(...)