The Dáil resumes this afternoon after the summer recess with a debate on a motion of confidence in Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The three-hour debate (...)

Mary Lou McDonald at a Sinn Féin meeting in Co Meath on Friday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has said its planned motion of no confidence in relation to the Fennelly report related not just to the Taoiseach but “very serious question(...)

‘From reading of the report it becomes quickly apparent that Martin Callinan’s resignation should never have been dealt with by a behind-closed-doors Commission of Investigation at all. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In technical terms, the vibes were not good. A small group of the most senior figures in Irish public life gathers in Government Buildings to discuss (...)

Retired: the former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

What is the commission, and what was it investigating? In March 2014 the Government established an inquiry into the taping of phone calls at Garda sta(...)

‘All of the key decisions which led to the situation where Martin Callinan was put under this pressure to retire were made at meetings run by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.’  Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

The word “however” is often the most important utterance in any judgment. There is a big and important “however” in the middle of the key paragraph(...)

The Fennelly commission inquiry was confronted by conflicting accounts of what occurred immediately preceding the premature retirement of former Garda(...)

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan was “removed from his office”, according to the head of the Garda Representative Association PJ Stone. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Garda Representative Association (GRA), which represents rank and file Garda members, has said it believes the former Garda commissioner Martin Ca(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Happy to debate Fennelly conclusions when Dáil resumes. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Government is prepared to respond in full to Fianna Fáil’s no confidence motion in him and Sinn Féin’s move against (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny did not force the resignation of former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan but the latter felt he should consider his position, a(...)

Martin Callinan with Alan Shatter: on March 25th, 2014, the garda commissioner retired with no notice for “family reasons”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Fine Gael-Labour Coalition has been forced to endure repeated policing crises since coming to office. A minister for justice has gone, a Garda com(...)